Playing in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest in the 2A District 4 consolation round Saturday afternoon at Lower Columbia Community College, the W.F. West volleyball team fell in three sets to Mark Morris, 25-14, 26-24, 25-23.
Morgan Rogerson had eight kills, and Julia Dalan and Chloe Chloupek each had four. Courtney Jones had 16 digs, and Saige Brindle and Rogerson added five digs each. Savannah Hawkins led the Bearcats with 16 assists.
“We came out a little slow and couldn’t catch up,” Bearcats coach Robert Lucas said. “The next two games had some incredible rallies. Neither team was willing to give up. Even the last point had the ball going back and forth a few times before a hard hit and Courtney making a diving attempt and got a hand on the ball before it hit the ground.
“The girls never gave up and played their hearts out. They left it all on the court. I couldn’t be more proud of how they played all season. We had to be one of the scrappiest teams in quite a few years.”
The Bearcats end their season just one win shy of state after getting knocked out in a district pigtail a year ago. They graduate seniors Rogerson, Jones, Mari Ceesay, Brindle, Hillary White, Hawkins, and Ava Brenner.