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10/31/2013 9:22:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Cashmere learns from top Kodiak squad

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer


Minutes after the end of a lopsided encounter with the powerhouse Cascade Kodiaks, Cashmere head coach Sharmen Dye had a one-word answer for what her team could learn after an up-close look at one of the best teams in the state: Everything.

"They serve well, they hit well, they pass well, they are number one in the league," she said. "It's an awesome opportunity to go up against a team like that, because it's going to better us. It's going to make us stronger. We have no choice but to fight back."

Cascade beat Cashmere 25-5, 25-7 and 25-13. In the first set, Cascade jumped to a 15-1 lead. In the second set, Cashmere held its only lead of the contest, when Carrie O'Donnell had a tip kill to start the set. Cascade tied on a sideout on the next serve and took the lead on a Eliana Ala'ilima Daley kill. They would remain ahead for the rest of the set.

In the third set, Cashmere put up a bigger fight. At times, Cashmere trailed by as few as two [7-5] points.

"It got better," Dye said. "I pushed them, 'We gotta keep getting our score up.' Yes, I want to win, but I want to get a higher score; one step at a time on what I wanted them to do. They eventually changed their defense and we got some blocks, we got some hits."

Dye praised Cascade as a physical, strong, smart and experienced team.

Carrie O'Donnell had three kills, and three blocks. Tawnie Petterborg had five assists. Samantha Steele had two kills and one block.

"This was one of our weaker serving games," Dye said. "I think it was more of a mental mindset, I'm guessing, always coming up against Cascade on their home territory. They have a strong cheering crowd, it's tough. We are not up there in the league, Cascade is No.1 and they got a lot of hometown support."

After Cascade, Cashmere then lost 3-0 to Omak on the road Oct. 26 and held Senior Night Oct. 29 against an opponent that looked as tough as the Kodiaks, the Chelan Goats. Scores for the latter match weren't available prior to press time.

The 1-11 Bulldogs end their season Saturday on the road against Tonasket. Cashmere scored its only 2013 victory when the winless Tigers visited Cashmere Oct. 8.

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.

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