Volleyball: Sequim sweeps Knights, Trojans, Borderites to improve to 4-0

Volleyball: Sequim sweeps Knights, Trojans, Borderites to improve to 4-0

Sequim’s Wolves battered a pair of Olympic League foes last week, then got a four-set test against a non-league squad that featured an epic final game.

Sequim (3-0 in league, 4-0 overall) opened the week with a dominant win over Bremerton on Sept. 11. The Wolves missed plenty of serves — a dozen, to be precise — but still managed to overpower the Knights in straight sets — 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 — on Sept. 11.

Tayler Breckenridge had 11 kills, 11 digs and three aces to lead the Wolves.

Kalli Wiker and Isabelle Dennis were both 15-of-16 on serves; Wiker had five kills and Dennis added a team-high 14 digs in the win.

Brittany Gale chipped in a team-high 13 assists to go with eight digs.

“We overpowered Bremerton with our offense and tough defense,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said. “Even though we missed … serves they were having a hard time passing on serve receive.”

Arlene Law contributed three blocks and Jayle Julmist had two to lead the Sequim defense.

“We have been working on running quicker plays and were successful several times during the match,” Webber Heilman said.

Two days later, Sequim routed Olympic’s Trojans at home, 25-13, 25-21 and 25-18.

Breckenridge had nine kills while Julmist, Law and Annika Christensen had four kills apiece. Gale and Wiker combined for 17 assists.

“Our defense covered pretty well,” said Breckenridge, who also had 16 digs against the Trojans.

Dennis, a fellow senior, had a team-high 22 digs.

“(Isabelle) … definitely had my back on a lot of balls I couldn’t get to,” Breckenridge said.

Despite the win, Webber Heilman said she was a bit frustrated.

“Once again, we let a team back in the game,” she said. “It seems like we lose focus. (But) we were scrappy. They were hitting to our setter and we haven’t had to deal with that yet.”

On Sept. 15, Sequim out-lasted an evenly-matched 1A Blaine squad in four games. After dropping the first game 27-25, Sequim came back for 25-21 and 25-19 game victories.

The Wolves then out-lasted the Borderites 32-30 in the fourth game to avoid a fifth game tie-breaker, despite falling behind 21-15 at one point.

Breckenridge paced the offense once again with 20 kills and Julmist added seven kills and a team-high nine blocks. Dennis and Breckenridge combined for 47 digs and Wiker, who had a team-high 19 assists, was 22-for-22 from the serving line.

“This was a great match for us from start to finish,” Webber Heilman said.

Blaine was without a key outside hitter after she injured her ankle in the first game, Webber Heilman said.

Looking ahead

Sequim was scheduled to play 1A foe Klahowya on Sept. 17 and defending Olympic League champ North Kitsap on Sept. 18 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves host North Mason on Sept. 25 and play at Kingston on Sept. 17.

Sequim looks for a season sweep of their rivals when they play at Port Angeles on Oct. 2.

Volleyball: Sequim sweeps Knights, Trojans, Borderites to improve to 4-0

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