NASELLE - Two of the games went into volleyball's equivalent of overtime as the Naselle Comettes swept the class 2A Ilwaco Fishermen 3-0 in a non league volleyball match played in Naselle Thursday, Oct. 3. The hard-fought Naselle win came on game scores of 16-14, 17-15 and 15-11. The win improved the NHS record to 4-2 for the season.
The first game was as tight as one could hope for as the lead changed hands three times. NHS scored points in spurts in the early going as they tallied seven points while holding the Fishermen to four. NHS then added to its lead with three points while Annie Herrold was serving for a 10-4 lead. Ilwaco then began its comeback, scoring points while Naselle was going scoreless. The Fishermen took a 13-10 lead.
NHS tied the game at 13-13 as Herrold opened her second serving turn with an ace and NHS added two more points during her serve for the tie. Ilwaco got the serve back and scored its 14th point, to come within one point of the win. The Comettes had other ideas and, after the third change of serve, scored the final three points behind the serving of Abbie Smith, for the 16-14 win.
Game one was but a preview of game two as the lead changed hands seven times and was tied twice as the teams battled for control. Coach Doug Rogers used three new players during the game and each of the newcomers joined in with the regulars in keeping the game score tight.
Defense dominated the early going and the Fishermen led 4-2 after the completion of the first complete team rotation. The Comettes battled back and worked their way to an 8-5 lead, lost that lead to Ilwaco at 9-8, only to rally for a 10-9 lead at the end of the second team rotation.
IHS again took the lead at 12-10 as NHS went through four different servers before they scored again. Naselle finally tied the game at 12, only to see Ilwaco take the 14-12 lead to again come within a point of the win. However, the Comettes again forced a tie at 14-14.
Ilwaco, after scoring point 15, was again within a point of winning the game. Again, NHS came back and this time scored the final three points behind the serves of Lucy Rubio. Those three points gave Naselle the "W" in game two 17-15.
After the first two games each required extra points for the two Naselle wins, game three was not quite as tight. NHS jumped out to a 9-5 lead, as Dawn Herman had a perfect serving game (seven for seven), only to see Ilwaco come back with four straight points for the tie. The Fishermen then took the lead at 11-10.
The Comettes came right back and scored three points with Rubio getting two of the points on aces. Leading 13-11, NHS got the serve back and Varila aced her first serve and then served the game and match point on her second serve as the Comettes won game three 15-11 The win gave NHS the match by a score of 3-0.
NHS coach Rogers praised the play of setter Jordan Varila, hitters Tiffany Pauly, Abbie Smith and Annie Herrold and the all around play of Dawn Herman.
Ilwaco coach Grant Chinn said of his girls, "We played very hard and had one of our better matches overall. We have improved and with a break here or there could have come out on top against a good team."
For the Lady Fishermen, Brittney Fox provided timely spikes and improved net play. Mary Margaret Tomberlin had one of her better matches, both as a hitter and at saving countless points with her hustle. Heather Hocking and Nicole Adams used their athleticism to keep Ilwaco in each of the games.
Steady performances from freshmen, Katie Hazen and Marissa Janas and excellent serving from both helped the Lady Fishermen stay nip and tuck with Naselle during the intensely played match.
The Lady Fishermen, used to using rally-scoring in the Trico-League, had to adjust to the conventional scoring used for this contest. "It took a little getting used to, I like the faster pace of rally scoring," junior, Nicole Adams said, and coach Chinn agreed.
The Naselle JVs beat the Ilwaco JVs 15-3, 15-3 and 15-5. The Comettes C-squad split with the Knappa "Cs" 15-12 and 7-15 in a preliminary match.
NHS opened their league season last night, Tuesday, at Wishkah. They entertain Mary M. Knight in a league match this Thursday.