NASELLE - The Naselle Comettes volleyball team continued its mastery of the Cathlamet Mules volleyball team, and again, it was anything but easy. For the second time in a week, the Comettes beat the Mules 3-2, this time on the Naselle court Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Naselle win came on game scores of 16-14, 15-7, 10-15, 8-15, and 15-13. Naselle's record improved to 3-2 with the win.
NHS took a 2-0 game advantage, only to see the Mules come back and win the next two games. NHS was able to squeeze through with a two point win in the deciding game giving them the match 3 games to 2.
In game one, the Comettes were able to squeeze out a one point lead at 9-8 after one complete round of servers. But after that, the scoring came slowly - for both teams - as NHS held a 13-10 lead after the second time through the rotation of players. NHS scored one more point, but then could not get the game winner as the Mules came back with four straight points to tie the score at 14. It took the Comettes three more servers to score the last two points but they got those points to earn the 16-14 win in game one.
NHS hit the floor running in game two as Jordan Varila served the first five points, including an ace. When Lucy Rubio opened her serves with an ace and followed with three more scoring serves, the Comettes led 12-5 after one complete team rotation. Varila served another ace as one of her two more service points, to move them within a point of closing the game out. They got that point with reserve Katie Klinger serving as they shut down the Mules 15-7 in game two.
Needing only one game to win the match, it took NHS three games before they could get that elusive third game win as coach Doug Rogers made liberal use of his subs in games three. As a result, the Comettes lost some of their continuity and lost the game
In game three, Naselle trailed 1-6 after one team rotation, and they still trailed 6-12 after the second round of team rotation. NHS closed the gap to 10-12 before the Mules scored the final 3 points for their 15-10 win.
Game four didn't turn out any better for the home team as NHS quickly fell behind 4-9. Naselle was able to claw within four points at 8-12 before the Mules scored the last three points for the 15-12 win. The Mules win evened the match at two games apiece, setting up the crucial game five.
Points came quickly, for both teams, in the initial stages of the deciding game. The Comettes worked themselves into a 10-5 lead on the strength of the six points served by Annie Herrold. However, the Mules came right back to tie at ten, before the Comets chalked up three more points on Abbie Smith's serving, Both teams then went through a scoring drought with the Mules doing the only scoring to bring them into a 13-all tie. With Varila serving, the Comets scored the final two points for the 15-13 game win, and the match three games to two.
Coach Rogers praised Rubio for her play in her first game as setter and he also praised the play of Marijane Mobley, Varila, Smith, and Herrold.
The Naselle JVs beat the young Mules two games to one, by scores of 15-7, 15-7, and 9-15.
The Comettes next volleyball action comes this Thursday, Oct. 3, when the 2A Ilwaco Fishermen come to town. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, NHS travels to Wishkah for a league match.