Napavine Sneaks Past Pe Ell


Playing for the second time this week, Napavine was able to beat Pe Ell again in a four-set win, 21-25, 25-22, 28-26, 25-18, Thursday.

The Tigers (4-8, 1-5 league) got through some rotation errors, and lots of missed serves, to get their fourth victory of the season at home. Tigers coach Monica Dailey said that rotation issues were completely uncharacteristic of her team, especially at home.

“There was a lot of chaos, especially in that third set,” she said. “I’m proud of the girls for digging in and fighting through. They did well in a lot of other areas tonight.”

The Tigers defense came to play once again, with five players recording double-digit digs. Three players had double-doubles, and everyone contributed in a big way to overcome those procedural mistakes.

Avery Schutz had 22 assists to go along with 10 digs, Jesse McCoy had 11 assists to go along with 10 digs, and Grace Gall had 10 kills and 28 digs for the Tigers’ double-doubles. Emily Kang once again dug up balls left and right, notching 45 for the game in what has become standard for the freshman.

Nikki Ahmann had 19 digs, and Keira O’Neill had 12 kills. Middle Anna Thompson and reserve Eden Engel also finished with four kills apiece.

The Tigers will look to build off this win against Toledo next week on Tuesday as they return to league play.