MENLO — The Valley Lady Vikings had a shot at securing a playoff spot and did just that with a 3-0 Pacific League victory over the Comets in Menlo Oct. 15.

The first set went 25-19 in favor of Valley, before the Vikings won the second 25-13 and the third 25-8 in a runaway victory. “I have to say we just didn’t show up to play tonight. There isn’t much else to say,” coach Kim Eaton stated.

Abbey DaVall and Marisa Woods each had two kills and Kayti Nelson, Taylor Eaton, Kendra Leeland, Ellie Chapman and Breanna Smith had one kill each. Haley Pine dished out five assists and Eaton passed for three.

Eaton, Leeland and Nelson were the top serve-receive players. One bright spot was the Comets’ 93 percent service success. Nelson, Eaton, Karianne Condon, Smith, Chapman and DaVall all served 100 percent for Naselle.

Brooke Spoor topped Valley at the net with five kills and five blocks and Karli Friese had four digs and was excellent in passing. Emily Fluke and Baylee Layman served 100 percent for the Lady Vikings.

Naselle lost the junior varsity match 25-14, 25-20 and 15-10, but they downed the Lady Vikings C-squad 25-14 and 26-24. Naselle’s varsity is now 0-8 in league play and 4-9 on the year including tournament matches, while Valley is 6-2 in the Pacific and 7-2 for the year.

Naselle 19 13 8

Valley 25 25 25

Naselle battles top-notch Lady Navigators, but falls 3-1

NASELLE — For just the second time this season, Northwest Christian lost a game when the Comets defeated the Lacey private school 25-23 in the second set. The Lady Navigators roared back to win the match 3-1, topping Naselle 25-19, 25-4 and 25-15 to remain undefeated.

“Haley Pine did a great job of hustling, digging out of the net and setting. Kendra Leeland and Kayti Nelson did an outstanding job of hitting and Marisa Woods and Abbey DaVall had some really smart plays and read the court well and placed the ball well,” coach Kim Eaton said.

The girls from Lacey were not hitting as they did in their home match three weeks earlier and the Comets gained momentum and took advantage of NWC’s slow start. The Comets had a legitimate shot at winning the initial set, as well, but service misses were a bugaboo for the team. Naselle was not able to take advantage of some key opportunities when serves went into the net or down one sideline or the other.

“Northwest Christian regrouped and they came at us strong in the third set. We did not respond as positively,” coach Eaton said. “The girls played hard and kept fighting in the fourth set. Everyone contributed and was loud and supportive of each other, which helped our play a lot.”

Leeland had a varsity career-high 10 kills and Kayti Nelson added six. Abbey DaVall had four kills, Taylor Eaton, Haley Pine and Marissa Woods two each and Abbie Eaton and Emily Ashe had one kill apiece. Taylor Eaton and Pine both dished out nine assists.

Taylor Eaton, Nelson, Leeland and Breanna Smith topped Naselle in serve-receive execution and Nelson and DaVall served 100 percent. Naselle’s junior varsity lost 25-20 and 25-17 in a pair of competitive sets.

NWC is now 9-0 in league play and Naselle is 0-9.

NWC 25 23 25 25

Naselle 19 25 4 15

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