Zayda Loewen photo

Zayda Loewen.

Zayda Loewen and the Kamiah volleyball girls are aiming high this year: For a trip to the state tournament. To get there, they’d have to beat the likes of Troy, Genesee and Prairie — three teams that all clipped the Kubs in early-season play last week.

“I think we played pretty good,” Loewen said. “I think we have a good chance of being a really good team this year. Our passing is really good. Our libero, Maya Engledow, has really stepped up this year. Our hitting — our outsides, Logan and Laney Landmark — is really good. Our blockers, Emma Godwin and Haleigh Wyatt, had a good night (Sept. 31), and our setters, Reesa Loewen and Nicki Proskine did a really good job too. ... We have a really good team and I think we can make it to state.”

Because school was out for the Labor Day holiday, the Progress caught up with Loewen before last Thursday’s triangular at Prairie, where KHS also played Clearwater Valley.

Outside of volleyball, Loewen is part of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America and National Honor Society, and ran for ASB (Associated Student Body) president. She’s also on the youth advisory board for the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC). “We do a lot of community service this weekend for Barbecue Days,” she said of UYLC. “We were going to host a club night for teens, which got canceled due to covid. We were going to put on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, but that was also canceled. ... We do service like yardwork, and we planted a garden by the elementary school, and we water the flowers up and down Main Street.”