Tuesday’s Prep Volleyball: W.F. West Bests Warriors on Senior Night
By The Chronicle
The Bearcats dropped one set at home on Tuesday but recovered in time to secure a 3-1 victory over Rochester in 2A Evergreen Conference volleyball action.
W.F. West won the first set 25-16, before dropping the second set in extra points, 26-24. The Bearcats took the next two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-21 to claim the game, which doubled as senior night for the home team.
“We were switching up some lineups and giving people different looks on the court. We were able to get everybody some play time,” said W.F. West coach Emily Mora.
Mak Moore led the Bearcats with 11 kills and 15 digs. Megan Pallas also turned in 15 digs and Kailey Hoyt dished 23 assists.
The Bearcats roster features five seniors this season, including Moore, Pallas, Hoyt, Haley Senderak, and Noelle Roberts.
“The seniors have done a fantastic job of leading us this season,” Mora said.
Rochester’s on-court effort was paced by Paige Winter who tallied six kills and an all-time school record of six stuff blocks.
“That’s definitely something to brag about. She’s on fire,” said Rochester coach Wendy Hawes.
Lexie-Jones Sederberg added 19 digs, five kills and two aces while playing solid serve-receive defense for the Warriors.
“We had a good game. We took the second set from them and almost took the fourth,. We had the lead. We were on track, we just made a couple key hitting errors and our defense was not picking up the tips they were laying down,” said Hawes. “They played so much better than when they were at our house. We know what we’ve got to do, we just weren’t able to execute.”
Rochester (6-8, 2-7 league) will host Aberdeen on Thursday. A win in that game would clinch the fourth and final spot to the district tournament.
Meanwhile, W.F. West (9-3, 5-3 league) will play at Centralia on Thursday.
“The rivalry game is always fun. It’s always great to see people in our community come out and support volleyball,” said Mora.
T-Birds Sweep Tigers
TUMWATER — The Thunderbirds showed no mercy to Centralia here Tuesday night as they swept the Tigers aside in a 2A Evergreen Conference volleyball match. Tumwater took those sets by scores of 25-6, 25-15, 25-8.
“We had a nice warm up before the game and then we just came out in the first set very flat and we just couldn’t compete,” said Centralia coach Marti Smith. “In that second set we were right there with them for the majority of it but then we had some mental mistakes and against a team like Tumwater you can’t have mental mistakes. It’s just too hard to recover from, but I really liked our energy in that second set.”
Kylie Sharp led Centralia with 10 digs and Jayden Hawley added nine digs. Madelinn Corwin posted four kills, and as a team the Tigers were perfect from the service stripe.
Smith had additional kudos to distribute to Jaelyn Friberg, a 5’5” setter.
“I’ve been really pleased with her the last few matches. She’s one of our seniors and she’s actually been playing stronger. I’ve just really been pleased with her effort at the setter position.”
Smith added that she is optimistic that her team will find fresh energy later this week when they welcome W.F. West for senior night in their season finale.
“You always get up for a rivalry match. I think more so is that we’ve got our senior night and we are focused on honoring our seniors and just giving it our all for them. They are very deserving seniors,” said Smith.
Centralia (0-12, 0-8 league) will host W.F. West on Thursday.