ILWACO - Ilwaco crunched Castle Rock three games to none to win their second Trico-League volleyball match of the season here Tuesday. The Lady Fishermen edged the Rock 26-24 and 25-22 in the first two games, but trailed 17-22 in game three when Nicole Adams put Ilwaco on the come-back trail with three consecutive kills.
Marissa Janas aced a serve to pull the Lady Fishermen to within 21-23, Adams used two sets from Heather Hocking to drill two more spikes to the floor, producing a tie at 23 all. Ilwaco missed a serve, but Brittney Fox knocked down a point to again tie at 24-24. From there, Katie Hazen set up Hocking for a well-placed shot, but the Lady Rockets eventually took a 26-25 lead.
Mary Margaret Tomberlin served, then spiked a point to earn another tie, but the Rock went ahead 27-26. Hocking cashed in on a drop shot to knot the game for the eleventh time at 27-27. Hazen made an acrobatic save and Adams served the final two Lady Fishermen points and followed by making excellent passes to Hocking who found openings in Castle Rock's defense.
"We played well as a team and stayed very focused," Coach Grant Chinn commented.
Trailing 0-3 in game two, Hazen served eight consecutive points. The Lady Fishermen kept a margin throughout, thanks to the serves, saves, and passing of Janas and Hazen and a timely score from Jenny Bergeson.
The initial game saw Hocking serve the first three points for Ilwaco, but Castle Rock came back to tie the contest on six different occasions. Strong team defense, a minimum of miss hits, and consistent serving caused the Lady Rockets to eventually defuse. Contributions from freshmen, Hazen and Janas, and solid team play from Fox, Hocking, Adams, and Tomberlin gave Ilwaco their second League victory of the season.
In the junior varsity contest Coach Laurie Hazen said, "Amanda Faggard and Becky Graff were impressive and Argelia Mendez served six straight points. Even though we lost 23-25 and 18-25, the girls played very well."
Castle Rock 24 22 27
Ilwaco 26 25 29