SPORTS: Chimacum volleyball team earns its first league victory in two years

ORTING — The Chimacum volleyball team came through and earned its first Nisqually League victory in two years Monday night.

The Cowboys, who have had several heartbreaking five-game losses this year, beat Orting 3-2 to improve to 1-6 in league and 3-7 overall.

Chimacum won the first game but then lost the next two before buckling down and take the final two games by the scores of 25-22, 13-25, 19-25, 25-13, 15-11.

“It felt really good to get the win,” coach Sally Dankert said.

“Overall, it was a very good night for us.”

The twin senior sisters Aubrey and Alyssa Gale both had outstanding nights for the Cowboys.

Both were strong at the net as Aubrey Gale put the ball down for 12 kills and three blocks while Alyssa Gale added nine kills of her own.

Alyssa Gale also led the team with 13 digs.

Aubrey Gale’s hits were eye-opening, though.

“Aubrey had phenomenal kills,” Dankert said. “She was just pounding them into the ground.”

Setter Megan Dukek, a sophomore, had 17 assists in the match.

The Cowboys as a whole had an outstanding night serving with 93 percent serving as a team and 23 aces.

“This is the best we have served as a team,” Dankert said.

The Gale sisters are the only seniors on the team, and there are only two juniors, Krista Hathaway and Mallori Cossell.

Sophomores include Dukek, Olivia Baird, Kristen Castillo, Lauren Thacker and Sienna Madary while freshmen playing varsity volleyball are Kiersten Snyder, Lexie Cray and Alyssa Hamilton.

The Cowboys now will try to make it two league wins in a row as they host Vashon Island on Wednesday night.

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