Lady Fishermen have tough week

<I>DAMIAN MULINIX photo</I><BR>Katie Hazen and Tara Hankins go up to block a Whiet Pass spike in Thursdays loss to White Pass.

NASELLE - "Sylvia Herrold made some incredible hits and Naselle's kids deserve kudos," said IHS volleyball coach Grant Chinn after his Lady Fishermen were defeated in three straight games at Naselle Monday in a non-league volleyball contest.

"Their crowd seemed to psych us out the first game (a 25-7 loss), but we improved after that," the coach said.

Erin McDonnell and Katie Hazen each had six aces against the Comets and Amber Stanley added two. Hazen, Allison Brooks and Tara Hankins led Ilwaco in blocks. Chinn said backcourt players McDonnell, Stanley and Hazen passed well and got to many balls much better the final two games.

"We got in our groove after the first game and were ahead 16-15 in the final game," Chinn concluded.

Ilwaco lapses lead to loss at Lady TigersNAPAVINE - Bethany Heimbigner's six service aces, as well as five from Erin McConnell and three from Katie Hazen weren't enough to overcome Napavine, as Ilwaco dropped a SWW league match Tuesday by a count of 3-1.

The Lady Fishermen lost the first game 21-25, won handily 25-14 in the second, but couldn't keep up the momentum, as the Lady Tigers clawed their way to 25-19 and 25-17 victories in the final two games.

"This was a match we very easily could have won," coach Grant Chinn lamented. "We had too many mental lapses at key times and that hurt us."

McDonnell blasted six kills and Hazen led the team with seven. Tara Hankins and Angela Kimbrough topped the Lady Fishermen in blocks and Hazen and Hankins passed and dug the volleyball well according to Chinn, who also had praise for the work of setter Carly Taylor.

The contest was the sixth straight match or tournament Ilwaco has played since the beginning of the season and all have been on the road.

"I hope we get a shot at them at district," Chinn said of the Lady Tigers. "They are a team very comparable to us."

Lady Fishermen sunk in home opener by White PassILWACO - White Pass slid past the Lady Fishermen in three straight games Thursday in league volleyball action as Ilwaco made their debut at Aase Gymnasium this season. Coach Grant Chinn described the results as "ugly" and had praise for Lady Panther Deanne Riffe as she pounded 13 kills, had four blocks and secured nine digs against Ilwaco.

Erin McDonnell and Katie Hazen had three service aces and two kills apiece in the loss. Chinn said Hazen, Monica Smith, Amber Stanley, Tara Hankins and McDonnell did well passing and digging the volleyball.

The Lady Fishermen ended the week with three defeats and are now 0-5 on the year and 0-4 in the South Division of the Southwest Washington 1A League.

"Even though we had a tough week, I haven't given up on our girls having a shot at district," Chinn said optimistically. "We have eight league games to go and the ladies have played some good volleyball at times," he concluded.

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