On Tuesday, September 25th, Pullman hosted the West Valley Eagles at home. At their first meeting this season, the Hounds beat West Valley in three sets. Tuesday was no different. The Hounds won the match in three sets with set scores of 25-12, 25-11, 25-10. West Valley’s record is 0-6 in the league, and Pullman’s is 4-1. Both Maddy Oelke and Lucy Gao had a solid game, Oelke with a total of 14 kills, Gao with 35 assists. Addison Hawes had her best game of the season with 14 digs. Pullman’s blockers, Tianah Sanders, Lucy Gao, and Mikayla Uhlenkott, were a force to be reckoned with, all at three blocks apiece. Quote of the Game: In a statement to the Lewiston Tribune, Coach Kali Gesser remarked, “It was probably the best I’ve seen them play in the last couple of weeks.” Overall, it was a great game to watch.
Pullman Greyhounds took on the Moscow Bears at Pullman High School. It was a non-league game but the Hounds were battling their biggest rivals. In a three set thriller the Hounds were able to pull through. Earlier this season Pullman beat Moscow in five sets. The set scores of this game were 25-13, 25-14, 26-24. Lucy Gao, Pullman’s senior setter, stepped up as a leader and had 34 assists for the night beating out Moscow’s setter. Another senior having a great night was Tianah Sanders, Pullman’s middle blocker, who had 3 blocks. Mikayla Uhlenkott had a good defensive night with 17 digs, beating out the other Moscow passers. She also nabbed 10 kills. Hounds had a good night overall. Quote of the Game:Lucy Gao who said, “The first set is won by the team with the best talent. The second set is won by the team in the best shape. The final set is won by the team with the most heart.”
The Hounds played Clarkston at home on Thursday, 20 of September. The hounds were excited and ready the match and used that energy to win the first two sets. The score of the first set was 25-20. The second set was close but no different with the hounds pulling out with the win the ending score 25-17. The third set was close and took a turn. Clarkston pulled out a win in the third set with a score of 25-19. Clarkston then used the momentum from the third set to give them a win in the fourth set at 25-23. The fifth set was close and very intense. The score set was back and forth and Pullman was able to pull ahead at the final to come back and win the match with a win at 15-12. The entire match was very close and both teams played very well but Pullman came through at the end and was able to defeat Clarkston. The Hounds had a great blocking game and were very scrapy overall. The Hounds won the match with the ending set score of 3-2.
The Moscow Bears have won the last three matches against the Pullman Greyhounds. On Tuesday, the Hounds had a rough start, losing the first set 25-23. During the second set the Hounds finally started to wake up and won 29-27, with a slow start but catching up at the end. It was an extremely close set. The Hounds took momentum from their last set to pound the Bears winning 25-17. Even though the Bears lost the third set, they were determined to stay in the game by winning the fourth set with a score of 27-25. With both teams tied at two sets each, the teams advance into the deciding fifth set. The Hounds decided that they were not going to lose another year to Moscow, they won the last set 15-8. Hanna Gecas led the Hounds with 26 digs, and Lucy Gao had the most assists of the night with 43, outdoing the Bear’s setter by 12 more assists. Mikayla Uhlenkott also led the team with 21 kills and Maddy Oleke was right behind her with 17 kills. The Hounds are looking forward to playing Moscow again on Monday, September 24.