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Volleyball: Wolves win battle of purple, gold
The road to the Olympic League title, it seems, goes through Sequim.
The Wolves swept a pair of Olympic League games last week, and with four games left, they are the lone remaining undefeated team in league play.
Sequim capped the week by ending North Kitsap's 30-game winning streak in league play. The Wolves won in three hard-fought sets (26-24, 25-22, 25-20).
"Best win so far," Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said. "We started a little nervous in the first game, but we settled down in games two and three."
Sequim's Haleigh Harrison led the blistering Wolves' attack with a second-best 21 kills and Taylor Balkan had 30 assists. Caitlin Stofferahn added six kills while Balkan and Rylleigh Zbaraschuk had 12 digs apiece to lead the defense.
"Taylor was very focused and hustled everywhere," Webber Heilman said.
According to the Kitsap Sun, North Kitsap hadn't lost a league game since 2008.
The Vikings even had a rare management error, calling a timeout when the team didn't have any remaining, and trailing 24-22 in the second set. The gaffe gave Sequim a point and the set.
Sequim had six aces to North Kitsap's two.
Sarah Holt led North Kitsap with nine kills and five assists while Briar Perez had nine kills and four blocks.
On Oct. 2, the Wolves knocked off former league powerhouse North Mason in three rather easy games, winning 25-13, 25-11 and 25-9.
Sequim's Harrison and Alexas Besand paced the offense with 10 and seven kills, respectively. Balkan added 27 assists and Zbaraschuk was 13-for-13 serving. Harrison had six aces and Katelynne McDaniels added four kills.
"This was a very quick match," Webber Heilman said. "We had some tough serving that shut them down. Our offense was spread out to a bunch of our players."
Britney Crab led North Mason with 19 digs while Emily Walsh had five kills and Julie Johnson had five blocks.
The Wolves host Olympic tomorrow, Oct. 11; varsity starts at about 6:15 p.m.
Sequim is at Port Townsend on Oct. 16, hosts Bremerton on Oct. 18 and finishes the regular season Oct. 23 at Port Angeles.
Wolves fifth at Mark Morris
Sequim took top honors in their pool and finished fifth overall in the competitive Mark Morris Tournament in Longview on Sept. 29.
Sequim opened pool play with a 25-17, 25-21 win against Centralia, then split sets with Yelm (21-25, 25-18) before topping LaConner 25-15, 27-26 in the third match.
In bracket play, the Wolves lost to No. 6-ranked Capital (25-21, 25-16) before knocking off host Mark Morris in three sets (20-25, 25-14, 15-12).
Against Mark Morris, Sequim got nine blocks and a 10-point serving streak from Emma LeBlanc in the second set.
Sequim dropped their third match, a 25-21, 25-17 decision to Woodland.
Taylor Balkan finished the tourney with 111 assists, 38-of-43 serving and eight aces. Haleigh Harrison had 59 kills and 12 blocks. LeBlanc was 20-for-20 serving with two aces. Rylleigh Zbaraschuk was 50-of-54 serving with eight aces and 37 digs. Alexas Besand had 20 kills and Emily Wallner added 14 kills. Defensive specialist Hannah Hudson had 24 digs.