The two of the top three teams in the League played in Clarkston for a three set slammer, with Pullman battling Clarkston. Before the game even started, the Clarkston coach boldly stated, “We can hang with Pullman. We beat East Valley and took them to five sets the last time we played Pullman.” Pullman decided that they weren’t going to let Clarkston “hang” with them by coming out and slamming Clarkston, only letting them score six points in the first set. This was the best set of the season for Pullman with an ending set score of 25-6. The next set was still good, but not nearly as thrilling as the first set as Pullman kept them under 20, with a set score of 25-15. The last set was close, but Pullman still came out with the win, 25-23. Throughout the game Pullmans blocks were on point. In the first set, Pullman's blocks were so good that Clarkston couldn’t even get the ball back over the net. Pullman's defense then had a pretty easy night because the ball only came to them once or twice. Junior Alexus Haugen had her best blocking game of the season. She stepped up and contributed a lot for the team. Another player that had a good blocking performance was Senior Lucy Gao, racking up a lot of blocks and 24 assists. Addison Hawes, a sophomore, also had a great serving game with 7 aces, a high for the night. Maddy Oleke, junior, had 11 digs and 10 kills. Sophomore, Mikayla Uhlenkott, also had 10 kills. Pullmans record improved from 6-1 to 7-1 in league. This was a win that Pullman won’t forget. Quote of the Game: Sophomore, right side hitter, Addison Hawes said, "For the rest of the league games the other teams need to watch out."
On October 6th, Pullman’s Homecoming Day, Pullman Varsity girls traveled to Seattle for the Burlington-Edison Tournament. This tournament was invite only and Pullman was fortunate to be one of the 12 teams invited. This tournament featured five of the top eight finishers in last year’s 2A state tournament. Pullman ended up playing the top four 2A teams in state. Walking into this tournament Pullman was ranked eighth in state for 2A. The first game of pool play was against Woodland ranked 3rd in 2A. The first set Pullman lost 28-26. Pullman came back and won the second set with a score of 25-16. Tournament rules were two sets of 25 and winner is decided from won/lost and point differential. Pullman won the first set and beat Woodland in points. The next game of pool play was against Lynden who was ranked sixth in 2A state, Pullman won in 2 sets 25-16 and 27-25. Pullman finished in 1st place in their first. Pullman played in their first game of the second pool. Ellensburg was ranked second in the state for 2A. Ellensburg was great offensively but Pullman held their own beating them in two sets with the scores being 25-23 and 25-22. The last game of pool play was against the number one team ranked in state, Ridgefield. Pullman ended up having a rough start losing the first set 25-23 but Pullman won the second set. The score was 25-17 so Pullman then beat Ridgefield in points landing them first place in their pool again. Pullman then moved onto bracket play where they would play the best 2 out of 3 sets. The first game was against the fourth team ranked in state, Burlington-Edison. They were also the 2017 defending state champs. Pullman ended up losing the first set 25-20. Pullman didn’t give up and won the next set 25-23. Pullman ended up crushing Edison in the last set with a score 15-4. This then brought Pullman to the championship game. In the championship Pullman played Lynden Christian a 1A private school, who finished 3rd at last year's state 1A tournament. Lynden Christian beat Pullman in two sets with the scores of 25-22 and 25-14. Pullman ended the tournament ranked second overall, but out of all the 2A teams in the tournament Pullman ranked first. This was the best competition Pullman has seen all season, it was a good tournament to prepare the hounds for the future. Pullman had some of their best games of the season in this tournament, making it easy to say that Pullman did an exceptional job.
Pullman VS East Valley
Pullman traveled to East Valley for the Greyhound's best game of the season to date. The Greyhounds had played the Knights one previous time this season, losing 3-2. Pullman wasn’t going to let that happen again. East Valley walked into the game ranked first in the league, but Pullman was a close second. That was all about to change. Pullman came out with a bang, beating the undefeated Eagles in the first set 25-15. Pullman did even better in the second set and beat East Valley again 25-11. The last set was no different than the two prior, Pullman beating East Valley 25-19. Both Pullman’s sophomores and seniors had a good game. Sophomore Mikayla Uhlenkott had 15 kills, and Sophomore Hanna Gecas had 14 digs. Senior Lucy Gao led the team in assists with 19 in total, while Senior Tianah Sanders racked up lots of aces. Pullman played as one. It was a great game to watch.Quote of the Game: In the locker room preceding this exceptional game, Tianah Sanders pumped up her team by saying, “You are on this team for a reason, now show it.”
On Saturday, September 29 Pullman’s Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Spokane for the Linda Sheridan Volleyball Tournament. It was a long day for the players, but they ended up doing very well. They lost the first game of pool play to Auburn-Riverside, a 4A school. Pullman won the first set with 25-16 and lost the next two sets with 27-26 and 15-11. The next team they played was Rogers, a 3A school. Pullman won both sets with the scores of 25-9 and 25-12. The last team Pullman played in pool play was Deer Park, a 1A school. Pullman won with set scores of 25-18 and 25-10. This put Pullman in 2nd place for their pool, landing them a spot in the gold bracket for bracket. In the gold bracket Pullman played West Valley, from the same league, and beat them in two sets: 25-18 and 25-13. Since they beat West Valley, Pullman was in the winner’s bracket within the gold bracket. Pullman sadly lost to Mead in two sets: 25-20 and 25-19. The teams in the tournament were good competition, and Pullman played right up with all the teams, landing themselves a 21st place out of 64 teams. Overall, Pullman had a successful tournament. Quote of the tournamnet: Before Pullman played Mead, a 4A school, coach Kali Gesser told the girls, “know your worth”.