ROCHESTER — The Tenino volleyball team got back above .500 in dominant fashion, sweeping Rochester 25-14, 25-9, 25-7 in a Scatter Creek Showdown.
“It’s been a wonderful start to the season, which is such a change from the past,” Tenino coach Shauna Carpenter said. “And the girls see it, and they feel it every day. They come in every day ready to work, and I couldn’t ask for more.
Brooke Bratton led the Beavers (3-2) at the net with six kills, and also had three digs and an ace. Brianna Asay had 10 digs, four kills, an ace and an assist, and Katen Burkhardt had five assists, seven digs, and a team-high seven aces.
Carpenter said that beyond the statsheet, the Beavers took a step forward on the communication and tactics side of things, calling their own offense for much of the match.
“That was a huge thing, that they’re actually being volleyball players and not robots,” she said. “For me, that’s huge. They don’t look to me like they used to. They just know where to go.”
On the Rochester side of things, Cheyenne Justice posted nine digs, and Madison Angwood had three.
Delany Winter led the Warriors (0-5, 0-2 2A EvCo) with five kills.
But after getting to double-digits in the first set, Rochester unraveled the rest of the way, only landing three kills in the latter two sets.
“They have the talent, for some reason we can’t get it all put together at the same time,” Rochester coach Bridget Morris said.
Rochester is set to hit the road for another non-league match Tuesday, at 1A Eatonville. Tenino will get a couple days off, then head to Vancouver to take on Seton Catholic.