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Ridgefield vs. River: Rival volleyball teams lean on tradition — and competition

Programs separated by 10 miles have won the past four 2A title matches

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 9, 2023, 6:05am
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Columbia River High volleyball coach Breanne Smedley talks to senior Evie Wenger while the rest of the team warms up before their practice Oct. 18 inside Columbia River High School&rsquo;s gym. River is the two-time defending Class 2A state champion ahead of the state volleyball state tournament this weekend in Yakima.
Columbia River High volleyball coach Breanne Smedley talks to senior Evie Wenger while the rest of the team warms up before their practice Oct. 18 inside Columbia River High School’s gym. River is the two-time defending Class 2A state champion ahead of the state volleyball state tournament this weekend in Yakima. (TOMMY RHODES for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

It’s an annual tradition coaches Breanne Smedley and Sabrina Dobbs do for their Columbia River and Ridgefield high school volleyball programs — a Halloween costume day for the last regular-season practice prior to the playoffs.

At Ridgefield, it’s a way for players and coaches to incorporate laughs, fun, and “just to be goofy,” said Ridgefield senior standout Lizzy Andrew, bound for Stanford next season.

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