Big Bend falls to Spokane in three sets

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  • Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Payson Griner goes to put the ball past the towering Spokane defenders in the second set on Wednesday.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald McKnight tries to play the ball past the outstretched hands of the Spokane players in the Vikings’ three-set defeat.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald A pair of Spokane players go up for the block as Brynn McKnight rears back for the kill on Wednesday.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Brynn McKnight goes for the kill against Spokane in the first set of the match on Wednesday.

  • Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Payson Griner goes to put the ball past the towering Spokane defenders in the second set on Wednesday.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald McKnight tries to play the ball past the outstretched hands of the Spokane players in the Vikings’ three-set defeat.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald A pair of Spokane players go up for the block as Brynn McKnight rears back for the kill on Wednesday.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Brynn McKnight goes for the kill against Spokane in the first set of the match on Wednesday.

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend volleyball lost to Spokane in three sets on Wednesday, 19-25, 17-25, 19-25. The Vikings move to 16-11, 6-6 in region play on the season.

The Vikings opened up a lead in the first set early. Spokane fought back to even the set midway through before retaking the lead. The visitors were able to make a run late to pull away and take a one set lead.

The second set went toe-to-toe for most of the way early on. Both sides traded leads before the Sasquatch were able to again pull away late in the set to take the 2-0 set lead.

Spokane found the lead early in the third set, but the Vikings were able to pull within a pair late. The comeback came up short as the Sasquatch were able to make a run late to take the third set and the match.

Payson Griner led the Vikings with 10 kills, while Brynn McKnight was close behind with nine. Martina Wilder and Madison Shrope each had 13 assists. Dakota Egbert led the way with nine digs for Big Bend.

Vikings head coach Michael De Hoog said after the match that he was proud of how his team stepped up in their second matchup against Spokane, a team that has only lost once in the last two years.

“I’ve told our players that we’re capable of competing with, and beating, any team,” De Hoog said. “And I think that after the match they finally saw it a little bit.”

The Big Bend coach said his team just wasn’t aggressive enough down the stretch.

“We didn’t play to win,” De Hoog said. “We were just a little bit too cautious.”

With the season winding down, De Hoog said he wants his team to be able to control their own destiny in the postseason and not depend on other teams. In practice, the Big Bend coach said he’s worked with his team on going back to the basics, fine tuning skills while working on game situations in scrimmages.

Next up for the Vikings is a trip to face Blue Mountain on Friday.

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