This season may be unlike anything the Selah High volleyball team has ever experienced. But at least the senior-led Vikings are making the most of their opportunities, posting a stout 7-2 record through their first nine matches.
“We’ve been playing really well and have been competitive in every match, even the two losses to Ellensburg and West Valley,” head coach Becky Gause said. “Both of those went to five games, so we know we can play with anybody.”
Selah posted the highlight of its season with a five-set win over CWAC rival Ellensburg in the rematch on March 13. Going into the match, Gause said playing in their own gym, in front of their families, would provide a tremendous boost for her players.
“We feel like we can definitely compete against them,” she said of the 2019 state-trophy winners. “They have been so dominant in the CWAC the past few years, but we feel like we have a good chance to knock them off this time.”
One reason for the coach’s optimism is her talented, experienced senior class of Addison Scott (outside hitter), Sydney Wells (OH), Sandra Hrle (middle hitter) and Madi Ditter (setter). She also has sophomore Taylor Kieser (OH, setter) — a 2019 all-league selection — along with junior middle hitter Ryenne Howell and sophomore libero Jacey Scott.
Scott, the team captain, has played all four years on the varsity squad, while Wells — a softball standout — has been in the mix for three years.
“Taylor and Addison are leading our offense, but Sydney has really been coming into her own this season,” Gause said. “It’s also been good to see Ryenne adjust to the speed of the varsity game after a couple good years on JV.”
Gause said one of the highlights of this shortened season has been the limited number of fans the team has been able to welcome to its home matches. According to WIAA safety rules, each player on the home team may invite four family members to watch in person.
“That’s been a huge advantage for us because we play with even more pride when our fans are there watching us,” the coach said.
Gause added that after so much uncertainty this year, she and her staff are overjoyed that the girls have gotten a chance to play against other competitive programs from around the Valley.
“It’s been such a rewarding experience,” she said. “The girls have embraced every moment and they are so thankful to have the opportunity to play. It’s also nice that we can send our seniors off on a positive note.”
Selah closed out the season with wins at Grandview on March 16 and Prosser on March 20 to run its season record to 10-2.