Thursday’s 2A Volleyball: Back to Back Losses Brings Bearcats Season to an End
By The Chronicle
HOCKINSON — W.F. West dropped games to Woodland and Washougal here Thursday in the 2A District IV crossover playoffs and saw their season come to an untimely close.
“Both of them are quality opponents. Obviously we would have liked it to go the other way,” said W.F. West coach Emily Mora. “I thought we would have gone farther this year but when you get to districts it’s a whole different thing.”
Woodland took the first game of the day in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-17, and 25-16.
Mak Moore posted seven kills and two aces in that contest while Ashlyn Whalen added 15 digs and Paytton Crawford dished 12 assists.
In the loser-out match later in the day the Bearcats dropped the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-12 before coming back to take the third set 25-22. However, the fourth set went in the Panthers favor 25-15 as the curtain fell for good on W.F. West.
In that season ending effort Moore posted 13 kills, Whalen notched seven digs and Crawford had 25 assists. Kailey Hoyt recorded three stuff blocks.
Mora noted it was encouraging to see her team rebound to win the third set of the Washougal game with their season on the line.
“It’s always good to see them work hard,” said Mora. “I mean we knew we could do it, it’s just that things weren’t going our way and we were struggling to find our rhythm on offense.”
Mora added that “it’s always sad to see a season end,” and note the contributions of the team’s five senior players.
“They all had a huge impact in our program,” said Mora of seniors Haley Senderak, Megan Pallas, Noelle Roberts, Moore and Hoyt.
W.F. West finishes their season with an overall record of 11-5.