North Beach beat Ilwaco, 25-21, 25-13, 28-18

Raymond beat Ilwaco 25-12, 25-15, 25-10

End of season

By PATRICK WEBB

Observer correspondent

Ilwaco volleyball players closed out their season with a three-set loss at Raymond.

Raymond won the Pacific 2B league match, Wednesday, Oct. 28. While the 25-12, 25-15, 25-10 win meant the Seagulls placed second in the district and moved on to the playoffs, the loss meant the end of Ilwaco’s 2015 season.

“Raymond has a solid team and they hit the ball very hard,” said IHS Head Coach Rachelle Ridout. “They had a couple of servers that we couldn’t get a handle on. Our girls played scrappy and never gave up — they had great energy.

“Bre Kondos had a great night, hustling all over the place.”

Kondos was one of four seniors playing their last competitive game in an Ilwaco volleyball uniform. “She is a natural athlete and always puts forth a great effort going for the ball,” said Ridout.

Team captain Abby Bentley continued to impress her coach. “She was a great leader,” said Ridout. “She always led by example and was always positive. She worked hard and always gave 100 percent.”

Allison Bonney contributed to the team as the most consistent server and a solid defensive passer, she added.

Emily McMillan did not play last year when Ridout was assistant coach, but learned quickly and excelled in serving and passing, the coach said. “She’s always very enthusiastic, always fighting for the win and trying to do better than what she did before.”

Earlier, Ilwaco traveled to North Beach Monday, Oct. 26, and lost 25-21, 25-13, 28-18.

The Hyaks had two girls who went into double figures with kills. It was only the second league win of the season for the home team.

Ridout said Bentley, sophomore Madeline Jacobson and junior Elizabeth Kulm all had solid games. “The girls played hard,” she said. Jacobson made five kills and Bentley had three.

Ridout was upbeat summing up the season.

“I feel like the team worked very hard together and were a fun group to coach,” she said. “They were always positive and worked well with each other. They were very classy on the floor.

“We made a lot of improvements, and I am looking forward to working with them in the off season and heading into next year.”

Ridout commended her assistant coach, Allie Friese. “She did a good job,” she said. “She was always positive and full of energy. She definitely was an important part of the program this year.”

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