SPORTS: Sequim and Port Angeles both go 0-2 at state volleyball

KENNEWICK — Port Angeles and Sequim both went winless in the Class 2A volleyball state tournament Friday and Saturday at the Toyota Center.

The two rivals went 0-2 each in the double-elimination competition.

Black Hills, which captured third place last year at state, beat the Roughriders 3-0 in the first round early Friday morning, winning 25-17, 25-21, 25-15.

“It was a little introduction to state volleyball,” Port Angeles coach Christine Halberg said.

“Playing in a big arena with a very loud crowd” was a new experience for the Riders, who played at state for the first time since 1989, said Halberg, who received Olympic League coach of teh year honors.

White River beat Port Angeles 3-1 in the consolation quarterfinals.

White River won by the scores of 17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-12.

“Although we did not win the league championship, the girls kept getting better all year long,” Halberg said.

Port Angeles will lose only two seniors this season, one being Chloe Johnston, who earned Olympic League first team All-League honors and was named the defensive MVP of the year.

Sequim at state

The Wolves had an identical weekend to Port Angeles, losing 3-0 to Anacortes in the first round Friday morning by the scores of 25-11, 25-18, 25-15.

“We are a pretty good young team,” Sequim coach Jennie Webber-Heilman said.

“But Anacortes was a pretty good team, and their offense was fast.”

Tumwater defeated Sequim 3-1 in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday morning by the score of 25-4, 21-25, 25-9, 25-14.

The Sequim volleyball team received the Olympic League team sportsmanship award.

“That is something we really stress on our team,” Webber-Heilman said. “Whether we won or lost, we showed sportsmanship.”

Taylor Balkan and Haleigh Harrison earned Olympic first team All-League honors.

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