Volleyball: SHS beats Bulldogs, falls to Vikings

Volleyball: Sequim beats Bulldogs, falls to Vikings

The road to the Olympic League title likely still runs through Poulsbo.

North Kitsap’s Vikings remained undefeated in league play and overall after a 3-0 sweep of Sequim’s Wolves on Sept. 21.

“North has a very good team,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said, after her squad fell 25-19, 25-14 and 25-18.

“All their players play club together so they are playing year-round compared to our three varsity players (who) play club.”

Brittany Gale and Kalli Wiker had nine assists each in the loss. Arlene Law paced the offense with eight kills and added five blocks, and Isabelle Dennis chipped in with 16 digs. Tayler Breckenridge had five kills.

“Our goal is to win a game off of them next time because they haven’t even lost one game in a match,” Webber Heilman said.

Sequim hosts North Kitsap on Oct. 17.

Two days prior, Sequim out-lasted a North Mason squad bent on slowing down the match’s pace. The Wolves pulled out a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17) home win on Sept. 19.

“The match was very slow, offensive-wise,” Webber Heilman said. “We finally picked up the pace in the third game with a stronger win.”

Breckenridge led the Wolves with nine kills and 13 digs. Gale did a bit of everything for the Wolves, serving 14-for-16 with three aces, 13 assists, 10 digs and four kills.

Annika Christiansen was 10-for-10 serving with four kills, Wiker had 10 assists and Lindsey Leader added six kills and six blocks. Law also had six kills and Dennis had 17 digs.

Wolves 7th at ‘Challenge’

Sequim’s volleyball squad held their own against some of the region’s top teams, winding up tied for seventh out of 16 squads at the Monarch Challenge at Mark Morris High School in Longview on Sept. 23.

The Wolves opened pool play with a win against River Ridge (25-14, 25-23) and split with Kalama (25-17, 18-25). Sequim topped Battle Ground in the first game, 25-16, before dropping the second (23-25). Sequim won a tiebreaker with two other teams for the top pool spot thanks to point differential.

In the championship bracket, Sequim split the first two games with WF West (25-22, 24-26) and had a 6-3 lead in the third and decisive game but fell by two (14-16).

“The whole match was a battle and our girls made some great defensive plays,” Webber Heilman said.

In the consolation bracket, Sequim dropped a close match to Woodland (25-23, 26-24).

“Overall we played very well, improving through the day,” Webber Heilman said, noting the Wolves took just nine players.

“Our girls played well to the end,” the Sequim coach said, adding that Breckenridge was their offensive leader while Law and Christensen added timely kills. Breckenridge finished with 36 kills for the day, followed by Christiansen (13), Law (11) and Leader (11).

Gale (48 assists for the tourney) and Wiker (40) led the team in passing. Dennis had a team-high 36 digs.

Looking ahead

Sequim was scheduled to host rival Port Angles on Sept. 26. The Wolves look to avenge their season-opening loss when they host Kingston on Sept. 28, and play at Bremerton on Oct. 3.

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