YAKIMA — Kendall Dowdy had a big day for Hermiston on Saturday as the team took a non-league volleyball match from Davis.
Dowdy had seven kills, 16 assists, 15 digs and six ace serves as Hermiston posted a 25-18, 28-30, 25-16, 25-20 victory.
Grace Vertrees added 11 kills, 14 digs and nine aces, while Courtnee West had 12 assists and six digs, and Halee Stubbs 16 digs.
The Bulldogs will play a Mid-Columbia Conference match Thursday at Southridge.
HERMISTON 3, PASCO 0 — Hermiston notched is first win of the season Thursday with a 25-10, 25-13, 25-18 MCC win at Pasco.
“It’s always nice to get a win under your belt,” Bulldogs coach Amy Dyck said. “Being efficient and consistent was a key tonight.”
Avery Treadwell led Hermiston with seven kills, while Kendall Dowdy had 12 assists to go with five digs and four kills.
SPOKANE — With five starting players absent Saturday, Hermiston was no match for Shadle Park.
The Hilanders scored early and often in the first half, en route to a 6-0 non-league victory.
“We had to take players off the bench,” Bulldogs coach Freddy Guizar said. “It showed the girls that on any given day, it might be your turn to be a starter.”
A rough first half saw Shadle Park take a 5-0 lead at the buzzer, but they only managed one shot in the final 40 minutes.
“It wasn’t our best game at all,” Guizar said, “but it showed us what we need to improve on. Our girls just didn’t perform. It wasn’t our game to play.”
Hermiston (1-4) will host Southridge at 7 p.m. Thursday in a Mid-Columbia Conference contest.
HERMISTON 2, PASCO 0 — Jayden Ray finally got the goal she’s been waiting for all season.
The junior center midfielder capped off Hermiston’s scoring with the match-winning goal as the Bulldogs took down visiting Pasco on Thursday night.
The goal was Ray’s first of the season, and the second of her high school career.
It also marked the Bulldogs’ first victory of the season.
“It was exhilarating,” said. “I’ve been waiting for that all year.”
The score was locked at 0-0 at the half, as both teams struggled to connect with the net.
“Coming (into the second half), we were motivated,” Ray said. “We knew we could beat them and get the win. We knew we were better than they were.”
Sophomore midfielder Giselle Cisneros opened the scoring with a goal at 33:30, and Ray’s followed in the 64th minute.
“We’re slowly improving,” Hermiston coach Freddy Guizar said. “They weren’t the same team that has been playing all year. They were hungry. They wanted it.”
LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Hermiston’s Amanda Nygard finished 10th with a time of 19 minutes, 29.30 seconds at the Brooks Fort Steilacoom Invitational.
The Bulldogs finished eighth in the team standings with 192 points. Camas won the team title with 53 points.
Cydney Sanchez was right behind Nygard, finishing 13th (19:37.30). Rounding out the Bulldogs’ scoring were Ellie Ernst (58th), Alexia Serna (68th) and Julianna Joyce (70th).