Cougs top Wolves in opener

It may be early in the season, but Sequim's volleyball crew is getting plenty of good competition.

The Wolves dropped their first match of the season in four sets to 4A power Central Kitsap on Sept. 7.

The Cougars won 25-8, 25-11, 19-25 and 25-13.

"We just couldn't handle their serving," Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said. "Once we got the ball up, we were OK."

According to the Kitsap Sun, Cougar Asha Hill set a school record with 12 aces in the match and added 12 kills while CK's Tricia Vantino had 31 assists and 11 digs.

On the Sequim side, Jessica Lauritzen led the Wolves with seven kills, six aces and five blocks. Taylor Balkan and Kyla Martin had seven assists each.

Balkan was a perfect 11-of-11 serving.

"CK has a very good team," Webber Heilman said. "We improved through the match with some great defensive plays."

Sequim followed that match by hosting their annual jamboree on Sept. 9. The Wolves topped Klahowya and Port Townsend, sweeping both two-set matches before falling to rival Port Angeles 25-15, 25-16.

Kiah Jones led the Roughriders with 17 kills for the tourney while teammate Taylyn Jeffers added 10 kills and 23 service points.

Sequim was scheduled to take on Port Townsend's Redskins on the road Sept. 14, both teams' Olympic League openers - results were unavailable at press time.

The Wolves host Port Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 16, in a league match. Junior varsity starts at 5 p.m.; varsity follows at about 6:15 p.m.

In regular season matches, Sequim has beaten Port Angeles 19 consecutive times spanning 17 years but needed five sets to top the Roughriders last season.

The Wolves are at Olympic (Silverdale) Sept. 21 and host Klahowya on Sept. 23.

Olympic League standings

(as of Sept. 12)

Team Lg. Over.

Bremerton 0-0 0-2

Kingston 0-0 0-0

Klahowya 0-0 0-1

North Kitsap 0-0 1-3

North Mason 0-0 0-1

Olympic 0-0 1-1

Port Angeles 0-0 0-0

Pt. Townsend 0-0 0-0

Sequim 0-0 0-1

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