By AARON MEAD
NASELLE — The Comets lost the opening point on a hit that went long, but everything went right after that against the Washington State School for the Deaf on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Naselle scored eighteen of the next nineteen points on their way to a 25-5, 25-5, 25-19 win. Thirty-five of their 75 points came on aces.
Lilly Harman put together a string of aces to quickly build a lead. Taylor Gudmundsen’s kill right on the sideline on a set from Darian Jacot was the Comets’ thirteenth straight point for a 13-1 lead. The Comets stretched their lead to 18-2 and 21-3 and won the set 25-5.
Hailey Weston served the Comets to a 7-0 lead in the second set, poking holes in the Terrier defense. She finished with a team-high eight aces. The Comets went deep into their bench; Freshman Holly Haataia had her first career kill, and then Emma Colombo’s ace made it 9-1.
The third set was closer. Naselle jumped ahead 5-2. Then a tough dig on a ball just as it was hitting the floor led to a Terrier point, getting the Terriers on a bit of a roll. They took a 9-7 lead, and stayed in it at 14-12. Holly Disch slammed a kill to the corner, then followed with another score on a give-and-go with Jacot, extending the lead 19-13. Kenzie Glenn’s kill on a set from Gudmundsen closed out the match.
Sophie Scrabeck led the Comets with five kills in only six attempts.
Hailey Weston had a career-best game with nine kills and eight digs as Naselle beat Columbia Adventist 25-11, 25-18, 25-15 in Battle Ground on Sept. 28. Holly Disch led the Comets with 10 kills.
Darian Jacot continued her strong play since joining Taylor Gudmundson as a setter in the 6-2 offense. She led the team in assists (12) for the first time since the opener, when she was an injury fill-in for Gudmundson in a 5-1 system. Gudmundson filled the stat sheet from the front and back rows with eight assists, five kills, five digs and three blocks.
Libero Lily Harman contributed 12 digs. Sophie Scrabeck had a big all-around game with seven digs, five kills and a team-high seven aces.