Sequim overcame its own small roster and a second-set serving “meltdown” to get past Kingston 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23) in an Olympic League volleyball match Sept. 28 in Sequim.
“We were missing a player due to injury, and they were down a couple of players, so the benches were a little bare for the varsity match,” Wolves coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
Kingston and Sequim have played a number of close matches in recent seasons.
“We usually have close matches with Kingston,” Webber Heilman said.
Apart from the initial set, that’s what transpired again as the Wolves rebounded from a poor showing at the service line in set two.
“They just were like, ‘OK, we can’t do that again,’ ” Webber Heilman said of her team in the post-set huddle. “We keep track of missed first serves, and we had three in that game. So we just needed to get the ball into play.
“We just needed to get it on the court and not worry about speed. And the third game, we didn’t miss any, and none in the fourth.”
Sequim’s Jolene Vaara led the offensive attack with 11 kills and served 11-for-12 with three ace, while Kendall Hastings added seven kills, four blocks and three aces.
Jordan Hegtvedt served a perfect 18-for-18 with two aces and added 20 digs for the Wolves, while Lindsay Swanson posted four digs, two kills and an ace.
Malorey Morey tallied three kills, five blocks and served 10-for-10.
Sequim’s Angel Wagner served 14-for-16 with four aces and two kills in her first varsity match.
The Wolves added a 3-0 sweep of North Mason at Belfair on Sept. 29.
Sequim (5-2, 6-2) used big scoring runs to sweep past the Bulldogs 25-22, 25-11, 25-19.
Hastings served 17-of-19 with three aces.
“She serves first and got us going with a five-point run in the first game,” Webber Heilman said.
Hegtvedt served 15-for-16 with a five-point run in the second game, and added 15 digs.
Vaara had eight kills, six assists, two blocks and a dig. She also served 8-of-9 with three aces, all of them coming during a four-point run in the second game.
Kelsey Bergeson served 9-for-9 with a five-point run in the final game to reclaim the lead. She also had five digs.
Jordan Kidd totaled two kills and two assists while Wagner served 6-for-7 with an ace, three kills and three digs.
The Wolves were scheduled to play at Port Angeles on Oct. 5 — results were not available at press time.
Sequim hosts the Olympic Trojans on Oct. 7 before travelling to Olympia for the Capital City Invite on Oct. 9.
The Wolves are at North Kitsap on Oct. 12 and Bainbridge on Oct. 14.