Volleyball: Wolves net key victory over Bulldogs

Sequim’s Wolves got a key win against a team they needed to beat for a postseason berth.

Now they’re looking for a little bit of momentum heading into the last set of league matches before a run at district and state tournaments.

Sequim dropped the first game but came back to sweep the final three in a 3-1 win at North Mason on Oct. 12.

“I changed the lineup in the second game and we played much better,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.

“Brittany (Gale) had a six-point serving run (and) Lindsey (Leader) added four more.

“The rest of the match was more of a battle,” Webber Heilman said. “We were still missing too many serves and we were not blocking very well but in the end our offense picked up the pace and with some great defense we pulled out the win.”

The win brought the Wolves (5-4 in league, 7-4 overall) into a tie for third place with Kingston with three matches remaining.

Tayler Breckenridge was 18-of-19 serving with three aces and a team-high 22 kills and 12 digs to pace the offense and defense, while Gale had three aces, five kills and a team-high 20 assists.

Teammates Arlene Law had 11 kills and Kalli Wiker added 16 assists.

The Wolves started the week with a 3-1 win at Coupeville, a 1A non-league foe, on Oct. 10. Sequim won 25-22, 17-25, 26-24 and 25-21, with Breckenridge leading the way with 20 kills and 22 digs. Breckenridge, Gale, Wiker and Bobbi Sparks had two aces apiece and Law added three blocks.

“We played well this match despite the crowd that was very unsportsmanlike, especially when we were serving,” Webber Heilman said.

Looking ahead

Sequim was slated to host league-leading North Kitsap on Oct. 17. The Wolves are at winless Port Angeles on Oct. 19 and finish the regular season at home against Bremerton on Oct. 23.

The top four team in the league play in a mini-tournament Saturday, Oct. 28, in Poulsbo, a tourney that decides seeding for the West Central District tournament (Nov 3-4 at Franklin Pierce High School, Tacoma). Only the top-seeded team gets a bye in the double-elimination district tourney.

The top five teams at the 12-team district tournament advance to the 2A state tournament.

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