NASELLE — In a contest that was at match point six times, Three Rivers Christian outlasted Naselle 25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 17-15 Tuesday, Oct. 8, sending the Comets to 0-2 in Columbia Valley League play and 4-4 overall. The Eagles improved to 2-1 in the CVL.

Three Rivers took fifth-set leads of 6-1 and 11-6, then were a point away from winning at 14-10. But Naselle’s hard hitters got on a roll at the net. Delaney Kragerud got a shot through the front row, and Jackie Steenerson got above her defender for a couple of spikes, helping Naselle to a 5-0 run to set up game point at 15-14.

Brynn Tarabochia’s hit landed just long, tying the set at 15. The Eagles, getting the serve back, went back on offense, slamming a high-velocity hit to a mid-court opening and another to a back-court gap to win the match.

Emma Colombo helped keep Naselle in the match. She fueled their second set win by serving eight straight points, five of them aces, to break a 7-7 tie, regularly getting her serves up high where the returners had a tough time handling them.

Later the Comets stayed alive with a hot streak at the end of set four, again with Colombo serving. Naselle clung to a 19-18 lead when Kylee Tarabochia chased down a tough pass and set up Hollie Haataia for a big hit to create a Comet point. Haataia followed with a spike to mid-court, and Kaylin Shrives placed a shot between defenders for a kill to make it 22-18. Kylee Tarabochia slammed one over right at the net on second contact on a free ball for another point. Shrives got a point with a sideways hit down and across the Eagle front row, a shot that is almost always undiggable as the defense has very little time to react. When the Eagles couldn’t return Colombo’s next serve, the Comets got the 25-18 win to force a fifth set.

But Naselle couldn’t keep its momentum going, misfiring early in the fifth to fall behind 6-1. Naselle’s late comeback gave the Comets the lead but proved not to be quite enough.

Naselle beats WSD

VANCOUVER — Na- selle beat the Washington School for the Deaf 25-13, 25-13, 25-19 Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Naselle improved to 1-2 in league play and 5-4 overall. The Terriers fell to 4-5 and 1-3.

Naselle will visit first-place Firm Foundation Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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