Peninsula Daily News
SEQUIM — The Sequim Wolves started their league season with a win, beating North Olympic Peninsula rival Port Angeles at home 25-15, 25-18, 25-18.
“We were pretty scrappy. They were getting to lots of balls. We have to work on spreading our offense out better,” said Sequim coach Jennie Webber-Heilman.
The Wolves had 14 aces serving. Kalli Wiker led the way, serving 15 for 15 with four aces and 20 assists. Jayla Julmist was 18 for 20 serving with six aces.
Tayler Breckenridge had a great all-around match, serving 18 for 19 with two aces, making six perfect passes and hammering 13 kills while digging out 14 shots. Libero Isabelle Dennis had 19 digs and nine perfect passes for the Wolves.
Port Angeles coach Christine Halberg said she was impressed with the effort from her team.
“The girls played hard tonight,” she said. “They made some adjustment from Tuesday’s scrimmage which were improvements. We had a couple slow starts and some good late comebacks, which was really good to see that they didn’t give up at any time.”
Setters Sophomore Camille Stensgard and junior Nacia Bohman led the team in serving and assists. Bohman had 10 assists and Stensgard seven.
Behind the service line, Stensgard served 15 of 15 with one ace and Bohman served 12 of 12.
“Defensively, we had a core group of girls consistently digging up Sequim’s tough hits,” Halberg said.
“Emma Olsen lead with five digs. She was backed with McKenzie Musalek, Nacia and Emi Halberg adding four digs apiece.
“Emma and Emi were our top serve receive passers. They did a great job keeping the backcourt calm off the serve.
“Offensively, Madison Cooke and Aeverie Politika led with seven and six kills, respectively.
Port Angeles (0-1, 0-1) hosts South Kitsap in a nonleague match Monday.
The Wolves (1-0, 1-0) visit Bremerton on Tuesday.
Quilcene 3, Port Townsend 0
PORT TOWNSEND — A young Quilcene squad kept up its winning ways, remaining undefeated by beating Port Townsend 3-0 by the score of 25-8, 25-15, 25-7.
The Rangers, with four freshman, two sophomoes and an eighth-grader on their roster, got 27 aces in the match, including 12 aces from Pearl Munn, who served 19 for 19.
McKenzie Kieffer had six aces, while Madison Coffey led the Rangers with four kills, while Bridget Hitt had five assists.
“We have a really young team this year, we’ve graduated a lot of palyers in the past couple of years. But, they’re looking pretty strong,” said coach Joni Crowell.
Quilcene (2-0) next plays at Rainier Christian in a Sea-Tac 1B League match Tuesday. Port Townsend (0-1) plays at Cascade Christian on Tuesday.
Port Angeles 4, Vashon 3
PORT ANGELES — The Roughriders exacted some revenge from a 2017 loss by opening up the 2018 slate with a 4-3 nonleague win over Vashon on Thursday.
“Port Angeles, coming off one of the best seasons in school history by making it to the final eight of state last year, were looking for revenge on Vashon, who beat them 4-1 in 2017,” Riders coach Scott Moseley said.
Port Angeles got on the scoreboard quickly in the ninth minute when Millie Long crossed a ball from the right side that Kyrsten McGuffey headed past the Pirates’ keeper.
The Riders went up 2-0 when Delaney Wenzl assisted on Long’s first goal of the season. McGuffey and Long combined for Port Angeles’ third goal in the 36th minute, with Long getting her second score.
Vashon scored three goals after halftime to tie the game at 3-all late.
“We were disorganized in the midfield and Vashon moved some players around that started to cause us trouble,” Moseley said. “I was not very happy with the effort that let them back in the game.”
McGuffey sent the PA crowd home happy.
In the 78th minute, she dribbled into the penalty box and was fouled. McGuffey buried the ensuing penalty kick to the keepers left, giving the Riders the 4-3 win.
“Winning our first game was a great way to set the tone for the season,” McGuffey said. “I was proud of our freshmen who came out strong and displayed why they should be on varsity. Everyone had a solid work rate throughout the game. The game was a great learning experience to show us what we need to work on, and to show us what our strengths are. I hope we continue to build off of this win, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish this season.”
Moseley said Maddie Roening was strong in goal for the Riders, saving 11 shots.
Sequim 4, Port Angeles 3
SEQUIM — The Wolves swept all three singles matches and the No. 1 doubles contest to edge the rival Roughriders in Sequim’s season opener.
Damon Little and Liam Payne’s 6-4, 6-4 straight-sets triumph over Brady Nickerson and Kyler Tourbin clinched the match for the Wolves.
“It was a great match,” Sequim coach Mark Textor said. “Port Angeles has a very good team. There were a lot of very exciting and close doubles matches that could have went either way.”
The Roughriders head coach also came away impressed.
“This was a great early season test for us,” said Port Angeles coach Brian Gundersen. “We’ve got some areas to clean up, but Sequim definitely came out ready to play.”
Port Angeles (1-1) visits Klahowya on Monday.
Sequim visits Chimacum on Monday.
Sequim 4, Port Angeles 3
No. 1: Blake Wiker (SEQ) def. Hayden Woods (PA) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2: Thomas Hughes (SEQ) def. Jadon Seibel (PA) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3: Raymond Lam (SEQ) def. (PA) Henry Shaw 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1: Damon Little/Liam Payne (SEQ) def. Brady Nickerson/Kyler Tourbin (PA) 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2: Bo Bradow/Milo Whitman (PA) def. Liam Branten-Sam Frymyer (SEQ) 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3: Lucas Jarnigan/Daniel Basden (PA) def. Henry Hughes/Dustin Koch (SEQ) 6-4, 7-5.