The Sequim volleyball team had some tough competition at the state 2A volleyball tournament, losing a pair of matches to Ridgefield and Enumclaw.
It was the end of a successful year for the Wolves, who went 13-9 and made their first trip to the state tournament since 2016.
“It’s amazing how good the volleyball was,” at the tournament, said coach Jennie Webber Heilman. She said many of the players in the top teams at state were able to keep playing in private clubs all through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sequim lost to No. 3 seed Ridgefield 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-7) on Friday. Ridgefield earned a spot in the 2A finals before falling to champ Columbia River, the top tourney seed.
Webber-Heilman said Sequim didn’t play poorly against Ridgefield, only missing one serve.
“We were overpowered,” Webber Heilman said. “Those were big girls. They hit the ball.”
The Wolves lost to No. 6 seed Enumclaw 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-23). Webber-Heilman said the Wolves started slowly in this match, but picked it up at the end, nearly winning Game 3.
“We spotted them a bunch of points in the beginning, then we started to play,” she said.
Against Ridgefield, Allie Gale led the Wolves with eight assists. She served 7-for-7 with six digs. Kendall Hastings had four kills, two blocks and served 5-for-5. Jordan Hegtvedt had 14 digs, while Jolene Vaara added eight digs and two kills.
Against Enumclaw, Hegtvedt had 15 kills and served 6-for-6. Hastings had 12 digs, 11 kills and seven assists. Gale had 17 digs, 10 assists, four kills and served 14-for-14 with an ace. Malory Morey served 10-for-10 with an ace and three kills, while Vaara had 10 digs and eight kills. Kelsi Bergeson served 6-for-6.
Gale, Hegtvedt, Morey and Bergeson all graduate this year, while all Olympic League first-team player Hastings returns along with Vaara.