Amy Dyck is trying to change the culture of volleyball at Hermiston High School.
That the Bulldogs are still alive in the Region 5/8 tournament speaks volumes of the program’s move in the right direction.
“Hermiston is not known for its volleyball team.” Dyck said. “I am bound and determined to make it one. I think these girls are starting to realize what they are capable of. That fact we are still playing is proof they are good enough.”
Hermiston will host Shadle Park of the Greater Spokane League in a regional loser-out game at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The winner advances to play Saturday. Only two of the six Region 5/8 teams will advance to state.
“We are excited to be able to host this game,” Dyck said. “We are hoping people will come and see what we have. The girls are pretty pumped about it.”
Hermiston beat North Central 3-1 in its regional opener last week, then got swept by Southridge to drop into the consolation bracket.
“Every day, they are getting a little bit more confident,” Dyck said of her team. “Every day, I tell them it is a learning experience for them. Every match extends our season for the seniors and shows what we are trying to do as a program.”
Dyck said she has not been able to find any film on Shadle Park, but that is not a bad thing.
“If we go in focused on our side of the ball, we play better,” Dyck said.
The Highlanders, led by 5-foot-10 senior hitter Meghan Gallagher and senior setter Natasha O’Dell, lost their first regional match to Kamiakin. They have lost five of their past six matches.
Southridge will host Mt. Spokane on Thursday in the regional title match. The Wildcats, led by 5-10 outside hitter Malina Ama, were third at state last year.
The loser will host Saturday’s matches.
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. No passes will be accepted. Prices are set by the WIAA.