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10/3/2012 3:12:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Senior and team captain Kaylee Caudill goes up for the block against Chelan in the Sept. 25 game. The Bulldogs played hard but were unable to take a set away from the Goats. The girls lost 3-0. The next volleyball game is this Thursday against the Brewster Bears.
Bulldogs battle tough Goat team
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

After coming off a 3-2 win against Omak the week before, the Cashmere volleyball team had a hard time taking points away from Chelan when they lost 3-0 in the first home game of the season.

The gym had been filled with smoke for a few weeks causing the Bulldogs to lose gym time and eventually forcing them into practicing at Cascade's gym in Leavenworth. Even with the smoke dilemma, the girls season started looking up after they took away a win in the fifth set against Omak for the match.

On Sept. 25 the girls hosted the number two CTL team Chelan and were unable to win a set. The first set started with a positive momentum when Cashmere scored the first two points against the opposing Goats.

"Corine Tuner had a strong night starting off defensive play with a block against Dietrich," said Cashmere Head Coach, Sharmen Dye.

After the Bulldogs scored the first two points in the first set they gave away a nine point streak to the Goats before getting another point. Only a few more points were scored by the Bulldogs and the Goats took the first set 25-6.

In the second set, the girls came out trying to work against Chelan's powerhouse middle hitter Dietrich. Junior Michelle Pinckney and senior Roslyn Green stayed close to the net and were able to get a few blocks against the Chelan offense. However, a majority of those blocks fell to the wrong side of the net for the Bulldogs allowing the Goats to rack up the points with kills.

The Bulldogs doubled their score from the first set but were unable to win the set with the Goats attacking the ball with no return from Cashmere's defense. Chelan won the second set 25-12.

The third set was similar to the first two with Chelan dominating net play. Cashmere was unable to cover their blockers to get the ball up and back over the net. The match quickly came to an end with the Goats finishing the final set 25-11.

Senior Kaylee Caudill led the team in serves.

Dye said it was a, "rough night against Chelan," for the Bulldogs Volleyball team.

Currently the girls are sitting in fourth place for the league. Dye said she believes the team has a strong start and the team is motivated to win.

After the loss against Chelan, Dye said the team would be working on their offensive game.

"[Offensive game] needs to be stronger and I am excited to see the team play to their full potential once they feel confident about their skills," Dye said. "We have worked out most of the early season kinks and now moving on to playing harder, well played games and victories."

The Bulldogs played in a Quincy Invite tournament on Sept. 29 where they won two matches against Quincy and Othello, and lost two matches against Gar-Pal and Ephrata.

"For our season we have been focusing on coming together as a team and trusting our teammates. I feel as though the first games helped us achieve those goals. The last two games were good as well, but I feel that the day had gotten the better of us and we were dragging," said Cashmere Captain, Caudill.

The girls played against Tonasket on Oct. 2 but results were unavailable at press time. Their next scheduled game is on Thursday against Brewster at home.

"The team is focused on doing their best and staying up there in the league standings. Teamwork and growing a strong program is basic foundation for any sports team. Once we have that established then victory becomes the next step," Dye said.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.



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