Sequim earned a big win over 3A Bainbridge and had to settle for taking a game off league-leading North Kitsap last week, as SHS looks to keep its No. 2 spot in the Olympic League.
The Wolves (10-4 in Olympic League, 10-5 overall) were scheduled to play at Bremerton on Oct. 25, and finish the regular season at home on Oct. 27 against the Kingston Buccaneers.
Sequim then plays at the four-team Olympic League tournament, a seeding tourney for the 16-team West Central District tournament slated for Nov. 11-12 at Franklin Pierce and Sammamish high schools.
Sequim takes set off Vikings
The first-place North Kitsap Vikings used a six-point serving run late in game one to seize control in a 25-19, 25-16, 17-25, 25-17 win over the host Wolves on Oct. 18.
“We were playing right with them in the first game, going back and forth and it was at 19-19 but we let NK have a six-point serving run to close out the set,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
NK did not miss many serves, she noted, while Sequim ended up missing 13 serves.
Sequim did have some bright spots, taking a game from the Vikings for the first time since an October 2018 league match.
Kendall Hastings had a team-high 21 kills, including eight in the third game, while Sydney Clark had a six-point serving run.
“We were able to run some different offensive sets and we know we can beat them now,” Webber Heilman said. “We might be facing them again in the league tournament.”
Hastings added four blocks, eight digs and was eight-of-nine on serves with an ace.
Jolene Vaara was active, serving 13-of-15 with four aces to earn the team’s Tough Server honor. She added six kills, a season-high 20 assists and nine digs.
Angel Wagner added three kills, seven digs, a block and was 13-of-15 serving with an ace. Arianna Stovall had three kills and Clark was 15-for-18 on serves with two aces, two kills, 13 assists and seven digs.
North Kitsap has won the past 21 match-ups, including postseason play, since Sequim last beat the Vikings (Oct. 27, 2012).
SHS stymies Spartans
The Wolves rebounded from their NK match with a dominant, three-set sweep of Bainbridge (25-20, 25-10, 25-15), after needing five games to beat the Spartans earlier this season.
Hastings paced the SHS offense with 15 kills while Vaara had five and Sammie Bacon and Jordan Kidd had four apiece.
“Bainbridge was having trouble blocking, so our offense was doing well with Jordan, Sammie and Jolene getting some good swings,” Webber Heilman said.
“Kendall was hitting the ball hard and they were unable to get many digs on her hits.”
The Wolves who served 93 percent, were led by Sydney Hegtvedt’s 21-of-22 from the service line — she had a 10-point run in the third game — while Clark was 16-of-17.