Kennewick knocks off Kamiakin in MCC volleyball

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.

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Correas go 2 for 2 at Moses Lake Invitational

By Dustin Brennan - Tri City Herald

September 10, 2017 3:33 PM

Johan Correa blew the field away and Geraldin Correa nipped her closest competitor at the line as Kennewick High School’s star cross country siblings swept the varsity races at the Moses Lake Invitational on Saturday.

Johan, a junior, trekked the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 13.6 seconds, nearly 40 seconds ahead of second-place Grant Avila from Deer Park, and Geraldin, a sophomore, finished a second ahead of Deer Park Senior Becky George in 19:52.07.


All-League Soccer Team 2017


Meraz Rodriguez, Uribe and Valle are joined on the first team by sophomore midfielder Edwin Aquino and senior defender Sergio Avalos, giving the Bulldogs the most spots on the top squad.

Kennewick, which went 13-6 under first-year coach Matt Kessie, has four players on the first team, all juniors: goalkeeper Xander Flannery, forward Eddie Castillo, midfielder Emir Velic and defender Jason Cortes.

Wahluke made it to state for the first time since 2011, and lost to Overlake 1-0 in the title game. Senior forward Emmanuel Hidalgo, who scored 24 goals and had five assists, made the first team, with junior midfielder Tony Espindola (five goals and six assists in 14 games) making the second team and senior goalkeeper Ulysses Gonzalez (seven shutouts, 80 saves in 18 games) getting an honorable mention nod.


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jesus Meraz Rodriguez, sr., F, Pasco

COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Potter, Pasco

FIRST TEAM: GK—Xander Flannery, jr., Kennewick. F—Jesus Meraz Rodriguez, sr., Pasco; Isaiah Arechiga, sr., Kamiakin; Emmanuel Hidalgo, sr., Wahluke; Eddie Castillo, jr., Kennewick. M—David Uribe, sr., Pasco; Edwin Aquino, so., Pasco; Michael Rojas, jr., Royal; Joel Valle, sr., Pasco; Emir Velic, jr., Kennewick. D—Sergio Avalos, sr., Pasco; Jason Cortes, jr., Kennewick; Andrew Scrimsher, sr., Kamiakin.

SECOND TEAM: GK—Jake Vooderpoorte, jr., Richland. F—Juan Cruz, jr., Kennewick; Moamel Abddali, sr., Hanford; Allen Escalante, jr., College Place. M—David Ramirez, sr., Southridge; Kevin Meraz Rodriguez, jr., Pasco; Jeremeiah Nguyen, jr., Hanford; Kaleb Rainsberry, sr., Kamiakin; Edgar Rodriguez, sr., Kennewick; Tony Espindola, jr., Wahluke. D—Fernando Ortiz, jr., Walla Walla; Alex Hernandez, sr., Southridge; Ivan Ceja, jr., Pasco; Abel Dominguez, sr., Royal; Luis Ramos, sr., Connell.

HONORABLE MENTION: GK—Ulysses Gonzalez, sr., Wahluke; Cole Varker, so., Southridge; Jorge Munguia, so., Kamiakin; CJ Quintero, jr., Royal. F—Ross Keiffer, so., Hanford; Jason Pietrok, jr., Richland; Luis Perez, sr., Walla Walla; Luis Ortega, sr., Richland; Alex Contreras, sr., Royal. M—Drew Fulton, so., Richland; Nito Lucatero, sr., Chiawana; Uriel Mendoza, sr., Prosser; Alex Benitez, jr., Grandview; Adrian Mendiola, sr., Connell. D—Jairo Villasenor, jr., Kennewick; Reilly Cannon, sr., Hanford; Jared Hancock, so., Richland; Tristan Schultz, jr., Pasco; Spencer Fall, sr., Kamiakin; Jaime Laurel, sr., Grandview; Alonso Perez, sr., Wahluke.

Brandy Sonderland takes the reins of Kennewick volleyball program

Brandy Sonderland has decided it’s time to come home.

The 2006 graduate of River View High School, who spent the past 11 years as a volleyball player and assistant coach at Community Colleges of Spokane, recently was hired as the head volleyball coach at Kennewick High School.

“I am a lone wolf in Spokane,” Sonderland said. “Growing up, we were family centered. We are a family of teachers and coaches. Coaching is teaching, and teaching is coaching, and I love volleyball. I like having an impact on my students and players and seeing young athletes grow in the time you have them.”

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