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10/31/2012 2:35:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Captain and senior Kaylee Caudill attacks the ball against the Okanogan Bulldogs at the game on Oct. 22. Caudill led the team going 98 percent on serve receive, 13-for-13 on serves, and had 14 kills.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Roslyn Green, senior, jumps up to tip the ball in over Okanogan blockers. Lisa Cunning gets low to cover Green in case the blockers got their hands on the ball. The Bulldogs lost in the first set against Okanogan but came back in the last three sets to win the match.
Cashmere wins 2 matches, makes the playoffs
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Bulldogs volleyball team won two games last week in Caribou Trail League play to secure the fourth spot in the league and make it to playoffs.

The Okanogan game had been postponed until Oct. 22 after the previously scheduled game was canceled due to the smoke.

Sharmen Dye, Cashmere head coach, said the game was a crowd pleaser. Four sets of tough battles for both teams led to a Bulldog victory.

"The girls were ready to fight for their league standing and committed to win," Dye said.

The Cashmere Bulldogs stayed close to the Okanogan Bulldogs in the first set returning solid hits after digging up Okanogan's attacked ball. The girls were unable to take the lead in the first set and ended up losing 25-22.

For the second set the girls came out strong and ready to take a win. The set was full of back and forth scoring but Cashmere took the set 25-19. The girls dominated in the third set 25-13 and took away the fourth set from Okanogan 25-20 for the match win.

Carrie O'Donnell had a solid offense game going 20-for-22 and eight kills. Dye said she had multiple great offensive plays.

Captain Kaylee Caudill went 98 percent on serve receive and had serious hustle on the court, according to Dye. She had 14 kills and went 13-for-13.

"Elijah Smith had her best serving game of all season, 100 percent served in, 18 out of 18 serves. Okanogan had a really tough time returning her serves, she was on fire," Dye said.

Lisa Cunning had 32 assists, two kills, and was on top of her game for defense.

"I am pleased to see both or JV and varsity teams growing," Dye said. "We are starting to look like a well rounded volleyball program, thanks to the girls dedications and hard work. Overall the team is staying strong and focused, working harder than ever as we near the seasons end."

The girls lost to the top league competitor, Chelan, the following day in three sets. On Oct. 27 the Bulldogs played Tonasket and won in four sets.

Caudill had over 35 kills between both games and had 28 serves in the match against Tonasket.

Cunning had a total of 60 assists for both games and racked up five kills. O'Donnell had a total of 25 kills for both games.

At the home game against Tonasket the three seniors on the team were honored for the last home game of the season. Caudill, Cunning, and Roslyn Green were honored.

"They are all strong players and leaders on the court. They will be greatly missed by our team," Dye said of the players.

The Bulldogs finished 7-6 in league play for the regular season. On Oct. 30 the girls played against Brewster for the first round of post-season playoffs. The results were unavailable at press time.

"I am very thankful for my assistant coaching staff, Katie Broadbent and Bev Strutzel. Both are committed to developing strong players. We all really mesh well, which reflects in our team morale."

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.





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