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Volleyball: Wolves dominate young Riders
Experience pays off — or it kills, depending on what side of the court one happens to be on.
Sequim was on the winning side Thursday night, downing a youthful Port Angeles Roughrider team in straight sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-21).
The win avenges a pair of four-set losses to Port Angeles in 2011, although that state-bound Port Angeles squad lost their starting lineup to graduation in June.
The inexperience showed, as Sequim High seniors Haleigh Harrison, Taylor Balkan and Rylleigh Zbaraschuk led a balanced attack. Harrison had 12 kills, Balkan was 18-for-18 on serves with six aces and added 25 assists, and Zbaraschuk had a team-high 17 digs and was accurate on all 12 of her serves.
Alexas Besand added five kills and two aces.
"Haleigh and Lexi (Besand) were our offensive leaders but almost all our girls that played in the front row had at least two kills, which helps spread out our offense," Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
"Taylor was hustling everywhere, putting up great sets for our hitters."
Sequim had 15 aces and missed just two serves, allowing just five Port Angeles aces.
The Sequim coach credited Hannah Hudson and Emily Wallner for key serve returns.
Madison Hinrichs had four kills and five digs for the visiting Roughriders, while teammate Holli Williams had 13 assists and 10 digs.
Sequim swept the evening festivities, getting three-set wins in junior varsity and C-team action.
The Wolves (5-1) added a non-league victory Saturday night at home, taking down Bellingham in four sets.
The Wolves topped the Red Raiders 25-19, 25-16, 21-25 and 25-16.
"We played a great game against a good team," Webber Heilman said.
Missing Zbaraschuk from the lineup, the Wolves got a big game from Besand who led Sequim with 16 kills, 10 digs and 18-for-20 serving. Besand served seven points in a row (with three aces) to fuel the Wolves' winning first set.
Harrison added a six-point serving stretch in the second game with four aces as Sequim took command. Balkan had a season-high 40 assists.
Kate Harker celebrated a birthday Saturday night with nine kills against the Red Raiders.
Webber Heilman credited Hudson and Vanessa Martinez with strong defense.
Olivia Halverson led Bellingham with five kills and Anna Zeegers had five aces and made 16 digs.
Earlier in the week, Sequim needed less than an hour to dispose of Bremerton, knocking off the host Knights in three sets (25-14, 25-8, 25-9) on Sept. 18.
Harrison led the team with five kills while Riedel added three kills.
Balkan had 20 assists and six aces, serving 17-of-19. Zbaraschuk had a team-high seven digs.
"Bremerton was unable to return very many balls and they missed a lot of serves," Webber Heilman said.
"We just kind of overpowered them," she said. "Haleigh (Harrison) had some powerful kills and Bremerton didn't know what to do."
Webber Heilman credited Riedel with good offense in the final two sets.
The Wolves were scheduled to host Kingston tonight, Sept. 25.
Sequim is at Klahowya on Sept. 27 and the Mark Morris Tournament in Longview on Sept. 29 before hosting North Mason on Oct. 2.