PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lake City gets Coeur d'Alene, advances to state play-in match
COEUR d’ALENE — Lake City coach Michelle Kleinberg could tell her team wasn’t ready to be done with the season throughout the day.
At school during the day, walking into the gym and warming up for Thursday’s loser-out match in the 5A Region 1 tournament.
Senior Hanah Stoddard had 31 kills and 11 digs for the Timberwolves in a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 win over the Coeur d’Alene Vikings, Lake City’s first in four tries against its crosstown rival this season.
“This week, we’ve really found our heartbeat,” Kleinberg said. “We’re playing team volleyball and making it a point to have fun. They’re enjoying playing, and it’s fun to see on the court. The girls were ready for today, and there was a good vibe in the gym. Their energy all day, the girls were just focused on the task at hand. The girls were focused on playing for the seniors and making it a special night, and they did.”
Senior Nellie Reese had 12 kills, 14 assists and five aces, junior Ella Hosfeld 19 assists and junior Allie Bowman 16 digs for Lake City (16-6), which faces Centennial High of Boise in a state play-in match on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Grangeville.
Junior Madi Symons had eight kills, freshman Paisley Goings five kills and two aces, junior Hailey Wuolle 16 assists, senior Olivia Dixon seven digs and senior Maicy Nelson six digs for Coeur d’Alene, which finished 11-12.
“Lake City’s a good team,” Coeur d’Alene coach Carly Curtis said. “They were scrappy and their offense was strong. We just had to go out and battle, and just couldn’t quite pull it off. We knew it was going to be tough to get Lake City a fourth time, but just had to fight to the best of our ability.”
SPIRIT LAKE — Senior Jaycie Pratt had 20 kills, 16 digs, three aces and one block for the Tigers in a 25-14, 25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 15-11 win over the Badgers in the 3A District 1 tournament second-place game, advancing to the state tournament.
“Both teams fought for every point,” Timberlake coach Michelle Garwood said. “It was a great match played by both teams.”
Senior Sami Wilfong had 35 assists and 10 digs, freshman Isabelle Torr 13 digs, senior Emma Patrick four aces and senior Ashliana Thomas nine kills, six digs and three aces for Timberlake (12-7), which opens at state next Friday.
Bonners Ferry finished 9-8.
COEUR d’ALENE — The Miners (17-5) beat the Jaguars (7-8) in the 1A Division I District 1 championship match at North Idaho College’s Christianson Gymnasium, advancing to a state play-in match vs. Genesee on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lake City High.
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In the 1A Division II District 1 title match at NIC, Clark Fork swept Mullan for its fifth straight district title. The Wampus Cats will play in a state play-in match Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lake City.
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OROFINO — Shelby Martin had 17 kills and seven aces for the Lumberjacks in a 25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 17-25, 15-9 loss to the Bulldogs in the 2A District 1-2 tournament at Orofino High.
Lily Daniel had 35 assists, Berkli McGreal 10 digs for St. Maries, which finished 3-8.