Indians' season ends; Pirates in district

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POMEROY — Pomeroy hosted Touchet in a Southeast 1B loser-out volleyball match here Tuesday night, with the Pirates living to play Garfield-Palouse today in the first round of the district tournament with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-13 victory over the Indians.

“I was pleased with our intensity,” Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said. “We bounced back nicely after a tough loss last night.”

Crossfield was referring to Monday night’s seeding-match loss to Garfield-Palouse, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11, which gave the Pirates the fifth-seed to the Tuesday night’s match against Touchet.

Against the Indians, Mackenzie Monahan recorded 16 kills and six digs for Pomeroy.

McKenzie Uto had six digs, Ireland Mayfield dished 23 assists, Savannah Ruark had five blocks, and Cheyenne Miller was 25-for-25 serving with eight aces.

For the Indians, CierraJo McKeown picked up four aces, six kills, two blocks and seven digs, Kristin Warner dove for 18 digs, Morgan Downing had five aces, and Shelby Gould and Rachael Miller had three blocks apiece.

“They played hard tonight and I am proud of them,” Touchet coach April Miller said as the Indians’ season comes to an end with a 1-6 SE1B record, 3-11 overall. “This is such a great group of young ladies. Their attitude and heart is top notch.

“We were glad to be able to play Pomeroy again,” she said. “Last time we were there, we had a couple kids we had to drop off to go to the hospital on the way home. So, we were all looking forward to playing them healthy in a rotation we have been working on. However, in the first game, our senior, Kristen Warner, sprained her ankle this match.

“This has been an up and down year for the girls,” Miller said. “Because we are so small in numbers, the girls have learned a couple different positions and offenses and several rotations due to health and eligibility.

“This has been a pretty inexperienced volleyball team that has gained a lot of experience this year,” she said. “I’m looking forward to next year already.”

Pomeroy now heads to Colfax for a rematch with No. 2-seeded Gar-Pal at 3 p.m. today.

The winner of that match plays Tekoa-Oakesdale at 6 p.m., with the victor there advancing to the District 9 championship Saturday in Colfax.

The loser of today’s first match plays a loser-out match at 2 p.m. Saturday in Colfax.

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