Sequim’s Wolves are just two — or three — wins from another berth in the class 2A state tournament.
They’ll have to go through a gauntlet to get there.
Sequim (7-5 in league play, 9-5 overall) will take on Steilacoom (10-4 in South Puget Sound League/Sound Division, 10-5 overall) at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, in the first round of the 12-team West Central District tournament.
The winner of that game faces undefeated White River (14-0, 15-0), the SPSL’s Mountain League champ, at 8:30 p.m. that night while the losing squad faces either Olympic League champ North Kitsap, Washington or Franklin Piece on Nov. 4 in the consolation bracket.
Five teams advance to the class 2A state meet, held Nov. 10-11 at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.
Last season, Sequim took the No. 2 seed to districts, where they went 3-1 and qualified for the state 2A tournament. At state, Sequim won one of three matches.
The Wolves went 0-2 at the Olympic League tourney on Oct. 28 after Tayler Breckenridge, their leader in several offensive categories, left the first game against North Kitsap with a wrist injury.
Breckenridge had six kills in the first game but her injury felt worse in game two as Sequim fell 25-20, 25-10, 25-11 to the league champion Vikings, Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
Isabelle Dennis had a season-high 12 assists and Brittany Gale added 10 assists and eight digs in the loss.
In game two without Breckenridge, the Wolves switched things up and moved Gale to outside hitter, but Sequim fell anyway to Bremerton in four games (23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19).
“Our girls did very well, considering we changed our lineup,” Webber Heilman said.
Kalli Wiker had 16 assists and Arlene Law had a team-high seven kills. Dennis and Kiana Robideau had 15 digs apiece.
Breckenridge leads the Wolves into the postseason with team-bests in kills (166, 11.9 per game during the regular season), digs (189) and serving (93 percent), and is second in aces (30) and blocks (17).
Webber Heilman said it’s unclear whether the Sequim junior will be healthy enough to play at districts.
Gale paces the Wolves with 39 aces and 179 assists in the regular season, both team-highs, while Law has a team-high 31 blocks and second-most in kills (91). Dennis has 175 digs, second-best on the squad.