Volleyball: Mountaineers Go 2-1 During Week, Tornados Drop Two Matchups

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/27/22

The Rainier Mountaineers had a strong week of play during their third week of action in the early 2022 volleyball season, as they collected two wins and dropped a close loss in five sets. …

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Volleyball: Mountaineers Go 2-1 During Week, Tornados Drop Two Matchups

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The Rainier Mountaineers had a strong week of play during their third week of action in the early 2022 volleyball season, as they collected two wins and dropped a close loss in five sets.

Meanwhile, the Tornados dropped consecutive South Sound Conference games after their hot start to the season.

Following a season that saw the Mountaineers go 5-17 overall and 1-9 in the Central 2B conference, the ladies are competing and winning games in the early season, hoping to leave their .294 winning percentage behind them.

Entering the third week of the season, Rainier sat with a record of 1-2, after they dropped losses to Yelm and Raymond and won against Ocosta.

Rainier started last week off with a home matchup with Toledo on Sept. 20, which was the Mountaineers first league contest of the season.

The Mountaineers proved to be no match for Toledo, as the girls won each of their three sets to secure the sweep. It was Rainier’s second consecutive victory, after they defeated Ocosta 3-2 in a non-conference matchup.

The next test for the Rainier volleyball program was the 2A Eatonville Cruisers, who welcomed the Mountaineers into their gym on Sept. 21. The Cruisers entered the game winless, and Rainier made sure to capitalize on their weaknesses. Rainier cruised past Eatonville, winning 3-0.

Entering their final game of last week, Rainier traveled to Winlock where they squared off with the Cardinals. The Mountaineers had a 3-2 record entering the game, which was their first record above .500 since Sept. 13, 2021.

The ladies lost a heartbreaker in five sets to Ocosta, bringing their overall record for the year to 3-3.



Rainier traveled to Morton-White Pass on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Following their matchup with the Timberwolves, Rainier is set to host Toutle Lake at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

As for the Tornados, their week started off slowly with a loss in three sets to Gig Harbor. The Tornados hosted the Tides on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The first set saw Gig Harbor run away with the win as they defeated the Tornados 25-15. The trend of a strong Gig Harbor performance continued into the second set, which was all Tides. The Tornados offense couldn’t get anything going, and the Tides won set two, 25-8.

The closest set of the matchup came in the final set of the game, which saw Gig Harbor defeat the Tornados 25-19, earning a sweep.

Junior Carley Waite led the Tornados in kills during the contest with four, according to MaxPreps. She was followed by senior Selina Perez, who had three. Perez, junior Samantha Burien and Vanessa Alberts each collected aces during the contest.

In their final matchup of last week on Thursday, Sept. 22, the Tornados traveled to Timberline High School to take on the Blazers in their second South Sound Conference matchup of the season.

Much like the matchup with the Tides, the Tornados offense couldn’t get a consistent rhythm and dropped the matchup three sets to one.

Yelm was set to host South Sound Conference matchups this week, with the first against Peninsula High School on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Peninsula won the South Sound Conference in the 2021 season, posting a league record of 16-1.

Following the matchup with the Seahawks, the Tornados will host Capital High School at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Capital finished just behind the Tornados in the standings in the 2021 season, posting a 5-11 record.

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