It’s on to the West Central District tournament and a chance for a state tourney berth for the Sequim Wolves, who went 1-1 in the Olympic League tournament and take the league’s No. 2 seed (and No. 5 seed overall) to districts.
Sequim (12-5) takes on No. 4 seed White River at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma. The winner secures an automatic state tourney berth and takes on the winner of the North Kitsap/Fife game (No. 1 vs. No. 8) in the district semifinals on Nov. 12, while the losing squad takes on either Orting or North Mason (No. 12 vs. No. 13) on Nov. 11 in a loser-out game, needing that and another win to move on to state.
Sequim’s service game was strong at crucial moments as the Wolves closed out all three games from the service line to sweep Port Angeles in an Olympic League tourney semifinal on Nov. 3.
Sequim edged the Roughriders 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 to earn the Wolves’ second win in three contests this season against their Rainshadow Rumble rival.
“We got some tough serves in when it counted,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
“We are getting there, our goal is to not miss any first serves because when you get in a rally and miss a first serve it takes the wind out of your sails. But we avoided that for the most part.”
“Our goal was to beat [PA] in three games and now we get to play North [Kitsap], and that was our goal, to get a rematch with them in the league tournament.”
Webber Heilman said her team was clutch from the service line.
“We went back-and-forth with them in all three games, but kind of uniquely, we finished out all the games on aces,” she said.
“First game, we got a side out at 24-22 and then Kendall Hastings served an ace to close it out. Second game, Jolene Vaara served out the final two points to finish the game and in the third Jordan Kidd served four in a row with two aces to win it.”
Hastings was the team’s all-around leader, Webber Heilman said.
Hastings totaled 19 kills, went nine-for-10 on serves with two aces and added four blocks and six digs defensively.
“Jolene and Kendall were connecting on some good sets and we got some quicker offensive hits for Kendall, who was our offensive leader,” Webber Heilman said.
Vaara was eight-for-nine with four aces, three kills, 13 assists, three blocks and was the team’s defensive leader with 12 digs.
“She was covering a lot of room back there,” Weber Heilman said.
Sydney Clark added 14 assists, five digs and two kills and Sydney Hegtvedt went 14 for 15 with three aces and four digs.
It was a tough night at the net for Port Angeles as the Riders posted 23 kills, but committed 17 hitting errors. Port Angeles also had some stumbles on serves, posting nine aces but also making eight errors.
Sequim went on to fall to Olympic League champ North Kitsap but wound up taking a game off the powerhouse Vikings, who earned a No. 1 district seed in the process.
Details weren’t available at press time.
“We’re just playing well together,” Sequim High senior Angel Wagner said after an Oct. 27 win over Kingston.
“There’s a lot of trust. We didn’t get to know each other, each other’s habits [until now],” she said.
The key for Sequim to getting wins in the postseason, Wagner said, is “staying out of our heads, not getting too critical of ourselves.”
Added Sammie Bacon, also a senior, “It’s keeping our focus on practice [and] not over-thinking things.
“I feel like we’re better with our quicker sets and we’re spreading it out.”