ADNA — Faring well against traditionally strong Central League opponents, South Bend placed second in the Adna Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday.
After winding up second in its pool, the Indians upended host Adna, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11, in the semifinals. Makenzie Russell had five kills and six blocks, Emily Sanchez four kills and eight digs and Katlyn Sawyer four kills for the Indians. Saywer and Myranda Curtis had 100 percent serving performances, with Curtis also cited for setting.
Seton Catholic, a Vancouver school that jumped from the 1B to the 1A classification this season, edged the Indians, 26-24, 25-22, in a hard-fought championship match.
“They seemed to be a little bigger and stronger and we seemed to run out of gas,” South Bend coach Jackie Sanchez said
Curtis was again commended for setting. Sawyer and Russell led Tribe hitters with five and four kills, respectively. Emily Sanchez had 11 digs, while Kathryn Staats was cited for 100 percent serving.
Coach Sanchez utilized all 11 of her varsity members throughout the tournament and said all showed improvement as the day progressed.
“It was a hard day of volleyball,” she said. “There were some great teams and our kids responded really well to the competition.”
Willapa Valley failed to make the championship semifinals. The Vikings will visit South Bend when Pacific League play resumes Monday.
Knights 66, Elks 64
AMANDA PARK — Jay Becker threw a game-tying 53-yard touchdown pass with 2:47 remaining and King’s Way Christian made the 2-point conversion to complete a dramatic comeback against Lake Quinault in Coastal League play on Saturday.
The Elks led 42-18 after one quarter and 64-50 following Orlando Gonzalez’s 4-yard touchdown run early in the final stanza.
King’s Way reduced the margin to six with a TD and conversion at the 6 1/2 minute mark.
Following the concluding touchdown and conversion, the Elks drove into Knight territory on Pablo Aguilar’s 32-yard run, but ended up losing the ball on downs.
In retrospect, the pivotal quarter probably was the second.
The Elks scored four times — on Aguilar’s 55-yard run, Kobe Kalama’s 58-yard run, Aguilar’s 54-yard fumble return and Richy Carlile’s 60-yard run— in the final 3:46 of the first quarter to own the aforementioned 42-18 lead.
King’s Way, however, used Becker’s passing to wipe out that deficit in the second quarter alone and grab a 50-42 halftime lead.
The Elks (1-5) regained the advantage on Carlile’s 38-yard TD run and Kalama’s 1-yard scoring keeper in the third quarter. Kalama had also scored on a 28-yard run and Dalton Lines on a 4-yard run in the first period.
“It was night and day,” Quinault coach Darwin Sharrah affirmed. “We came out in the first quarter and the plan was to run the ball and utilize the speed and we did exactly that. In the second quarter, they went to the air. The coverage was there (but) the guys were playing the ball, not the receiver, and it cost us big plays.”
Kalama took over at quarterback, with erstwhile QB Lines shifting to running back and tight end. Those two, plus Aguilar and Carlile, were cited for their offensive contributions. Sharrah cited the defensive performances of Carlile, Tyler Colton and Austin Peters.
The Elks host Oakville on Saturday.
District 2A Tourney
LONGVIEW — After opening with an upset victory, Aberdeen’s Dillon Rowe lost three successive matches and bowed out of the District IV Class 2A Singles Tournament at the Mint Valley club in Longview.
Rowe upended Mark Morris’ Riko Kusakable, 6-4, 6-1, in Friday’s opening round, but fell to Tumwater’s Zach Drake, 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Needing to win two matches today to earn a state berth, he lost to Capital’s Travis Miller, 7-5, 6-2, and dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to Mark Morris’ Grant Avalon in a match to determine a potential state alternate’s berth.
The top three finishers advanced to state next spring. Since precise state allotments won’t be determined until spring, district officials were hoping that the fourth-place finisher would also qualify.
Rowe, a senior, closed out his prep tennis career at the tournament.
“He’s been a great teammate and done a lot for Aberdeen tennis,” Bobcat coach Andy Duffy said. “I’d like to congratulate him on his career. It’s too bad it didn’t work out better for him (this weekend), but it was great to have him on the team.”