Snake River, Firth advance in state volleyball tournaments

COUER D'ALENE — Snake River and Firth took two steps toward state volleyball championships on Friday.
The Panthers, playing in the Class 3A tournament at Couer d'Alene High School, opened with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Fruitland. They followed that up with 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Filer.
Snake River will play Parma at 11 a.m. PDT this morning in the semifinal match.
The championship match is scheduled at 3 p.m.
Brylie Bair had 24 kills against Fruitland and 19 against Filer. Ashlii Lund and Josey Carter had 7 kills apiece against Fruitland. Kenna Shelley had 9 against Filer. Hannah Murdoch had 23 digs against Filer while Bair had 13. Murdoch had 30 digs in the other match with Bair getting 25, Shelley 21 and Kylee Orr 19 against Fruitland.
Orr had 47 assists against Fruitland and another 33 against Filer.
Shelley lost twice, thus dropping out of the 3A tournament. Filer beat the Russets 25-15, 26-24 and 25-17. Fruitland then sent Shelley home with a 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25 victory.
Meanwhile, in the Class 2A tournament at Lakeland High School, Firth claimed two wins to earn an 11 a.m. date with Orofino in the semifinals. The finals are also scheduled at 3 in that tournament.
The Cougars defeated Malad 3-1, then beat North Fremont 3-0. Firth started slow, dropping its first game to the Dragons 25-23. But then the Cougars won 25-18, 25-22 and 25-16. They beat North Fremont 25-19, 25-20 and 25-13.
Jordyn Park had 64 assists and 28 digs on the day. Bailey Nelson had 27 kills and 16 digs while Kylie McCree had 24 kills and 11 digs.
Ashley Sanders had 11 kills and 3 blocks; Kayla Jensen had 5 kills and 17 digs and Britton Bean had 8 kills and 14 digs.
"The kids are playing amazing defense to go with their powerful offense," noted coach Carla Reeves.