It was just a matter of time before coach Brandy Sonderland had the Kennewick volleyball program up and running.
Tuesday, the Lions knocked off perennial powerhouse Kamiakin (2-1) on the road in five sets for their first Mid-Columbia Conference win in more than a year.
“It’s rewarding to get a win like this and see their efforts pay off,” Sonderland said. “To do it in their gym — they have some rowdy fans — I am unbelievably proud.”
Brianna Shaffer led the Lions (1-2) with 25 kills, while Monica Kaylor had 11 kills, six blocks and 14 digs, and Madeline Gebers 40 assists.
“We have been competing and we were finally able to finish it,” Sonderland said. “It was the most consistent match we have played. They are a focused group and ready to take care of business.”
Delaney Frame led the Braves with 13 kills, while Janessa Pearson and Jenna Clark each added 11 kills and Maddy Eerkes 51 assists.
Set scores: Kennewick 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 19-25, 15-5. Kennewick: Brianna Shaffer 25K, 9 digs; Monica Kaylor 11K, 2 aces, 14 digs, 6B; Madeline Gebers 40 assts, 9 digs, 2B. Kamiakin: Daryn Lutes 12 digs; Delaney Frame 13K, 6 digs; Janessa Pearson 1 ace, 11K, 1B, 13 digs; Jenna Clark 2 aces; 11K, 1B, 16 digs; Katelin Grant 3K, 4B, 1 dig; Maddy Eerkes 51 assts; 10 digs; Megan Massey 22 digs.