Volleyball Makes State

First Appearance in 28 years


The overall energy was through the roof at the 2019 WIAA State Tournament for the Lake Roosevelt Volleyball team. The Lady Raiders burst out of their cocoon in the first match against Kalama Chinooks, earning a lead of 1-0 and a score of 25-15.

Number nine, senior Mikaylah Thompson had the most kills in match one. Number one, senior Megan Abel with the most digs. Number three, senior Ellie Hansen,  keeping Kalama in check with the most blocks. Finally,number eight, junior Raven Clark, had 100 percent serving throughout the whole tournament.

Match two Kalama ties the games at 1-1, with a 13-25 score. Clark had the most serves in. Number two, sophomore Emma Marchand, and Thompson tied for the most aces in match two. Kalama takes match three and four as well, 16-25 and 21-25.

Our Lady Raiders fought long and hard. They gave their all and made history for LR. This year is the first time LR has made it to State in 28 years! 

Thursday evening, LR played Chewelah Cougars to remain in the competition. The first match proved that LR still had some fight left in them by crushing the Cougars, 25-13.

Unfortunately, that would be the last win LR would earn. As the battle progressed, the Lady Raiders kept pushing and didn’t give up, leaving match two a close game, 19-25.

However, the Cougars fought harder than before and LR gave up the lead while Chewelah pulled ahead in the third match, 9-25. Determined to fight until the end, LR proceeded to battle their own problems as well as the opponent as the games ended.

The final match result was 15-25. Chewelah defeating our Lady Raiders.

Coach Teri Sue Reed commented on the girls’ season: “This year was magical. We set a goal to make it to State. We worked hard on the things that would get us there. For instance, team bonding, teamwork, good attitudes, and just plain hard work. We put it all together at the right time when we beat Liberty Bell. It paved our way to State. I will always cherish the memories of this team. BELIEVE.”

“The season was great with all the talent and support both on and off the court. It was such an experience to finally go to state after 28 years and had such an unbreakable bond with each other,” Sidney Dick, number seven stated.

Our seniors had a good game; Hansen’s digs were 100 percent. Abel had a total of five kills including the backwards dump right over the net. Thompson had nine kills overall. LR had a very good season and the whole Grand Coulee area is extremely proud of how far these ladies pushed themselves.