Cheney volleyball goes 1-1 in Great Northern play

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The Cheney High volleyball team had another busy week of competition.

After going 1-1 in Great Northern League action — a win over East Valley, 3-1, Sept. 29, and a loss to Clarkston, 3-1, Oct. 1 — they finished the week with a third-place finish in the silver bracket of the Linda Sheridan Classic volleyball tournament, Oct. 4 played at Shadle Park High School.

Cheney showed strong offense against East Valley. The game scores were 25-22, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-23.

“I was excited to see us show up to beat East Valley, they always give us good competition,” head coach Heather Zorrozua said. “We did what we needed to do.”

Marissa Peach led her team with 11 kills and five serving aces while Peyton Stark had 25 assists. On defense, Hailey Bridges had 26 digs with Kristi McGourin and Peach a block each.

“Bridges did outstanding against East Valley,” Zorrozua said. “She was in the right place and that match really bumped up her confidence.”

The Lady Blackhawks were unable to continue their momentum against Clarkston. The game scores were 18-25, 29-27, 23-25 and 22-25. Individual statistics were unavailable as of press time.

Zorrozua felt her team became frustrated with Clarkston’s defense throughout the match.

“I told them that we could come up with different excuses, but we’ve got to show up to play,” Zorrozua said. “We have Clarkston this Saturday and we’ve got a few extra days of practice to work on some stuff.”

Scores and statistics from the Sheridan Classic were not available as of press time.

Zorrozua said her pool had several 5A schools and different levels of competition. After the first day and the match against Tahoma on Saturday morning, her team began to play with more consistency once they entered bracket play.

“Peyton (Stark) was setting a lot better,” Zorrozua said. “Taylor (Gould) and Rylie (Pease) were hitting better. I wished we could have had that consistency on Friday. “We could have competed a lot better.”

Cheney is 4-2 in league play and 5-2 overall, and are in second place in the GNL standings. The Lady Blackhawks host West Valley Oct. 8 for Cancer Awareness Night and Clarkston, Oct. 10.

“We’ve got some work to do, the girls are excited to beat Clarkston since this is the last time we’ll be playing them,” Zorrozua said.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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