South Bend's Reilly Myers makes a hit a the Mossyrock Volleyball Tournament Saturday.
By GEORGE KUNKE
Willapa Valley racked up two wins to improve to 3-0 on the young volleyball season. The Vikings defeated Naselle and Ocosta in straight games for two Pacific League wins.
Valley traveled to Westport to face Ocosta last Tuesday (Sept. 17) and won decisively 25-16, 25-18, 25-20. “Despite starting each set trailing, we would rally back and finish strong,” Valley head coach Lori Snodgrass told the Herald. “Ocosta was very scrappy on defense throughout the night, making it difficult for our hitters to put the ball away and leading to long rallies.
Lauren Friese led the team with 100 percent serving and great passing from the back row, including 9 digs on the night,” Snodgrass reported. “Makenzie Trotter also had a strong night at the net. Ocosta won the JV match 16-25, 27-25, 15-13. The Vikes won another road battle last Thursday at Naselle, 25-22, 25-12, 25-19.
“It was really nice to allow our whole team the opportunity to gain some experience,” Snodgrass said. “I thought that Baylee Layman and Itzia Ruelas had a fine night coming into their first ever varsity game. Karli Friese led our defensive with 8 digs. Brooke Spoor led the team at the net with 7 blocks, and Emily Fluke served for 100 percent. With each game that we play, we are trying to become better communicators on the court and more consistent throughout the entire match as a team.”
Valley’s junior varsity were 25-21, 25-22, 15-8 victors.
Valley hosts North Beach Thursday, heads to the Raymond tourney Saturday and entertains Northwest Christian Tuesday (Oct. 1).
NW Christian 3, SB 2
Northwest Christian upended South Bend 18-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17 last Tuesday (Sept. 17).
“The girls played hard and stayed positive start to finish,” South Bend head coach Jackie Sanchez told the Herald. “We had a hard time maintaining our consistency and momentum in this match. It was a very up and down match for us.
“Kathryn Staats had a good all around night for us with 4 aces, 7 digs, and 7 kills,’ Sanchez reported. “Makenzie Russell, Katlyn Sawyer, and Kessa Wilson had a strong night at the net with 13, 7, and 4 kills respectively. Morgan Patterson, Maddie Klus, Alison Funkhouser, and Emily Sanchez were very solid on serve-receive for us, and Klus and Sanchez contributed 11 and 13 digs defensively.”
The Lady Indians hosted Ocosta last night and Raymond comes to Koplitz Fieldhouse tomorrow. South Bend visits North Beach Tuesday (Oct. 1.
Ocosta 3, Raymond 0
Visiting Ocosta outlasted Raymond in five exhilarating games Thursday at Seagull Gym. The Lady Wildcats won 25-15, 22-25, 27-29, 26-24 and 15-13.
Down 13-3 in the fourth game, Ocosta clawed back for the win. The Wildcats also trailed 6-3 in the fifth game before reeling off 8 straight points.
Raymond won the JV and C-squad matches.
The Lady seagulls hosted North Beach last night, travel to South Bend Thursday. Raymond hosts a tou8rnament Saturday and Naselle comes to Seagull Gym Tuesday (Oct. 1).