2B Volleyball: Tigers, Cardinals, Pirates, Indians Advance to Quarterfinals

CLUTCH: Winlock, One of Four Teams Moving On in Districts, Played its First Playoff Game in 16 Years


Kill-machine Haily Murray unleashed a game-high 12 kills and three block kills as Napavine swept Chief Leschi (25-18, 25-8, 25-13) in the opening round of the 2B Girls Volleyball District IV Tournament at home Saturday.

“It’s always good to get a win,” Napavine coach Monica Dailey said. “I don’t think we plyed to our full potential; to our pace.”

Rae Sisson added a team-high 15 assists for the Tigers, while Sydney Purvis notched seven aces, freshman Keira O’Neill added six kills and two block kills and Vannie Fagerness had a perfect night on serve receive.

“Our serving was really good,” Dailey said. “The girls did a good job hitting spots.”

Napavine improves to 8-3 overall and now hosts Forks (6-2), the Pacific 2B League’s second seed, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the district quarterfinals.

Cardinals Notch Historic Win

Playing in their first district tournament in 16 years, since 2005, was enough to get Winlock pumped up for its opening-round matchup against South Bend. But upsetting the Pacific 2B League’s top-seeded Indians in four sets (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21) was the cherry on top.

“We’re more than excited, we’re thrilled,” Winlock coach Chastity Pennington said. “It’s obvious they were hungry for that win.”

Kaitlynn Mitchell pumped in 20 points on serving for the Cardinals while Addison Hall led with a game-high 24 kills and powerhouse junior Madison Vigre dominated the net with a game-high 10 blocked shots.

“Their focus was at a level where they can see it now,” Pennington said of her entire team. “It’s clear. They’re getting the idea of a smart game. It’s awesome to watch. South Bend came to play as well. It was a great competition.”

It’s a rewarding victory for a Cardinals team that started out the season with five-straight losses. Winlock snapped that losing streak with a run of three-consecutive victories, then ended the regular season with back-to-back losses.

Now the eighth-seeded Cards (4-7) get a shot at redemption when they travel to fourth-seeded Adna (8-4) in the quarterfinal round at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.  

Pirates Triumph Over NWC

Adna took care of business at home Saturday, dousing Northwest Christian (Lacey) in straight sets (25-12, 27-25, 25-22) in the opening round of the District IV tournament.

Madison Fay led the Pirates with a team-high nine kills, while Allie Davis added six kills and Brooklyn Loose scored five aces in the first set while serving nine-straight points. Emma Eko was commended by coach Wendie Dotson for her defensive performance and keeping balls off the ground.

“Northwest Christian played stronger than I thought,” Dotson said. “They hustled. We have to keep playing our game and pushing forward every game.”

The fourth-seeded Pirates improve to 8-4 overall and host league foe and eighth-seeded Winlock (4-7) in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.  

T-Wolves Eliminated by Chinooks

Morton-White Pass got the unlucky draw of playing the undefeated 2B Central League champion, Kalama, in the opening round of the district playoffs Saturday. The results were as expected, with Kalama winning in straight sets (25-4, 25-14, 25-17).

It was a decent showing in the second and third sets for the Timberwolves, facing a Chinooks team that hasn’t lost a single set all season.

It’s been a whirlwind for the last couple days for the Timberwolves, who were awarded a spot in the playoffs after Pacific 2B League champion Raymond was forced to withdraw from the tourney before it started, which gave the 2CBL an extra playoff spot. That, coupled with Onalaska’s victory over winless Stevenson Thursday, broke a three-way tie and punched MWP’s ticket to the playoffs. The Timberwolves end the year with a 1-10 overall record. 

Indians Sweep Ocosta

Red-hot Toledo extended its win streak to five games with a sweep of Ocosta (25-12, 25-23, 25-9) in the opening round of the District IV tournament Saturday in Grayland.

Kate Demery led the Indians with a season-high 15 kills, while Brynn Williams notched a game-high 11 aces.

“We had a couple mental letdowns in the second set,” Toledo coach Candace Maier said. “Other than that, it went really well. I’m happy with their play.”

Toledo (7-5), the No. 5 seed out of the 2B Central League, has now won six of its last seven and advances to play undefeated 2BCL champion Kalama (10-0) in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Loggers Eliminated in Sweep

Onalaska couldn’t keep its magic going in a sweeping loss (25-9, 25-10, 25-11) to Toutle Lake on the road Saturday in the district opener.

The Loggers earned themselves a spot at districts on Thursday, beating Stevenson to break what would have been a three-way tie with the Bulldogs and Morton-White Pass. Instead, their victory gave them the No. 9 seed. Unfortunately, that meant playing second-seeded Toutle Lake (11-2). Onalaska ends its season with a 3-11 record.

Mountaineers Dropped by Forks

In what has become the notorious hours-long bus ride up the remote Route 101 to Forks did not fare well for Rainier on Saturday as the Mountaineers fell in straight sets to the second-seeded Spartans in the opening round of the district playoffs.

The seventh-seeded Mounties end the season with a 4-8 overall record.