ILWACO — Eight was the magic number for Kalama as the Lady Chinooks went on five scoring runs of eight points, defeating Ilwaco 25-2, 25-10 and 25-8 Oct. 15 in a Trico League volleyball match at Carl Aase Gymnasium.

The Lady Chinooks are rated in the top three in the state, are undefeated for the season and won 33.

“We were physically overmatched. They have the two best hitters we have seen,” coach Eric Cummins said of Kalama.

“They are a very good team. We fought for it and kept our heads up throughout the match,” Ilwaco setter Darian Johnson stated.

“They placed their spikes and their serves very well and they hit very hard. We have come together as a team and that is why we play hard even when things don’t go our way,” libero Noelle McPhail said.

For the match Kalama served 22 aces and had 30 kills, while Ilwaco had just one ace and four kills. Kallie Schmit showed why she is likely to be the league MVP as she smashed 13 kills and served eight aces. Khloe Clark served six aces, McKenna LaRoy dished out 24 assists and Magie West had three of Kalama’s five blocks.

In the first game the Lady Fishermen were only able to score two points on a net violation and on a missed Kalama serve. Ilwaco got off to a 3-1 lead in the second set, but an 8-0 run put them up 17-8 and then they scored seven more points to two for the Lady Fishermen. In the third set Ilwaco went ahead 1-0, but then a pair of 8-0 runs did in the Lady Fishermen.

Hannah Ellsworth and Johnson had a pair of kills, Rachel Thrasher had Ilwaco’s only service ace and Jasmine Coffin had three blocks. McPhail had eight digs and Jennifer Navarre, Franzi Feil, Johnson, Coffin and Ellsworth each had two digs apiece.

Ilwaco is now 0-10 in league play and 0-12 for the year, while Kalama is 10-0 in the Trico and 11-0 overall.

“This was our best match of the season. We played with a lot of heart and didn’t let balls go without a fight. We were very scrappy,” assistant coach Meredith Payton said after the Ilwaco JV’s lost to Kalama 25-22, 25-11 and 15-12. Nautika Jansma is a great setter and a team leader, Phoebe Millsap played great on offense, Michelle Aguayo was great on defense and Taylor Adams served great according to Payton.

“By next year we should be competitive with them,” coach Cummins said optimistically. McPhail and Thrasher are the only seniors on Ilwaco’s team.

Kalama 25 25 25

Ilwaco 2 10 8

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