Rocky Mountain helps
get the best of Cascade
LEWISTON, Idaho – By defeating Oregon Tech
and Cascade College on Saturday, the Rocky
Mountain women’s volleyball team claimed the
unofficial Holiday Inn Express Region I
Challenge championship by finishing the
two-day eight-team tournament at the
Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center
undefeated at 4-0.
tournament matched four teams from each the
Frontier Conference and Cascade Conference
in round-robin play. Teams only faced
colleges from the other conference and the
Frontier Conference got the best of the
Cascade Conference 10-6.
Mountain started the day with a 23-30,
30-25, 30-23, 30-22 win over Oregon Tech,
and followed it up with
30-19, 30-10, 30-25 triumph over Cascade.
Northwest College and Carroll College both
posted 3-1 records, while host Lewis-Clark
State and Oregon Tech went 2-2. Corban
College and Montana State-Northern went 1-3,
while Cascade College went winless at 0-4.
Northwest College, which lost a tough
five-game match to Rocky Mountain to open
the tournament on Friday, handed Carroll its
only loss on Saturday, claiming a tight
30-28, 30-27, 30-28 win. Northwest also
defeated LCSC 30-25, 30-19, 30-18 on
other matches Saturday, LCSC defeated Corban
31-29, 26-30, 30-21, 30-21, Montana
State-Northern stopped Cascade 30-19, 30-10,
30-25, Carroll defeated Corban 30-17, 30-16,
26-30, 30-21, and Oregon Tech topped MSU-Northern
30-27, 30-20, 30-17.
Tech is now 3-2 overall, while LCSC is 2-3.
The remaining teams were opening their
seasons in the tournament.
def. Cascade 30-19, 30-10, 30-25
– Rachel Mrdeza had 13 kills and Tera
O’Haire added 10 to lead MSU-Northern to its
lone tournament win. Brittany Sesler had 30
assists and Jessica Ryan finished with five
services aces. Cascade was led by four kills
apiece from Shar Agee, Amber Thomas and
LCSC def. Corban 31-29, 26-30, 30-21, 30-21
– Julie Maciboba had 14 kills, Kelly Scott
had 13 and Dana Christiansen added 10 to
lead a balanced LCSC attack. Lisa Davis had
40 assists, while Dawn Ingham added 24 digs.
Jallie Hofferd had 15 kills for Corban,
while Nina Clanton had 14.
Oregon Tech def. MSU-Northern 30-27, 30-20,
– Maggie Roberts had 16 kills and seven
digs, while teammates Krista Wooley and
Megan Albertson added 15 and 12 kills,
respectively. MSU-Northern was paced by
Mrdeza’s 11 kills.
Northwest College def. LCSC 30-25, 30-19,
– Kara VanZanten had 11 kills and 11 digs,
while Cindy Hollar had nine kills and Laura
Peterson had eight kills, two service aces
and five digs to lead Northwest College.
Kelly Scott had 11 kills for LCSC, while
Maciboba added eight.
Rocky Mountain def. Oregon Tech 23-30,
30-26, 30-23, 30-22
– Rocky lost only its third game of the
tournament, but bounced back to claim the
next three and the win behind 21 kills from
Sara Shuepbach, while Courtney Arthun added
15. Wooley paced Tech with 20 kills and 11
digs, while Krystie Vea had 18 digs.
Northwest def. Carroll College 30-28, 30-27,
– Even though Northwest swept the match, it
was a see-saw contest throughout. VanZanten
and Gina Lubanovici had 12 kills apiece,
while Andrea Cotton had 20 assists. Dayna
Casseday added 27 digs. Carroll was led by
10 kills apiece from Tiffany Rochelle and
Rocky Mountain def. Cascade 30-12, 30-7,
– Rocky emptied its bench early in this
contest as Erin Pehl had 13 kills, while
Melissa St. John had 40 assists. Alicia
Charles had five of Cascade’s 12 kills in
Carroll College def. Corban 30-17, 30-16,
– Rochelle had 12 kills, while Christie
Tyrrell added 20 assists and Valissa Sneck
25 digs for Carroll. Corban received a
strong performance from Hofferd, who
finished with 13 kills, 12 digs and two
Boxes on all tournament matches can be found