Volleyball: Sequim bests Bulldogs in opener

The Wolves got off to a slow start and struggled serving, but bounced back in a big way to come from behind and beat North Mason 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15) on Sept. 13 in the regular season-opening match.

“We missed a whole bunch of serves in that first game. I think we were a little bit nervous at the beginning,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber-Heilman said.

The Wolves recovered as Angel Wagner had an 11-point run serving.

“It didn’t bother them that they lost the first game which was nice; the next game, we lost just one serve,” Webber-Heilman said.

Wagner ended up serving 24-for-26 with six aces and three kills. Kendall Hastings had six kills and three blocks, while Sammie Bacon served 14-for-15 with three kills.

Jolene Vaara had nine assists, five kills and two blocks, while Sydney Hegtvedt served 19-for-19 with four aces and Sidney Clark had seven assists.

Webber-Heilman said the Wolves had three or four players who got blocks at the net.

“We have a little bit of height this year,” she said.

Riders prevail

Two days later, Sequim dropped a three-set match at rival Port Angeles, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-19.

Lily Halberg led the Port Angeles offense with 11 kills, served 13 for 13 with three aces and also added 10 digs defensively. Ava Hairell posted five kills, Jasmine Messinger added four kills, four digs and a block.

Coming up

Sequim was scheduled to host Jackson on Sept. 19 in a non-league match-up and Olympic on Sept. 20 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves (1-1) are at North Kitsap on Sept. 22 and Bainbridge on Sept. 27 before hosting Bremerton’s Knights on Sept. 29.