Bearcats Complete Clutch Five-Set Comeback Over Shelton


Trailing 9-4 in the fifth set, W.F. West and Shelton had a back-and-forth rally with the Bearcats coming out on top, which fueled a come-from-behind victory for the Bearcats (25-21 25-19, 19-25, 11-25, 16-14) at home on Tuesday in 2A Evergreen Conference action.

“It was amazing,” W.F. West coach Robert Lucas said of the rally and comeback. “Both teams were scrapping for it. We were finally able to win it and that’s what sparked it for us.”

It was a rewarding win for the Bearcats, who have now won two matches in a row after starting off the season 1-4 overall. It was also the first time this season the entire varsity roster was active and able to play.

“It felt nice to have the team back,” Lucas said. “I know it’s going to sound corny, but this is a team; a team that builds each other up, whether they’re on the bench or on the court.”

Senior middle blocker Anna White led the Bearcats attack against the Highclimbers with a team-high 11 kills, while Ava Olsen and Maggie Busse each had eight and Amelie Etue had seven.

Busse also finished with a team-high 57 digs, Kambriah Simper collected 51 digs, setter Savannah Hawkins collected a team-high 19 assists and fellow setter Saige Brindle finished with 14 assists.

The Bearcats (3-4, 2-2 league) are off until Tuesday, Oct. 12, when they host rival Centralia in the annual Swamp Cup at 7 p.m.