Volleyball: Hastings, Vaara picked for all-league team

Sequim’s tall duo helped the Wolves reach the heights of the 2A state tourney, and coaches in the league were impressed.

Wolves junior middle hitter Kendall Hastings made the all-Olympic League first team and sophomore teammate Jolene Vaara, also a middle, was a second-team pick for Sequim.

In the Wolves’ 34 games — regular season matches plus Capital City, Mark Morris, league, district and state tournaments — Hastings led the Wolves with 275 kills (8.1 per game), 66 blocks (1.9 per contest) and 53 aces (1.6 per game). A versatile player, she was also second on the team with 153 assists (4.5 per contest) and third on the team with 204 digs (6 per game).

It was Hastings’ second all-league first team selection in as many seasons.

During that same stretch, Vaara was second on the team with 46 aces (1.4 per game) and was second in kills (226, 6.6 per game) and blocks (46).

Sequim’s Allie Gale and Jordan Hegtvedt earned honorable mentions. Gale, SHS’s primary setter, led the team in assists (340, 10 per game) and was third in digs (177, 5.2 per game) and aces (43). Hegtvedt, a defensive specialist, had a team-high in digs (412, 12.1 per game) was second on the team in serving (96.4 percent)

Sequim and Bainbridge tied for the league’s team sportsmanship award, and Hastings earned Sequim’s individual Sportsmanship Award.

Port Angeles senior Lily Halberg was a first-team selection and played libero for much of the season for Port Angeles.

Bainbridge’s Allie Wildsmith was picked as league MVP, while teammate Florencia Olivera was named Defensive Player of the Year.

North Kitsap’s Kaelea Makaiwi was selected Coach of the Year.