Bearcats Go Toe-to-Toe With Thunderbirds in Five-Set Loss


Coming off a big five-set victory over rival Centralia Tuesday, W.F. West carried the momentum into Thursday but wasn’t quite able to muster enough to top visiting Tumwater in a five-set defeat (25-22, 22-25, 25-8, 23-25, 15-13) on Tuesday in 2A Evergreen Conference action.

It’s now the fourth match out of nine games the Bearcats have gone to five sets. W.F. West trailed 15-7 in the fourth set and roared back to take the set 25-23 and stay alive.

“Unfortunately, this time, we didn’t come out on top,” W.F. West coach Robert Lucas said. “But it was a solid team effort and a great match. Nothing to hang our heads about.”

On the Bearcats’ best night of serving (90%), Saige Brindle and Morgan Rogerson each served a perfect 23 for 23. Rogerson scorched a team-high five aces.

Middle Anna White recorded an absurd 15 blocks, just one shy of the school single-game record, and added five kills.

“Anna was pretty solid tonight,” Lucas said.

White and Ava Olsen combined for 86 touches at the net as the Bearcats front-row play kept them in it. Olsen added four blocks with no blocking errors and a team-high nine kills.

“We did a really good job of making sure we got hands on the ball when Tumwater was hitting,” Lucas said.

Presley Mishler added six blocks, and Savannah Hawkins and Brindle each tallied 11 assists.

W.F. West (4-5 overall) hosts Black Hills on Thursday.