VANCOUVER — King’s Way Academy had it their way throughout the Trico 1A League volleyball match in Vancouver Oct. 12, winning 25-3, 25-5 and 25-11 over Ilwaco.

“They are by far the best volleyball team we have faced so far. They hit harder, have a nice offensive set and even though they have lost to La Center twice, they are the best team we’ve played,” coach Eric Cummins said.

“Much to our credit, the girls did not get demoralized and they kept their positive attitude and battled as well as we have all season. We were physically overmatched, but the girls kept up their positive effort,” Cummins said.

Hannah Ellsworth led Ilwaco in kills and Jasmine Coffin in blocks. Lorna Cummins and Adrian Johnson were tops in assists in the Lady Fishermen’s new 6-2 offensive scheme. Noelle McPhail and Jennifer Navarre racked up a brace of digs and Rachel Thrasher was stellar in the front row by getting tips from dinks and playing well defensively. Franzi Feil played an exceptionally aggressive match.

For King’s Way, Tiffany Hansen dished out 15 assists and had three digs, Andrea Demlow hit for six kills and six aces, Dianne Walter slammed nine kills and Jasmine Nesbitt and Hannah Snyder both had four kills apiece.

Ilwaco varsity is now 0-9 in league play and 0-10 on the season, while King’s Way improves to 6-2 in the Trico League. The junior varsity lost 25-7, 25-17 and 17-11 and Taylor Adams was credited with several kills in the match.

Ilwaco 3 5 11

King’s Way 25 25 25

Slow start lifts Lady Bulldogs to 3-0 volleyball victory over Ilwaco

STEVENSON — The Lady Fishermen’s woes of starting slowly continued as they lost the first two sets to Stevenson 25-7 and 25-10, but came much closer in the third set before losing 25-15 in a Trico 1A League volleyball match up the Columbia River Gorge Oct. 8.

“It was a long trip, but we weren’t there very long,” Ilwaco coach Eric Cummins lamented. “We have talked about starting fast, we have worked on it in practice, but for some reason we couldn’t score early and came out cold. That has been our goal the past several matches, to get off to a fast start, but once again we had too many unforced errors and couldn’t seem to put the ball away to score.”

Jasmine Coffin and Abigail Bentley did get their sea legs under them to lead the Lady Fishermen in blocks and Hannah Ellsworth had several strong kills according to coach Cummins.

Lorna Cummins and Jennifer Navarre came off the bench to get to several digs and Franzi Feil played a nice front row the coach explained. Darian Johnson once again led the Lady Fishermen in assists as she has all season.

“We are a work in progress and we continue to improve. Our longest trips are out of the way now and we are coming into a stretch of our schedule where we hope to get some wins,” Cummins said optimistically.

The junior varsity inherited the “slow start bug” as they were defeated by the young Lady Bulldogs 25-9, 25-15 and then came back to narrowly lose the third set 17-15. Allison Bonney hustled well in the back row. Elizabeth Kulm was strong at the net and Phoebe Millsap slammed some kills for the Lady Fishermen JVs.

Ilwaco varsity is now 0-8 in league play and 0-9 on the season, while Stevenson is now 2-6 in the Trico League.

Ilwaco 7 10 15

Stevenson 25 25 25

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