Pullman got a bid to state for 2018 season by winning their district tournament and crossover match. They traveled all the way to Lacy, Washington for the 2A Washington State Volleyball Championship. Pullman came into the tournament ranked first in 2A. For their first game, they were matched up to play Ridgefield. Pullman lost the first two sets with the scores being 25-17 and 25-14. Pullman then pulled through and won the next two sets with the scores of 25-20 and 25-18. Unfortunately, Pullman lost the last set 15-9 but put up a good fight. After, Pullman played Washington of Tacoma in the consolation bracket. It was quite a battle but ended with ease with the scores of 25-23, 33-31, and 25-13. For the first day, Pullmans record was then one win and one loss. For the next game, Pullman lost all three sets to White River with the sets scores for that game being 25-23, 25-20, and 25-14. The Hounds' right side, Addison Hawes, fell in the last set, spraining her ankle, and was unable to continue the last set. Pullman ended up getting no placing in state but they still had a great winning season. Both Tianah Sanders and Lucy Gao were the only seniors for Pullman’s volleyball team who displayed great leadership and led the team to rack up a lot of wins. Pullman’s record ended up being an amazing 16-3 for the whole season. Lucy Gao, Maddy Oelke, and Mikayla Uhlenkott made all-league first team for the season and Tianah Sanders made all-league second team. Sadly, Kali Gesser will no longer be the head coach for the Pullman Greyhounds after this year. She managed to go to state both years coaching the Greyhounds and last year’s team won team of the year for Pullman high school’s Barkley’s. Pullman still looks to have great potential for the coming 2019 season. Quote of the season: This was a quote from head coach Kali Gesser at the state tournament after they lost to White River she said, “We belong here and we lost to a good team, don’t let that take away from how hard you have worked this season. You guys are a great team and all of you are on this team for a reason. I see lots of potential for this next coming season. Thanks for making this a great season.”
Saturday, November 3rd, Selah traveled to Pullman High School for a crossover match that would decide who gets a bid to state. Selah’s record was 11-6 but, after playing Pullman, their record is now 11-7. Pullman won all the sets with the set scores 25-17, 25-16, and 25-17. Pullman played one of the best games of the season and the Hounds will use this win to push them further in state. Addison Hawes had a great serving game with a total of four aces. Mikayla Uhlenkott had a good game defensively and offensively. She had 14 kills and 14 digs. Setter Lucy Gao had five blocks and 31 assists. Pullman is looking forward to state and are working to finish strong. Pullman will be leaving on November 8th and will play on Saturday the 9th at 9:00 against Richfield. Quote of the Game:Hanna Gecas said before the game started, "States not ready for us, so let's show them how hard we had to work to get where we are now."
On Saturday, October 28th, Pullman hosted districts. East Valley and Cheney played first to see who would play the Pullman Greyhounds for the league title. East Valley beat Cheney and then faced Pullman. The Hounds won easily with set scores of 25-12, 25-16, and 24-16. Pullman was very strong offensively, Maddy Oelke leading the Greyhounds with ten kills. Pullman setter, Lucy Gao, also had a strong offensive game with eight kills and led the team in sets with 24 assists. Throughout the game, the Hounds' back row was solid, picking up almost everything that East Valley would throw down and initiating several attacks. Hanna Gecas led in digs with a total of thirteen. Pullman played skillfully all around, and their record is now 13-1. They are looking to earn a bid to state with a crossover match on November 3rd.
Quote of the Match: At the end of the match Kali Gesser told the Lewiston tribune, “I’m very proud of this team.”
Greyhounds Crush On Senior Night
For the last league game of the season, the Pullman Greyhounds took time to honor their two seniors on varsity: Lucy Gao and Tianah Sanders. The game was at home against Clarkston. The Greyhounds walked into this match ranked first in league, and won. This improved their record to 11-1 in league games and 13-1 in total games. Pullman’s seniors stepped up and took leadership in the set, making the set scores 25-11, 27-25, and 25-16. Mikayla Uhlenkott had the most kills of the night with 14 total, as well as two blocks. Lucy Gao, Pullman setter, had a stellar game with 29 assists for the night, beating out the Clarkston setter. Hanna Gecas, Pullman’s libero, had the most digs at 14 total. For aces, Pullman also dominated, with Maddy Oleke and Lucy Gao racking up four each. Pullman’s next game will be districts, hosted at home on October 27th, at 2:00 PM. The Hounds are guaranteed a crossover match on November 3rd, location and time TBD. This crossover match will determine if they will receive a bid to state. Pullman’s seniors are increasing the team's chances of this, as they have really stepped up their game in the last half of this season. Go Hounds!