Volleyball: Wolves press Bucs but fall in tiebreaker

Olympic League standings

(as of Oct. 7)

Team Lg. Over.

North Kitsap 5-0 6-1

North Mason 5-1 5-2

Kingston 4-2 6-2

Port Angeles 3-3 4-3

Olympic 2-4 3-6

Sequim 1-5 1-6

Bremerton 0-5 1-5

Sequim’s young volleyball squad battled Kingston to five games but in the end fell to the Buccaneers 15-9 in the decisive fifth game on Oct. 3.

“This game was a tough-fought battle the whole match,” said coach Jennie Webber Heilman.

Kalli Wiker served 27-for-27 with a pair of five-point runs and had 25 assists, three blocks and seven digs, while Kiana Robideau also had five aces on 16-for-17 serving, 16 digs and 11 kills.

“Kiana was serving very hard,” Webber Heilman said. “She was our leading passer … and led our offense.

“Kalli helped our offense with excellent setting.”

McKenna Hastings had a six-point run, served 18-for-20 and added eight digs.

Kendall Hastings added three of Sequim’s nine blocks, a collective season-high for the Wolves (1-5 in league play, 1-6 overall). She also had seven kills.

Jordan Hegtvedt served 14-for-16.

Bulldogs upend Wolves

North Mason hasn’t finished better than fourth in the Olympic League for at least the past six seasons.

But a senior-laden squad Bulldog squad was battling North Kitsap for the league’s top spot last week, and defended its home court with a four-game win (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17) over visiting Sequim on Oct. 1.

“We really wanted to beat them (but) we didn’t quite get enough passing,” Webber Heilman said.

Robideau led Sequim with 10 kills and nine digs. She had one block, the Wolves’ only block of the night.

“That’s something we need to work on,” Webber Heilman said.

Wiker had 17 assists, six digs and was 11-for-11 on serves. Kendall Hastings served 12-for-12 with three kills and Jessica Asselin added nine digs.

Webber Heilman said that Malory Morey, a sophomore on the junior varsity team, gave the Wolves a big boost, including a seven-point serving streak in the second game. She finished 10-of-11 on serves.

“We just didn’t pass well a few times and that was pretty much the difference,” Webber Heilman said. “We have had so many close games. Hopefully we can play just a little better to turn those into wins this next half.”

Looking ahead

Sequim was scheduled to host rival Port Angeles on Oct. 8 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves are at Bremerton on Oct. 10 and at Blaine for a non-league match-up on Oct. 12. They host Olympic on Oct. 15 and play at North Kitsap on Oct. 17 before playing at the Capital City Invite in Olympic on Oct. 19.

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