Sequim’s Wolves showed little fatigue in playing four games in four days last week — each at home — earning three victories, including a four-set win over an improved Port Angeles Roughrider squad.
Sequim opened the week with a three-game (25-21, 25-22, 25-14) sweep of the Olympic Trojans on Feb. 24. Sequim also claimed an extra game, 25-19.
The Wolves served 95 percent on the night, their consecutive straight game above 90-percent accuracy.
“We played pretty well; we had some passing issues off and on, but nothing terrible,” SHS coach Jennie Webber Heilman said.
Senior setter Kalli Wiker was active all over the court for Sequim. She served 28-for-28 with eight aces, 27 assists, 13 digs and two kills.
The Wolves put the contest away in the third game with Wiker’s help. She had an 11-point serving run with three aces, improving Sequim’s lead from four to 15.
“They also called two timeouts,” Webber Heilman said. “She was definitely on a roll.”
Kendall Hastings served three aces and led the offense with 19 kills and also added four blocks defensively.
“I’m thinking that kills total was a personal-best,” Webber Heilman said. “She was playing middle and swinging away.”
Other strong performers for Sequim included Amanda Weller, who served 12-for-13 with two aces and four kills. McKenna Hastings was 11-for-11 serving and added six digs, two kills and a block.
Freshman Jolene Vaara stepped into a new position in the middle and had seven kills, five digs and was 5-for-5 on serves with an ace. Malory Morey contributed two blocks and a kill while Allie Gale served 10-for-10 with an ace and eight digs.
Kendall Hastings led the Wolves with 18 kills and four blocks to lead Sequim to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 win over East Jefferson on Feb. 25.
“(The block total) is pretty good because they were sending over a lot of free balls and she happened to be blocking where they had a hitter,” Webber Heilman said.
The teams also played an extra game, with the Wolves winning 25-14.
“We didn’t serve as well as we had — maybe I jinxed us there — but we still had 19 aces,” Webber Heilman said.
Wiker totaled six aces with two kills and 27 assists at setter.
Weller added three aces and four kills, while Jessica Asselin served 7 for 7 with an ace, five digs and two perfect passes.
McKenna Hastings pitched in four kills and five digs, Morey was 4-for-4 on serves with two kills and Gale served 4-for-4 with three aces and five digs.
Lindsay Swanson added five aces and Vaara had three kills.
SHS takes 4-set win over PA
The Wolves beat a much-improved Port Angeles squad 3-1 on Feb. 26 in Sequim’s third match in three days, helping SHS earn its fourth win on the season and match last season’s total.
Sequim won (25-20, 25-14, 24-26, 25-22), a victory that spelled Port Angeles’ first loss the season in three matches.
“It was back and forth quite a bit,” Webber Heilman said.
Leading the way for the Wolves were Wiker, Weller and Kendall Hastings. Wiker had 29 assists and 13 digs, Hastings had 17 kills and four blocks, and Weller served a perfect 31-for-31 with six aces.
Webber Heilman said Weller had several good runs while serving, including an eight-point run in the second set that helped give the Wolves an advantage.
“She was serving tough all night; it’s pretty amazing to go 31-for-31,” Webber Heilman said.
McKenna Hastings had 15 digs, Gale served 20-for-21 and had 13 digs, while Jordan Hegtvedt had 16 digs. Vaara had nine kills, while Swanson served 7-for-7 with 12 digs.
Vikings prevail in 3
Sequim (4-2) closed the week with a three-set loss to league powerhouse North Kitsap (25-25, 25-18, 25-12) on Feb. 27.
The Vikings got a seven-point serving run in the first and third sets to set the tone.
“In the second game e were close until we missed four serves into the net,” Webber Heilman said.
“We were unable to get some blocks on their strong hitters, so it made it tough on our defense.”
Kendall Hastings paced the offense with seven kills; Morey and Vaara added three apiece.
Wiker had 12 assists, two aces and five digs while Hegtvedt was 6-for-6 on serves and had a team-high six digs.
After four consecutive home games, the Wolves are back on the road March 3 to take on East Jefferson and March 6 at Port Angeles, before hosting Klahowya on March 8. Sequim is at Kingston on March 11.
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