POULSBO — The Port Angeles boys tennis team was forced to eat its own during the final day of the Olympic League boys tennis championships on Tuesday.
The doubles team of Connor Reid and A.J. Konopaski qualified for the Class 3A West Central District tournament next spring with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over fellow Roughriders Hayden McCartney and Sam Beasely.
Reid and Konopaski took second place overall with the win, which was bittersweet since it also ended their teammates’ postseason dreams.
“Looking at the draw, we had a feeling it would come down to an all-PA match,” Port Angeles coach Brian Gundersen said. “It’s the ultimate in mixed emotions.
“I feel great for A.J. and Connor and am so happy they have the opportunity to play in the district tournament. Hayden and Sam had an outstanding season and it’s always tough to see it end.”
The Riders had a strong finish overall, grabbing second, third, and fifth place in the doubles half of the tournament.
Micah Roos came up just short of qualifying for districts in the singles bracket, finishing third after a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at the hands of North Kitsap’s Zach Fohn in the consolation final.
Konopaski and Reid have a long wait ahead of them until districts. Boys tennis is technically a spring sport, which means all postseason play is set for May.
“It’s a little bit unusual to qualify for the postseason and then wait several months to play the tournament, but I’m confident A.J. and Connor will keep working on their games and will be ready to go,” Gundersen said.
Port Angeles finished the year with a 9-3 record and lose only one senior going into next year.
“The future of PAHS boys tennis is very bright,” Gundersen said. “I’m already looking forward to next year.”
Volleyball Clallam Bay 3, Crescent 1
CLALLAM BAY — The Bruins won the showdown between the two powerful North Olympic League teams.
The scores were 25-18, 25-11, 23-25, 25-18.
“Clallam Bay played well and we didn’t,” Crescent coach Alex Baker said. “We were slow in warm-ups and even slower in the match.”
The teams are 1-1 in head-to-head competition.
“The Lady Bruins were on fire tonight,” Clallam Bay coach Michelle Klepps said. “We covered the entire floor, blocked very well and hit hard.
“The girls knew they had to win and prove they are still a team to be reckoned with. As always, I am very proud of my team. They are a fun and dedicated group of girls to coach.”
Sarah Reeves had four kills, two aces and a block for the Bruins while Courtney Willis had two kills, three aces and four assists.
Stena Erickson had two kills and six assists and sophomore Melissa Willis had an amazing 12 blocks and four kills.
Rashaya Donnell was perfect in serving for the Loggers by going 10-for-10.
“Rashaya Donnell had good leadership on the court for us,” Baker said.
Bonny Hazelett, a freshman, served two aces and was 12-of-13 in serves.
“Freshman Kellie Belford, coming off the bench, had great serve-receive,” Baker said. “Our freshmen played the best.”
Next up for Clallam Bay is its homecoming match against archrival Neah Bay on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.
The Loggers next host Port Angeles JV on Thursday in a nonleague match.
Forks 3, Winlock 0
WINLOCK — The Spartans won the Southwest Washington League match 25-21, 25-22, 25-16.
Casey Williams had four kills for Forks while Cheryl Moore had three kills.
Moore, Taylor Ingram and Jillian Raven had three assists each.
The Spartans next host Rochester on Thursday.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Redskins lost a nonleague match to archrival Chimacum on Monday.
The Cowboys won 3-1 by the scores of 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 25-13.
“We were fighting the cold/flu that’s going around, and it got the best of us,” Port Townsend coach Nettie Witheridge said.
“I’m not making excuses for the team, but not having a big team with only a few subs sometimes hurts us.”
Christine Unrue had 11 assists for the Redskins while Katie Pollock was strong at the net with seven kills, three digs and two b.ocks.
Bella Daubenburger earned four kills while Brook Nutter earned three aces with three digs.
Port Townsend, 3-7 in the Olympic League and 3-8 overall, next plays a league match at North Mason on Thursday.
North Kitsap 3, Port Angeles 0
POULSBO — The undefeated Vikings ended Port Angeles’ bid for second place among the Olympic League’s 3A schools with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 victory Tuesday night.
“I’m proud of the girls, they played tough, they attacked the ball,” Port Angeles coach Christine Halberg said. “We were [playing the Vikings] on their senior night at their home court, so I think we played really well.”
Kiah Jones led the Riders with six kills, two blocks, one ace and 12 digs. Emily Cook added five kills, two blocks and five digs, while Chloe Johnston had 12 digs and Sam Manwell 11 digs. Setter Emily Drake dished out 19 assists to go along with one ace and seven digs.
The loss means the Riders (6-4 in league, 9-4 overall) will have to settle for the league’s third and final seed in the sub-district playoffs on Nov. 3.
They will face the No. 2 team from the Western Cascade Conference in a loser-out match.
Port Angeles will close out the regular season at home against Olympic next Tuesday.
Sequim 3, Klahowya 0
SILVERDALE — The Wolves moved within a win of clinching the Olympic League’s top seed to 2A districts with a 25-10, 25-8, 25-13 victory over the Eagles on Tuesday.
“We just want that No. 1 seed,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber-Heilman said. “We’ve been having to go in the hard way the last couple of years.”
Maddy Zbaraschuk had a team-high four kills in the win, as well as three stuff blocks and nine digs. Caitlin Pallai was 7-for-7 from the service line with four aces and three kills. Bekah Kirsch added five aces and seven kills, while Taylor Balkan was 9-for-9 with two aces, six assists and one kill.
Keli Hafner had two kills, two stuff blocks and five digs.
Sequim can grab the Olympic League’s top 2A seed with a win at Kingston on Thursday.
Girls Soccer North Kitsap 3, Port Angeles 0
POULSBO — Port Angeles was unable to pull off the upset and take down unbeaten North Kitsap (9-0-1, 10-1-2) in Olympic League play on the road on Tuesday.
“NK is the top team in the league and I told the girls that we would need to compete very hard,” Port Angeles coach Scott Moseley said.
The Roughriders lost 6-0 the first time the two teams played this season.
“I came away pleased with the improvement and the effort displayed but disappointed in the result,” Moseley said.
Elise Reid had 13 saves in goal for Port Angeles.
The Riders (5-5-1, 6-6-1) are still in the hunt for the third and final 3A playoff spot, tied with Bremerton with a game to go for each team.
The Peninsula Daily News incorrectly reported last week that only two 3A teams would make the playoffs.
Port Angeles visits second-place Olympic next Tuesday while Bremerton hosts North Kitsap.
North Kitsap 3, Port Angeles 0
Port Angeles 0 0 — 0
North Kitsap 2 1 — 3
First half: 1, North Kitsap,18th minute; 2, North Kitsap, 26th.Second Half: 3, North Kitsap, 59th.