Ilwaco girls hang tough vs. Ridgefield but go down to defeat

Ilwaco girls had a difficult time but played creditably against a variety of opponents last week. KEVIN/DEBBIE HEIMBIGNER photo

RIDGEFIELD - It was close all the way, but Ridgefield defeated the Lady Fishermen volleyball team three tightly played games to one there Thursday. "We played Ridgefield tough," a pleased Coach Grant Chinn said of his girl's efforts.

"The first time we played them they beat us badly the first two games and swept us 3-0. We definitely have improved." One reason Ilwaco played well was they didn't let the crowd, the band, or as some observers said, questionable officiating deter them from competing well.

Ilwaco won the first game 25-20, then dropped the next three by scores of 16-25, 22-25, and 21-25. "We showed a great deal of poise," Chinn said. "Our attitudes were great, very encouraging, and we are beginning to jell as a team."

Katie Hazen made several key blocks and Nicole Adams continued her good work as a hitter. Heather Hocking did many things well again, according to Chinn. "Mary Margaret (Tomberlin) had some great 'ups', Brittney (Fox) had her share of kills, and Marissa (Janas) controlled her hitting and attacked their back row much better," Chinn praised.

Ridgefield's attack of back sets and front sets did not confuse Ilwaco. The Lady Fishermen blocked and defended all the Lady Spudders could throw at them, according to Chinn.

In order to assure themselves of a berth in the District IV tournament later this month, Ilwaco must win their final four matches. A loss would not necessarily eliminate the Lady Fishermen, depending on what Castle Rock and LaCenter do in the mean time. Ilwaco hosts the Lady Rockets Tuesday and meets the Lady Wildcats Thursday, also at home.

The Junior Varsity, coached by Laurie Hazen, played probably their finest match of the season. Chinn said Argie Mendez, Laura Herbold, and Racheal Zimmerman all played 'tremendously' against the Lady Spudders JV's, despite dropping the match one game to two.

Ilwaco 25 16 22 21

Ridgefield 20 25 25 25

Woodland sweeps Ilwaco 3-0

ILWACO - Woodland swept past Ilwaco three volleyball games to zero at Aase Gymnasium Tuesday, though the Lady Fishermen played the Trico-League leaders evenly for most of the first two games.

Coming in to the contest sky high, Ilwaco took an early 2-0 lead thanks to Mary Margaret Tomberlin's spiking and the serving of Heather Hocking. The Lady Beavers made a run to take a 6-2 lead and stretched it to 15-6 over Ilwaco.

Hocking and Nicole Adams placed bumps and hit to spark the Lady Fishermen to within striking distance at 12-17. "Our team played some of their best volleyball of the season to get close to Woodland," Coach Grant Chinn said.

The Lady Beavers again took charge, however, and won game one going away by a score of 25-13. In game two, Woodland's momentum and powerful play carried them to a 4-1 lead. Again Hocking and Katie Hazen made excellent serves and helped Ilwaco to a 6-6 tie and later to a 9-7 lead.

Hazen made a brilliant save during the run and the hitting of Adams and Brittney Fox off Hocking sets was instrumental in Ilwaco going ahead in game two. After a Woodland time out, in which they were told to adjust the angle of their hitting, the Lady Beavers took a 15-10 lead, only to have Ilwaco close to within 14-15.

From that point, Woodland's Breanne Cochran took over, slamming eight kills as her team ran off 10 consecutive points for the victory in game two, 25-14. Game three was more of the same, as the Lady Beavers dominated play 25-7. Hazen's serving and Hocking's saves and blocks were the only highlights of a low-scoring game against the league leaders.

Woodland 25 25 25

Ilwaco 13 14 7

Lady Fishermen 4th in 8-team invite

OCOSTA - The Lady Fishermen volleyball finished a credible fourth place in the eight-team Ocosta Invitational tournament, Saturday, Oct. 5. Ilwaco defeated Willapa Valley, Winlock, and North Beach in pool play.

Setter and standout player, Heather Hocking was unable to play in tournament play against powerful South Bend. "Katie Hazen stepped up and did well as setter for us," Coach Grant Chinn said. "She was a bit nervous at first, which can be expected of a freshman, but she did well against a very strong volleyball team."

South Bend swept the Lady Fishermen 2-0 and knocked them to the battle for third and fourth place against Cascade Christian. Cascade had trounced Ilwaco in pool play 15-7, but the Lady Fishermen came back to almost take them, losing the final game 14-16.

"The tournament helped our team's togetherness. We're going to get involved with a couple of more tournaments next year," Chinn concluded.

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