Vikings in five
RAYMOND — Fighting off three match points in the fifth set, Willapa Valley rallied for a big 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 Pacific League victory over rival Raymond in a Pacific League finale on Wednesday night.
The Gulls (6-6, 7-8) led 14-11 in the fifth and final set when the Vikings (8-4, 8-6) got a sideout to get serve at 14-12. From there, Michaela Huber served the final four points to grab the victory.
The win for Valley created a tie for second place with Northwest Christian. On Friday at 6 p.m. at Ocosta High School, the two teams will meet in a playoff to determine the No. 2 and 3 seeds entering next week’s District IV 2B tournament.
Raymond falls to the No. 5 seed and will take on Wahkiakum in the opening round of the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Bend.
“We’re ending our season with a bang — Northwest Christian, South Bend, Raymond and back to Northwest Christian,” Willapa Valley head coach Lori Snodgrass said. “The difference between second and third in districts is huge. We were behind the whole time in the fifth. Raymond had a big lead and the girls kept on fighting. They never gave up.”
Raymond nearly gave up a big first-set lead before winning, but Valley used its momentum off serves to claim the second and third sets. Both coaches noted that the teams had trouble with serve-receive and momentum in the match swung from whichever team held serve.
The Gulls knuckled down in the fourth set and kept the Vikings at bay to force the fifth set. With momentum, Raymond led throughout until the final series of serves by Huber grabbed the win for Valley.
“We were playing to win, not playing tight, in the fourth set,” Raymond head coach Bob Swogger said. “We had moments when we broke down and we just had one too many at the end. Whoever had the serve, they had the momentum.”
Lauren Friese and Huber were cited for their overall play, especially at the net, for Valley. Karli Friese was cited for her defense and Emily Fluke for her setting.
Hannah Dykes led Raymond with 13 kills, Kira Dunsmoor added 12 kills and Shyl0 Boyes 10 kills. Aiysha Garcia was cited for her 100 percent serving and Courtney Hagain for dishing out 30 assists.
Indians win in three
NASELLE — Hitting on all cylinders in hitting and serving, South Bend took full control of Naselle in this Pacific League regular-season finale 25-8, 25-11, 25-14 on Wednesday night.
Makenzie Russell led the Indians’ offense with nine kills and five blocks, with Katlyn Sawyer and Kessa Wilson adding four kills each. Wilson also had five blocks as well.
But the night wasn’t about the hitters, but the passing and the serving, according to South Bend head coach Jackie Sanchez. The Tribe finished with a 96 percent clip in serving and the entire team was cited for serving and passing.
“We didn’t mishandle any balls tonight,” Sanchez said. “It was a really good night for us. If we can play consistent in those two areas, it allows our hitters to really hit the ball.”
Kaelani Collins was cited for her serving, finshing with a 20-for-20 night, and Myranda Curtis for setting.
On Tuesday, South Bend (12-0, 13-1) will host a District IV 2B quarterfinal match at Koplitz Fieldhouse.
Wildcats in three
OYEHUT — On Senior Night, North Beach aimed to end the season on a winning note and, in the process, pushed Ocosta to the brink in three sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, in Pacific League action on Wednesday.
For the Hyaks, their season ends at 0-12, 0-14 overall, while the Wildcats will advance to the District IV 2B tournament on Tuesday. Ocosta (6-6, 9-6) will take on Toutle Lake at Pe Ell in the opening round.
“We didn’t play horribly and we finished on a positive note that we hope can carry over into next season,” North Beach head coach Angi Schrieber said. “It was a learning season for both the team and myself. The girls played hard and, at the end of the night, that’s all I can ask.”
Ocosta head coach Barbara Rasmus noted the test North Beach put her team through before the district tournament.
“They were firing bullets for serves tonight,” Ocosta head coach Barbara Rasmus said. “They had a couple of girls who were serving for everything. They were hitting them as hard as they could and they were going in. They’ve improved so much.”
Kami Strode led Ocosta with 11 kills, Kate Christensen added seven kills, Emily Hulbert and Alexis Sweeney eight digs each and Rachel Farmer 11 digs and nine assists. Sweeney was cited for her passing from the back row.
Caitlyn Oberg led North Beach with seven kills, with the entire team cited for their play.