In Ocean Beach-North Beach battle, IHS prevails

Ebby McMullen dug and passed to Faith Simonson, while Alayna Marsh and Madeline Jacobson prepared for Simonson's set.

OCEAN SHORES — Strong serving helped Ilwaco to a lopsided win over North Beach, 25-14, 25-14, 25-11 on Oct. 19. The Fishermen improved to 3-4 in league play, tied for fifth place, while the Hyaks fell to 1-5.

Ilwaco took a big early lead with the help of some miscommunication by North Beach. Alayna Marsh and Makenzie Kaech extended the lead. Marsh served four straight points, two aces, while Kaech had three kills in a span of five points, extending the lead to 17-6. Madeline Jacobson hit one hard at the ankles to finish off the set.

Toward the end of the second set, Jamie Patana devastated North Beach with her high-flying jump serve. Getting high enough in the air that she didn’t need to arc the ball, Patana produced overpowering velocity for three aces in a row.

Patana dominated serving again in the final set, extending a 10-5 lead to 15-5. Ebby McMullen soared toward the net for a kill to make it 19-9, and North Beach never came any closer.

ILWACO — First-place Life Christian beat Ilwaco 25-9, 25-19, 25-22 on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The Eagles, who were 6-0 at week’s end, overwhelmed the Fishermen at first. However, Ilwaco played some of its best volleyball of the year in the third set. The Fishermen defense fought off powerful hits from Madison Boles and other Eagle stars, with Ebby McMullen making tough digs in the back row and Madeline Jacobson challenging Boles at the net. Ilwaco led the third set most of the way, but Life Christian came back to complete the sweep.

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