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”.
Pullman Crushes Cheney
Tuesday, September 27th, Pullman traveled to Cheney for a three-set thriller. Cheney put up a good fight, but Pullman managed to pull through with yet another win. The three set scores were all very close, coming out to 25-23, 25-23, and 25-15. Even though Pullman had a slow start, they played very well both defensively and offensively. Cheney, on the other hand, was very good at blocking, causing some difficulty for the Pullman hitters throughout the match. However, they still managed to score points on kills. Cheney also had strong serves, which really gave Pullman a run for their money. Defensively, Hanna Gecas and Addie Hawes did a great job of getting all the tips that the setter threw over. Lucy Gao continued to have the most assists of the night with 27 in total, as well as three blocks and four aces. Maddy Oelke and Mikayla Uhlenkott led the team in kills, with nine for Maddy and eight for Mikayla. Tianah Sanders had a couple of good blocks, contributing to the close game. Hounds look to continue this winning streak on Tuesday, October 2nd when they face East Valley--the only team that has beat the Pullman Greyhounds so far this season.