ILWACO — The Lady Fishermen kept their hot start going with a four-set victory over North Beach. Ilwaco improved to 5-2 and 2-0 in league play, while the Hyaks fell to 5-3, 1-1.

Ilwaco trailed 11-9 in the first set before going on a 12-0 run, with Sophia Marsh serving 11 straight points. The Hyaks had a tough time reading the serves.

Twice in a span of three points, North Beach defenders just grazed serves that were heading out of bounds, keeping the streak alive. Katie Glasson smashed a kill off a tough dig by Sabrina Lessenden. By the end of the streak, Ilwaco led 21-11, and cruised to the first-set win.

In the second set, the Hyaks had similar difficulty with the serves of Alyssa Marsh. The younger Marsh served seven straight points, including four aces, for a 19-13 lead, putting the Lady Fishermen on their way to another 25-16 win.

The Hyaks stayed alive in the third, going on a 7-0 run of their own for a 20-11 lead and cruising from there.

But Ilwaco maintained a solid lead throughout most of the fourth set. The Fishermen took a 4-3 lead when Kylie Gray forced a diving miss at the sideline for a kill. Tiana Ramsey followed with an ace to an opening in the back corner, and Ilwaco led the rest of the way. Katie Glasson tipped one through the front row to make it 8-5.

Sophia Marsh helped extend the lead midway through the set. She pushed across a soft but well-placed kill, pushing the defender back and giving her a tough play. Marsh then added a kill off the hands and sideways in the front row to make it 18-10. She tapped a spike for the 19-12 lead.

Abby Knopski finished off the match with a kill to the outside of a defender and off her fist.

Ilwaco volleyball sweeps Life Christian

TACOMA — Kylie Gray matched a season-high with eight kills and added six blocks in Ilwaco’s 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Life Christian Thursday, Oct. 10. Ilwaco improved to 3-0 in league play and 6-2 overall. Life Christian fell to 0-7, 0-2 in the Pacific League.

Ilwaco is tied with Willapa Valley atop the Pacific League. They lost to the Vikings in three sets in a September non-league game, but beat them 2-0 at a tournament later in September.

Ilwaco’s league game against Valley will be in Menlo Oct. 28.

Ilwaco visits South Bend (1-7, 1-2) Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and Northwest Christian (Lacey) Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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