Sequim’s volleyball squad is just a win or two away from a state tournament berth — but it gets a tough foe to kick off the bi-district tourney.
The eighth-seeded Wolves (11-6) open the West Central District 2-3 tournament against No. 1 seed Washington (15-1) in the first match at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Franklin Pierce High School.
With a win, the Wolves are assured a state berth. A loss sends the Wolves into a consolation game at 8 p.m. that same evening against either Kingston or Lindbergh. Sequim would need to win that and another consolation bracket match for a state berth.
The Wolves earned the Olympic League’s No. 2 seed to districts last week after splitting a pair of matches in the Olympic League tourney.
Sequim opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Kingston in the first round on Nov. 2, beating the Buccaneers 26-24, 25-14, 20-25 and 25-23 at home.
“It was a really close match,” Wolves coach Jennie Webber Heilman said of the win over the No. 3 Olympic League seed.
“We worked on our blocking because the last time we played them we didn’t block at all, so this helped us this time. And we served 90 percent as a team; we did not do that the time we lost to them.”
Some big service runs by Malorey Morey helped boost Sequim. She served a perfect 25-for-25 and added two kills and two digs.
“She had a nine-point serving run in game two and a four-point run in the fourth game,” Webber Heilman said.
Kendall Hastings led the Wolves at the net offensively with 16 kills. She added 11 assists, two stuff blocks, four digs and served nine-of-10.
Allie Gale served 17-for-19 with two aces, three perfect passes, a kill, 20 assists and seven digs for Sequim, while libero Jordan Hegtvedt chipped in with two kills and 16 digs.
Jolene Vaara served 14-for-15 with an ace and had 11 kills, three stuff blocks and eight digs.
Sequim’s Kelsi Bergeson served 11-for-13 with an ace and two kills while Jordan Kidd served 3-for-4 with a kill and five digs, and Angel Wagner was 5-for-6 with two kills and two digs.
The Wolves fell in the league title match to league champion North Kitsap, who earned the No. 3 seed to districts,
Port Angeles wound up with the No. 14 seed to districts.
The top six of the 16 teams in the bi-district,double-elimination tourney advance to the state 2A tournament, slated for Nov. 19-20 in Yakima.