Elks serve up win over Wishkah

AMANDA PARK — Lake Quinault’s Elks had aces up their sleeves in building their resume for posteseason competition.

Combining for 17 aces, the Elks rolled past Wishkah, 25-6, 25-12, 25-8, in a non-league volleyball match Tuesday night at Amanda Park.

The Elks improved to 10-1 for the season. Since all area Class 1B schools are independents, records from each team will be compared in determining district seedings. Quinault, Mary M. Knight and Taholah are the leading candidates for the top-seeded berths.

Quinault simply overpowered the inexperienced Loggerettes (0-10) in a match that was completed in 48 minutes. Mikaila Blackburn served nine aces and delivered seven kills, while Romey Begay contributed seven kills and two blocks for the Elks. In addition to their serving prowess, the Elks collected 23 kills as a team.

“I was very happy with our play tonight,” first-year Quinault head coach Heidi Heimbigner said. “The girls played clean ball, they didn’t make many errors.”

Wishkah, which has four freshmen and two eighth-graders on a nine-member roster, improved as the match progressed but had difficulty prolonging points.

“We had awesome serves tonight. We’re still working on coverage,” Wishkah coach Darci McMaster said. “That’s one of the hardest-hitting teams we play and we just have to get lower quicker.”

The Loggerettes scored the match’s opening point on a Quinault hitting error but Begay’s kill produced a side-out. Blackburn then served the next eight points, hammering five aces in that span.

Hannah Allen served the final seven points of the first set, with Blackburn’s tip registering the clinching point.

Wishkah’s highlight came midway through the second set. With her team trailing 18-5, Chrissy Rurup served four consecutive points, including an ace, before the Elks re-established control.

Blackburn ripped two more aces in an 8-0 run that gave Lake Quinault a 23-7 advantage in the third set. The match ended when the Loggerettes were unable to return Johana Esparza’s serve.

Heimbigner cited Alex Blackburn (Mikaila’s cousin) for all-around play.

Wishkah freshman Maggie Sorenson was praised by McMaster for getting her hands on some Quinault spikes.

The Loggerettes entertain Quilcene on Thursday. The Elks will compete in the Crescent Invitational tournament on Saturday.