Chokers lose momentum in four-set loss to Raiders in volleyball

A spirited first two sets gave way to a tough second half of the match for Grays Harbor College.

The Chokers split the first two sets with visiting Pierce, but couldn’t maintain the momentum and energy in the final two sets in a 23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-9 NWAACC Western Division volleyball match at Sam Benn Gym on Wednesday.

Heather Dublanko led the Chokers (0-3, 8-8) with seven kills and four stuff blocks. Kendra Weiler added five kills and Alahna Weber dished out 14 assists to go with her four stuff blocks.

“We came out with a ton of energy and a ton of fire,” GHC head coach Christine Nelson said. “We blocked their hitters and took them out of the (first set). In the second set, we fought back. A couple of things went their way at the end of the set. We just ran out of points. The first two sets were great.”

Nelson noted that the momentum of the match turned Pierce’s way in the third and fourth sets and GHC had trouble running its offense to keep up.

“We lost that fire and couldn’t get it back,” Nelson added. “We were fighting through that and that’s always hard. We didn’t pass as well as we did in the first two sets. We played a lot more defense and didn’t hit.”

Nelson cited Weber for her work running the offense, Dublanko for her work at the net and Brittany Flohr for her job coming off the bench.

On Friday, GHC stays home to greet Tacoma C.C.