Mossyrock won its second straight game with a four-set road victory (23-25, 25-1, 25-15, 25-12) over Pe Ell on Tuesday. The Vikings move to 11-1 overall with the win and are back on track after falling in five sets to Toutle Lake on Saturday.
“We see this a lot,” Mossyrock coach Alex Nelson said. “Teams come out and play us well in the first set. We played really well and hit the ball hard, but Pe Ell was digging everything. Pe Ell had a great game. They definitely deserved that first one. After that, we were all business.”
Paige Houghtelling led the Vikings attack with a team-high seven kills and two blocks, while Payton Torrey added six kills and five aces and Emily Edgar four kills and seven aces. Senior Gracie Lovan had a team-high three digs and Morgan Houghtelling notched a game-high nine aces. The Vikings tallied 20 total aces as a team.
Pe Ell fell to 0-9 overall and 0-8 in league play with the loss. The Trojans were led by Allie Engle’s zero errors at the net to go with two kills, two blocks and three digs. Sadie Howard added a team-high 10 digs, while Payton Peterson was 100% passing and Charlie Carper was 100% serving and notched her first varsity kill.
“When we went to their house, every ball was hitting the floor,” Pe Ell coach Holly Briggs said. “This time, it was rally, rally, rally. They played hard. We had to do a lot of mixing around and I’m very proud of them.”
Pe Ell hosts Willapa Valley on Thursday for a senior-night rivalry game. Mossyrock wraps up the regular season with a non-league match against Adna on Thursday, then hosts the opening game of the playoffs on March 16. The winner will move to the district tournament in Oakville.