2A Volleyball: T-Birds Cruise Past Tigers; Wolves Handle Bearcats

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Alyssa Duncan smashed 14 kills and Tumwater took down Centralia in straight sets (25-16, 25-17 25-14) on the road Tuesday in 2A Evergreen Conference play.

Kira Turcotte added a game-high 18 digs, Brooklynn Hayes had 16 digs and Bella Burney contributed eight kills and a block as the T-Birds stymied the Tigers in all three sets.

“After getting swept by Centralia last year, we came out strong and ready to play,” Tumwater coach Jordan Stray said. “The girls did a nice job supporting each other.”

Ella Wyrick had four aces and 10 digs for the Thunderbirds, while Emily Robello chipped in 12 assists and Sydney Hanson had 13 assists.

Centralia coach Marti Smith said in the team’s three league games this season, Tuesday’s match was the best energy the Tigers have brought.

“I can walk away feeling good about where we’re headed,” Smith said.

Setter Peyton Smith was 13 for 13 serving with three aces, 13 assists and six digs. Jadyn Hawley added 13 digs, Makayla Chavez had three kills and a block, Evie Rooklidge contributed a team-high 15 digs and Tatum Johnston chipped in four kills and a block. The Tigers served 100% as a team.

“Peyton did a nice job distributing the ball to different hitters,” Smith said. “She ran the 5-1 offense on her own and I thought she covered well. I’m really pleased with the effort from everyone. All contributed positively. That’s what we strive for.”

Centralia (0-3, 0-3 league) hosts Aberdeen on Thursday. Tumwater (5-1 overall) travels to Shelton on Thursday.

Wolves Handle Bearcats

W.F. West found no counter to Black Hills’ offense, falling in straight sets (25-19, 25-10, 25-9) on the road Tuesday in 2A EvCo action.

Black Hills senior Olivia Hisaw torched 10 aces, while senior Raeven Medwynter added eight digs. Junior Ava Bauer had eight kills on 15 swings, and junior Emerson Sims  tallied eight kills on 13 swings.

"It was an all-around solid team performance in all phases of our game," Black Hills coach Paige Walker said. "We were tough from the ersvice line, attacked aggressively and also passed well as a group. This is a much improved team."

The Bearcats were led by Morgan Rogerson's five kills, Savannah Hawkins had four aces and Maggie Busse and Ava Olsen were praised for their hitting by coach Robert Lucas.

“Black Hills adjusted really well to what we were doing,” Lucas said. “Conversely, we did not. We had our moments. Our net play was OK. Now we know what we need to work on. The attitudes were good.”

W.F. West (1-4, 0-2 league) travels to Aberdeen on Thursday.