RAYMOND — Oh so close were the Comets to pulling out a win Oct. 1 at Raymond, only to come up just short. The two teams played to extra points in the fifth and deciding set in a Pacific 2B League contest before the home team plucked a 17-15 victory to secure the match.

Naselle began the evening with a pair of 25-20 wins in the first two sets, but then the Lady Seagulls came alive with 25-19 and 25-17 wins in the next two games to force a final set to 15 points. Because one team had to win the set by two points it went to extra points before the Lady Seagulls eked out a 17-15 victory.

The Comets played some of their most inspired volleyball of the past several seasons in the first set. Trailing 18-11, Naselle won 14 of the next 15 points and to take the first game and the momentum carried over into the second set for the Comets win, as well.

“Our serve-receive was off and fell way below what we normally do. Our serving percentage was still at 90 percent, but we just missed too many serves at key times. It was a disappointing loss. Because we have had a couple matches this season where we won the first two and then lost the third and came back to win, the girls said that they just felt confident that even though they didn’t win the third game, they could come back and finish it with the fourth. Unfortunately, Raymond kept their momentum and pulled off the win,” coach Kim Eaton said.

“It is feels so good to be 100 percent physically and back playing, but this was definitely a match we could have won. I was mad, in fact I am still mad three days later that we lost to Raymond. We made too many mistakes after getting ahead by winning the first two sets. I think we were over-confident and we got frustrated when things didn’t go our way. We put up a good fight, though,” Kayti Nelson said.

“We beat Ilwaco and Ilwaco beat Raymond in a tournament so we were thinking we could win. It may have been too easy the first two sets and then when they came back, our game went downhill. We didn’t pick it up again. We needed to have that same confident mindset we had at the start and then go all out to win and it didn’t happen. I didn’t serve as well as I would have liked, but my kills and passing were good this week,” Kendra Leeland explained.

“We played really well the first two sets, but later in the match we may have gotten tired. I served 100 percent, but my passes to the setter were a little off. I did get a few good hits for kills and this was one of my better matches at the net,” Abbie DaVall said.

Nelson led the Comets with 10 kills and served 100 percent as did DaVall and Taylor Eaton. DaVall had five kills, Leeland four and Marissa Ashe slammed six kills. Taylor Eaton dished out 11 assists and Breanna Smith set for eight assists. Karianne Condon had a pair of kills and a pair of blocks and Haley Pine had three kills and six assists for Naselle.

Hannah Dykes paced the Lady Seagulls with 11 kills and four blocks and Aiysha Garcia added eight kills and three blocks. Emily Collins served five aces and dealt out 11 assists, while Aubree Gardner contributed 14 digs for Raymond.

Officiating calls also led to some key shifts in the momentum for NHS.

“Raymond played a determined match, but it was hard to play when the momentum shifted and that killed us,” coach Eaton explained.

Naselle is now 0-3 in league play and 4-7 overall, while Raymond is 1-3 in league play and 1-5 for the year.

The C-squad lost to Raymond 25-23 and 25-15 as Amelia Tutu’u served and hit well according to coach Bekah Wirkkala. The Lady Seagulls won the junior varsity match 25-19, 30-28 and 15-8. Nichole Kinnear served well and Kyryn Jacot “played wonderful at the net and we had lots of tight passes to her and she hit them over” Wirkkala praised as the JV tilt went to extra points, just as the varsity match had done.

Naselle 25 25 19 17 15

Raymond 20 20 25 25 17

Lady Wildcats scratch out 3-0 victory over Comets

WESTPORT — Ocosta made short work of Naselle, winning in three sets over the Comets in a Pacific 2B League tussle in Westport Oct. 3. Naselle was in both the first and third sets, but the Lady Wildcats were able to claw for key points later in both sets to pull out the match. Ocosta won 25-21, 25-10 and 25-22.

“Our serve-receive percentage (passes off serves received that go to the setter) increased from Tuesday’s match with Raymond, but our serving percentage went way down. In the third game alone we missed five serves, which was costly since the game was so close,” coach Kim Eaton lamented. With the rally scoring used in high school and college volleyball, a missed serve is a point for the opponent and a lost opportunity to score for the serving team.

Kayti Nelson led with seven kills and she, Madison Green and Abbey DaVall served 100 percent for the Comets. DaVall smacked six kills and Karianne Condon had two kills, three blocks and “played great defense and was outstanding in passing” according to coach Eaton. Taylor Eaton passed for nine assists and Haley Pine dished out eight assists for Naselle.

“Ocosta was one of my better matches. I made sure I was playing because I love to and I didn’t allow myself to get frustrated. I have been working to have my serve-receive improve and I’m always working on my serve. The second half of the season we are going to have to work harder as a team in order to move up in the standings,” Nelson said.

Emily Hurlburt served 12 consecutive points in the second set, while connecting on 27 of 28 serves and “performing spectacularly on defense” according to veteran Ocosta coach Barbara Rasmus. Kate Christensen served 100 percent and contributed nine kills and seven blocks. Kami Strode had seven kills and three blocks and Emily Arndt 13 assists for the Lady Wildcats.

Naselle is now 0-5 in league play and 4-8 overall, while Ocosta is 2-3 in the Pacific League and 3-4 for the year. The Lady Wildcats whipped Naselle 25-19, 25-14 and 25-13 in the junior varsity match and took the C-squad encounter 25-15 and 25-22.

Naselle 21 10 22

Ocosta 25 25 25

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