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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Eagles outlast Colton in five


October 10, 2019

Two county Southeast 1B volleyball teams met Tuesday night in Colton and went to a 15-15 tie in the fifth game.

Needing to win by two points, at 16-15, St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse’s Ashlynn Archer stuffed a Colton kill, the ball dropped onto Colton’s court and it was over.

“Then the gym erupted,” said Eagles Coach Jenn Johnson.

Archer, a sophomore middle blocker, led the winners with 20 kills, 12 blocks and 24 digs. Roxy Dickerson added 23 assists and three aces.

Last week, the Eagles swept Prescott and Colton swept Touchet.

Colton’s record is now 10-3 overall, 5-3 in league. SJEL stands at 9-10, 3-4 in league.

At Pomeroy Oct. 1, Colton went down 24-26, 12-25, 18-25.

St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse, behind Pomeroy, Oakesdale and Colton in the standings, aims to make up ground Thursday with a home match for pink night against Oakesdale – a team that has swept them every time they’ve met the past two seasons.

“Our big test is Thursday,” said Johnson.


In Southeast 1B volleyball standings, Pomeroy leads with a 6-0 record, followed by Oakesdale in second (6-1) and Colton third (5-3). Touchet (3-4) is tied with St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse (3-4) in fourth. Garfield/Palouse is at 2-6 and Prescott 0-7.


“The girls are back,” said SJEL’s Coach Johnson last week, Oct. 2, after a weekend in Spokane at the 64-team Linda Sheridan tournament and a sweep of Tekoa/Rosalia Sept. 26 and Garfield/Palouse Oct. 2.

At Palouse, the scores were 25-11, 25-18 and 25-11.

Archer led with three aces, 15 kills and six blocks. Macy Brantner had seven kills and six blocks for Garfield/Palouse.

At the Sheridan tournament in Spokane, St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse lost to Sandpoint, Lewiston and Wenatchee, and beat Asotin, Sunnyside Christian and West Valley.

“It was a good boost of confidence, they’re ready to keep on playing,” said Johnson.

The results followed a 1-4 start to league play.

“It was a collective group effort. The talk was back, the movement was back and everyone was swinging hard,” Johnson said.


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