WARRENTON — The Warrenton Warriors had their moments Monday night … the Rainier Columbians just had more.
In a much-anticipated Lewis & Clark League volleyball match, the Warriors and Columbians were indeed competitive for much of the evening.
But too many Rainier rallies and too much Breana Edwards were too much for Warrenton to deal with, as Rainier left town with a three-game sweep, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-20.
The Warriors held leads in all three games, including 4-0 and 16-15 in Game 2, and 19-14 in Game 3.
The Columbians always had an answer, however, usually in the form of Edwards.
The big senior middle blocker/outside hitter is unstoppable when her teammates are able to set her, and even when they don’t.
Edwards was pounding kills, tapping the ball into the open spaces on the floor, and blocking Warrenton hits in every game.
Her two straight service aces helped Rainier pull away in Game 1, in which the Warriors had rallied to within 16-14.
The Columbians finished the first game with a 5-1 run, then topped that in Game 2.
Trailing 16-15, Rainier tied the game on a kill by Edwards, who added a block on Warrenton’s Elly Blodgett, followed by two ace serves from Shaleya Naakahiki-Teves.
Before they knew it, the Columbians had reeled off 10 straight points to win the game, 25-16.
Warrenton’s best chance came in Game 3.
Trailing 12-8, Warrior junior Morgan Blodgett scored a big block on Edwards for a point, then delivered three straight ace serves to highlight a 9-0 run for a 17-12 Warrenton lead.
But Rainier rallied one last time, as Edwards had back-to-back kills to spark an 8-0 run for the Columbians, who turned a 20-17 deficit into a 25-17 victory.
Warrenton hosts De La Salle Wednesday.