Sequim comes up aces, edges Port Angeles

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The Wolves are still the top dogs in this rivalry - but just barely.

Just one week after getting beaten by Port Angeles at their own jamboree, Sequim rebounded to edge the Roughriders in a four-set classic Thursday evening.

The Wolves (2-1) prevailed in the nonleague game, 25-19, 24-26, 27-25 and 26-24.

Sequim hasn't lost to Port Angeles in a regular match - league or nonleague - in 19 seasons.

"The P.A. girls were very disappointed because they beat us so easily during the jamboree and their goal all summer long was to beat us in league," Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said. "Hopefully we can beat them when it counts."

Maddy Zbaraschuk led the Wolves with 10 kills, six blocks and three aces while Haleigh Harrison added 10 kills and three blocks. Taylor Balkan chipped in with 34 assists and 11 digs.

"Sequim came out very tough and ready to kill," Port Angeles coach Christine Halberg said. "The girls played hard 'til the bitter end. Tonight, Sequim just played a little better."

Kiah Jones led Port Angeles with 11 kills, eight digs and a pair of blocks while P.A.'s Danielle Rutherford added six kills, 14 digs and five aces. Emily Drake had 26 assists and nine digs for the Roughriders.

Sequim started the week well with a three-set sweep of an overmatched Port Townsend squad, winning 25-14, 25-16 and 25-11.

Kyla Martin had a solid game for Sequim, with eight digs and five assists while Balkan and Rylleigh Zbaraschuk were both 15-of-16 on serves. Jessica Lauritzen was 11-of-11 serving.

The Wolves were scheduled to play in Silverdale against the Olympic Trojans on Sept. 21 - results of the match were unavailable at press time. Sequim hosts Klahowya on Sept. 23 and plays at the tough Mark Morris tournament in Longview on Sept. 25.

The Wolves host Bremerton on Sept. 28.

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