Volleyball: Sequim tops Trojans in 4

Welcome to the logjam.

Sequim’s Wolves split a pair of Olympic League matches last week, sliding into a three-way tie for third place in the Olympic League standings with just four league matches remaining in the season.

Sequim started the week with a 3-1 loss at Bremerton on Oct. 3.

Sequim took the first game 25-21, but dropped the final three in what Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said was a closely-fought match-up from beginning to end.

“This match was a battle every game,” she said. “Bremerton likes to send over the first and second balls contacted, and they have a setter that almost dumps more balls (over the net) than she sets. We adjusted fairly well to their style of play but they were still able to score more than we wanted on their unorthodox playing.”

Tayler Breckenridge had a strong game with team-highs in kills (14) and digs (22) while libero Isabelle Dennis backed the Wolves’ defensive effort with 20 digs.

Brittany Gale had a team-high 15 assists and added 18 digs while teammate Kalli Wiker had 13 assists. Annika Christensen and Lindsey Leader had six kills each while Breckenridge, Christensen, Leader and Arlene Law chipped in two blocks apiece.

“We are looking forward to playing them at the end of the season,” Webber Heilman said; the Wolves and Knights play in Sequim Oct. 23.

The Wolves (4-4 in league, 5-4 overall) rebounded with a 3-1 home win over struggling Olympic on Oct. 5.

Sequim split the first two games (25-17, 22-25) before dominating games three and four (25-8, 25-16).

With 15 and 13 kills respectively, Breckenridge and Law paced the Wolves’ offense.

Sequim served 91 percent (90 of 99) and chalked up 17 aces. Gale had five aces and 20 assists while Wiker led the team with six aces and added 13 assists.

“We had a slow start by having 10 unforced errors (but) we recovered fairly quickly,” Webber Heilman said, noting a six-point serving run by Gale and Breckenridge’s seven kills in the first game.

“(In the) second game we slowed to their pace and were not playing well on defense … (but in the) third game we changed our lineup and played much better.”

Breckenridge had a team-high 22 digs while Dennis added 18 and Gale had 13.

“Tayler, Brittney and Isabelle led our defense but everyone was making great defensive efforts after the second game,” Webber Heilman said.

Looking ahead

Sequim was scheduled to play at Coupeville on Oct. 10.

The Wolves are at North Mason on Oct. 12 before playing at the Capitol City Invitational in Olympia on Oct. 14.

Sequim hosts league-leading North Kitsap on Oct. 17 and plays at Port Angeles Oct. 19 before rounding out the regular season against Bremerton on Oct. 23.

The Olympic League tournament, a four-team tourney for district seeding, is set for Oct. 28 in Poulsbo.

Sequim freshman Kalli Wiker, left, hits past the block of Olympic’s Jaylaa Cabrera in the Wolves’ four-game victory last week in Sequim.

Sequim’s Arlene Law (center) celebrates another Sequim point in a 3-1 win over the visiting Olympic Trojans on Oct. 5. Law had 13 kills and two blocks in the win. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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