YAKIMA – Reardan senior Liz Flowers called it “the whole picture.”
In the aftermath of a surprisingly easy 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 State 2B volleyball championship win over Colfax at the SunDome on Saturday night, Flowers was talking about the keys to the Indians’ undefeated season and second straight state championship.
“We knew we had a big target on our back,” Flowers said with a broad smile. “But we knew if we played to the top of our potential we would succeed. We have everything we needed. And this week, every single game we improved.”
That’s something of an understatement. The Indians needed the minimum 12 games to repeat.
Reardan treated the powerhouse Bulldogs like an unwanted party guest, grabbing the lead in the early middle each game and just steadily extending it.
“They’re bigger, more athletic and they executed tonight,” Colfax coach Sue Doering said. “Sometimes that happens.”
Kelsey Moos was a big part of the actions with 19 blocks and 11 kills. Flowers had eight blocks and 11 kills. Chantel Heath powered the offense with 30 assists.
Colfax and Reardan made quick work of their semifinal opponents.
The Indians brushed Adna aside 25-16, 25-18, 25-17, while Colfax took the measure of Darrington 25-13, 25-15, 25-10. Each semifinal match was finished in less than 50 minutes.
The Loggers played well into the night Friday just to get a shot at Colfax. Because of delays, Darrington’s quarterfinal match against Riverside Christian was the last to start – at 9:45 p.m. – and it finished just before midnight.
Reardan coach Brittney Kubik was pleased her squad was able to take care of its semifinal business so easily.
“This is exactly what we wanted,” she said. “Our kids aren’t tired at all.”
Colfax’s rout of Darrington completed a rugged lead-up to a shot at Reardan that included an opening-round match with fellow 2B powerhouse La Conner.
“The bottom line is we thought we’d be here (headed for the finals),” Colfax coach Doering said. But we still had to play the matches.”
It didn’t hurt that the Bulldogs served 20 aces. Setter Amelie Bruya had 19 assists in the match.