ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen played well defensively, but Kalama's defenders were even more effective as the Lady Chinooks won a hard-fought Trico League volleyball match at Carl Aase Gymnasium 3-0, Oct. 12.
Game one was knotted at 10-10 when the Lady Chinooks went on 7-0 and 5-0 runs to pull away with a 25-14 win. Kenzi Wirkkala served four straight points to tie the contest. Alexa Wirkkala's kill and two straight service aces stopped the first Lady Chinook rally.
In game two, Megan Clark's three straight kills and Justina Cornell's four straight service points led the way for Ilwaco's comeback to within 16-19. It was then that Kalama scored the final six points to win that contest. The third game the Lady Chinooks swam to a 25-13 victory. Sydney Ward had a pair of kills and an ace in the final fray.
Ilwaco's Alexa Wirkkala had three aces, three kills and three digs for the match. Amanda Bell had three digs and Ward had four kills and a pair of aces. Kenzi Wirkkala had a season-high six digs and two kills. Clark finished with three kills and Grace McPhail dished out five assists.
Both teams had 16 digs and Ilwaco missed on only five serves to six miscues for Kalama. The Lady Fishermen are now 1-8 in the Trico and 1-9 overall, while Kalama is 6-3 in league play and in third place behind Ridgefield and Castle Rock.
The Ilwaco junior varsity won 26-24, 15-25, 15-11. Addie Glick had eight kills and Jackie Smith served four aces and a pair of kills according to coach Keri Deford.
Kalama 25 25 25
Ilwaco 14 16 11
LaCenter lights up in final two games, sweeps Ilwaco 3-0 ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen battled in game one, but then LaCenter heated up and rolled to a 3-0 Trico League volleyball victory there Thursday. "We came out on fire," Coach Marie Green said. "It was exciting to watch and coach our girls. They were working together and moving really well. We stayed with LaCenter until the end of the first game."
The Lady Wildcats pulled away for a 25-18 win in the initial contest and then cruised to 25-9 and 25-10 victories in the final two games of the match. "In the last two games we couldn't get our passing together. It wasn't our finest hour, but we are still pushing and fighting," Green said.
For Ilwaco Grace McPhail dished out seven assists, had two digs, an ace and a kill. Sydney Ward added four digs, a pair of aces and a kill and Megan Clark had two kills and a block. Alexa Wirkkala contributed three kills, an ace and a dig and Kenzi Wirkkala had three kills and two digs. Amanda Bell produced a dig and an ace.
The Lady Fishermen are now 1-9 in league play and 1-10 overall, while LaCenter improves to 5-5. The Lady Wildcats swept both junior varsity games.
Ilwaco 18 9 10
LaCenter 25 25 25