Apropos for a season of near misses, the Wolves lost their final match of the 2019 campaign in a tiebreaker.
Kingston’s Buccaneers locked up the third seed — and avoided a first round match in the Olympic League tourney against a powerful North Kitsap squad — with a five-set win over the visiting Sequim Wolves (3-9 in league, 4-10 overall) on Oct. 29.
It didn’t come easy for the Bucs, who outlasted Sequim 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 18-16.
The loss dropped Sequim to sixth in the seven-team league standings.
“We started the match a little slow on defense and were not passing our best,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
Kalli Wiker, who had 20 assists and was 18-of-18 on serves, got the Wolves rolling in the second and third games.
“We started passing better, which helped Kalli get some great sets to our hitters,” Webber Heilman said.
Kiana Robideau paced the team with 10 kills. Malory Morey had six and Kendall Hastings added five.
Robideau had a team-high 23 digs and Jessica Asselin added 20.
“Kiana, Jessica and Jordan (Hegtvedt) had some great diving saves on defense,” Webber Heilman said. “This match was a battle to the end.
Sequim played seven matches to a fifth-game tiebreaker this season — winning two and losing three of those macthes by three points or less.
Robideau and Wiker, both juniors, paced the team in most categories this fall*.
Robideau led the team with 130 kills — 9.3 per match — along with 213 digs (15.2 per) and 41 aces.
Wiker, the team’s regular setter, had 267 assists (19.1 per match) and served 220 of 234 (94 percent) to lead the Wolves. She was second in aces (29) and blocks (10), and third in digs (100).
Kendall Hastings led the team in blocks (22) and was second in kills (106). Sister McKenna Hastings was second on the team in serving percentage (142 of 152, 93.4 percent) and third in kills (44) and aces (14). Asselin was second on the team with 155 digs.
* — Note: Statistics are from single league and non-league matches, and do not include tournaments.