STEVENSON - Ilwaco volleyball coach, Grant Chinn, said of his team's 3-1 victory over Stevenson there Thursday, "We put the mental and physical parts of the game together and actually dominated play."
The Lady Fishermen dropped the first game 25-20, then came back for a convincing win in game two 25-13. The key to the match was a 26-24 come-from-behind pasting of the Lady Bruins in game three, thanks to a solid team effort and some accurate and strong serving from freshman, Katie Hazen, according to Chinn.
After the third game loss, Stevenson appeared to be tired and frustrated, and the Lady Fishermen piled it on in the final game, 25-9 for the win. Powerful play from hitters, Nicole Adams and Brittney Fox, who combined for 15 kills in the match, kept Ilwaco in control.
Freshman, Marissa Janas (incorrectly identified as Brianna Smith last week), received special praise for her strong serves and solid team play, according to the coach. "We played much better team volleyball, especially the second and fourth games," said Chinn. Heather Hocking continued her outstanding setting and overall athletic play.
A run of serves by Hocking in game two seemed to set the tone for the Lady Fishermen. Mary Margaret Tomberlin also had a long run of serves for points in the final game when Ilwaco took control of the game and the match.
Chinn said of his team's winning effort, "We played up to par our final three games, after doing so-so the first game. All six of our girls contributed in the win."
The Lady Fishermen run their record to 2-4 and after a non-league tilt at Naselle and a tournament in Ocosta, will lace up their sneakers with high hopes for the second half against Trico-League opponents. "Stevenson defeated LaCenter who beat us, so it looks like we have a great opportunity to do well the final round in League," Chinn concluded.
Ilwaco 20 25 26 25
Stevenson 25 13 24 9