Thanks to a pair of league victories — including one against their likely first round opponent in the Olympic League tournament — Sequim’s volleyball squad has a No. 2 tourney seed and momentum heading into the postseason.
The Wolves will host an Olympic League Tournament game on Thursday, Nov. 3, likely against Kingston.
The winner of that game likely takes on league powerhouse North Kitsap on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Kingston, for the league’s top seed.
The tourney helps seed league teams for the 16-team West Central District tournament, slated for Nov. 11-12 at Franklin Pierce and Sammamish high schools.
Sequim (11-3 in Olympic League, 11-4 overall) took care of business on Oct. 27 with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-19 senior night volleyball sweep of Kingston’s Buccaneers on Oct. 27.
“We beat them in three games, so we were happy to achieve our goal for the match,” coach Jennie Webber Heilman said. “It was nice to come out and play well because weird things can happen on senior night, but we stayed pretty focused all night.”
Senior Angel Wagner sparked the Wolves in the first set, serving a perfect eight-for-eight with six aces.
“We’re just playing well together,” Wagner said after the win.
“There’s a lot of trust. We didn’t get to know each other, each other’s habits [until now],” she said.
Senior Sammie Bacon saved Sequim in the second set, first getting a crucial dig to fall in while down 22-21.
“She had a crazy dig that hit the top of the tape [on the net] and rolled over and landed on their side; then she served out the last three points,” Webber Heilman said.
“It was nice to come back in that second game and not let them have it.”
Bacon had three aces and three kills.
“I feel like we’re better with our quicker sets and we’re spreading it out,” she said.
Senior Kendall Hastings led the team with 13 kills, 10 for 11 serving with an ace, five perfect passes, seven digs and six blocks defensively.
Senior Jordan Kidd added a kill, five digs and three perfect passes and classmate Mia Coudriet totaled 11 digs and four perfect passes.
Freshman Sydney Clark served 12 of 12 with an ace and a kill.
Wolves sweep aside Knights
Another barrage of aces pushed the Wolves past the Knights in three games. (25-10, 25-8, 25-15) on Oct. 25.
Sequim totaled 27 aces in an earlier match against winless Bremerton.
“We had 28 aces this time and Kendall [Hastings] had 12 of them,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
Sydney Hegtvedt got things started with three aces in a row to start the match, and Hastings served 13 points in a row, eight of them aces.
Hastings ended up serving 21-for-23 with the 12 aces, plus seven kills, two blocks and four digs.
Hegtvedt went 10-for-10 with four aces.
Jolene Vaara set a goal of serving 100 percent in the match and accomplished that, according to Webber Heilman, going 10-for-10 with four aces. Vaara added five kills and five assists.
Clark also added five aces on 13-for-15 serving, to go along with six assists.
The key for Sequim to getting wins in the postseason, Wagner said, is “staying out of our heads, not getting too critical of ourselves.”