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College Volleyball: Centralia’s Comeback Falls Short Against Highline

Images from a NWAC West Region volleyball match between Centralia and Highline at Centralia College on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

By The Chronicle
Centralia battled for four sets with Highline, with the Blazers falling 3-1 in a NWAC West Region volleyball match in Centralia on Wednesday.
“I think we played really good. We just lost a little focus when it really got tight,” Centralia coach Susan Gordon said. “I felt we played well. There were just little things we let go.”
Centralia won the first set, 25-22. Highline rebounded in the second set with a 25-21 set win, and the Thunderbirds took the third set 25-21.
Highline built a lead in the fourth set, but the Blazers chipped away at the advantage and closed the gap, with each team trading points. Highline persevered and was able to win the set 26-24 to close out the match.
“This is a team that never gives up, they go and they go and they push as hard as they can. They don’t back down from anyone,” Gordon said. “In a game like tonight, we just have to get over that little hump. They played well, they do not give up.”
Autumn Durand led the Blazers with 17 kills and added 10 assists, 15 digs and four blocks. Peyton Timmons recorded a team-high 32 assists and 13 digs. Kary Sathre chipped in 11 digs and Alexus Howard-Johnson had 10 kills.
The loss makes the last four games even more important for Centralia (21-11, 5-5 region). The Blazers are two games back of Grays Harbor for the fourth and final spot to qualify for the postseason.
“We talked about it beforehand, this is a big game, one that we really needed to win to push us over the top and tie them for fourth place,” Gordon said. “We still have to take care of those games. But a lot is going to play out, so we have to win the games that are left.”

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