Sequim and Port Angeles battled back and forth in a rivalry volleyball match on Sept. 9, with the Sequim Wolves coming out on top 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-12) to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Wolves coach Jennie Webber Heilman said her squad went back to the fundamentals in the middle of the match.
“In the fourth game we were able to run a quicker offense, we got settled in a little bit better,” she said.
Kendall Hastings was the offensive player of the match for Sequim with 16 kills, five stuff blocks and 14 digs.
Jordan Hegtvedt was the Wolves’ defensive leader, but also contributed offensively.
“She had a kill out of the back row as she is our libero for the time being,” Webber Heilman said.
“She served 12 for 12 with an ace, two perfect passes and 24 digs. She was our defensive leader.”
Allie Gale, Sequim’s lone setter, had 38 assists to go along with seven digs and an 18 of 19 serving performance with three aces.
Jolene Vaara also contributed offensively, 10 kills and only two hitting errors. She also served 15-of-17 with two aces and had 10 digs.
“She was leading serve receive from the middle — not a normal spot to do that,” Webber Heilman said.
Jordan Kidd was perfect on nine serves and had seven digs, while Kelsi Bergeson added three kills and seven digs.
It was the season opener for the Roughriders and coach Jennifer Reynolds enjoyed how her team performed.
“We had our jamboree last week and we saw where we are at and what we needed to work on,” Reynolds said. “We practiced rotations, positions, and yesterday they came out and executed it and it was amazing.
Road opener win
The Wolves player their first full match of the year on Sept. 6, fighting traffic jams and a slow start against West Seattle to win 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22).
The Wolves played a rare Labor Day match and unfortunately spent hours in traffic all the way to West Seattle via Tacoma and back, Webber Heilman said.
“The girls were really tired, but at least we won 3-0,” she said.
Sequim fell behind in the first game, but went on a big run after the Wildcats brought in a weaker rotation.
The Wolves served 89 percent for the match. Webber Heilman said the team only has nine girls on varsity right now, but that a lot of players are returning to the program that was truncated last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We got a lot of kids back who’ve gone two years without playing,” she said.
Gale led the Wolves with 28 assists, while Hegtvedt served a perfect 19-for-19 with a pair of aces and five digs. Webber Heilman said Hegtvedt had a number of three- to four-point runs while serving and had a six-serve run.
Hastings led the attack at the net with nine kills, five blocks and seven digs. Vaara added six kills and seven digs. Mallory Morey served 10-for-11 with five digs, and Lindsay Swanson had three aces and four kills.
The junior varsity lost to West Seattle 2-1.
Sequim was scheduled to play at Olympic (Silverdale) on Sept. 14 —results were not available at press time.
The Wolves host perennial league powerhouse North Kitsap on Sept. 16.
Sequim then travels for a non-league match-up at Blaine on Sept. 18, and hosts class 3A Bainbridge on Sept. 21.