Heartbreak, once again, comes to the Sequim Wolves at the West Central District tournament.
Sequim went 1-2 at the tourney in Tacoma Nov. 7-8, seeing their hopes for a berth in the 2A state tourney close in a five-set loss to Steilacoom on Saturday.
It’s the third time in four years Sequim’s been knocked out of districts in a five-set match needing two wins or less to move on to state.
Sequim dropped its first match to White River in four sets — 25-19, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-12 — despite strong games from three of its seniors. Alyse Armstrong had 11 assists and a team-high 17 kills while Emily Wallner had 17 assists and Emma LeBlanc paced the defense with 25 digs. Maddie Potts added three blocks, two kills and was 13-for-13 serving.
Sequim rebounded with a dominating, three-set win against Highline (25-18, 25-4 and 25-17). LeBlanc was 25-of-27 serving with a team-high five aces. Wallner had four kills and 10 assists while Armstrong added five kills and nine assists. Megan Breckenridge and Ella Christensen had three blocks each and Rylie Roberts chipped in with five digs and three aces.
In the consolation semifinals, Sequim had a 2-1 lead in sets before the Sentinels completed their comeback in the fourth and fifth sets (25-18, 24-26, 20-25, 25-22 and 15-10). LeBlanc (42 digs) and Roberts (38 digs) led the defensive effort. Wallner had 21 kills, Armstrong added 15 and Kylee Salazar had 10 kills. Armstrong had a team-high four blocks with four, Breckenridge adding three.
Both teams Sequim lost to — Steilacoom and White River — advanced to the 2A state tournament with the districts fifth and sixth seeds.
North Kitsap, the Olympic League champ, took the district title with wins against Washington, Steilacoom, Fife and Liberty.