NASELLE — After easy wins in the first two sets, the Lady Comets came back from way behind in the third to sweep Columbia Adventist Tuesday, Oct. 15. Naselle won 25-17, 25-12, 25-19.

The Kodiaks blocked a Kylee Tarabochia setter dump attempt for a kill to start the third set, then added a couple of aces as they jumped out to leads of 7-0 and 9-1.

Jackie Steenerson responded with a block that Kodiak defenders couldn’t dig out of the net. Hollie Haataia kept momentum going the Comets’ way, pushing a well-placed shot to mid-court; back-pedaling defenders could not recover. A couple of points later, Brynn Tarabochia turned around a tough hit, and Jackie Steenerson finished the point off with a kill to cut it to 9-6.

With the set slipping away from the Comets again at 13-8, Kylee Tarabochia masterfully redirected the ball on second contact for a setter dump that was too quick for the defense to read. Haataia’s bump-over to an unguarded corner cut the lead to one. Finally, the Comets took the lead at 18-17 on Kylee Tarabochia’s ace serve.

Jackie Steenerson got the serve at 21-19 and closed it out with four points, including a pair of aces.

The Kodiaks also kept the opening set close, getting to an 11-11 tie. But the Comets pulled out to a 16-11 lead as Brynn Tarabochia served four straight points, including two aces. Steenerson had the other two points during the stretch, a kill that nicked the top of the net and trickled sideways and another on a straight-down spike, and the Comets cruised to take the set by eight points.

Set two was the most lopsided, as the Comets went on a 13-2 run to build a 22-10 lead and won by 13.

Firm Foundation 3, Naselle 0

First-place Firm Foundation beat Naselle for the second time this year, winning 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 on Thursday, Oct. 17. Naselle fell to 2-3 in league play. Firm Foundation is 5-0.

UP NEXT: Naselle will play at Three Rivers Christian Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., and host the Washington School for the Deaf Monday, Oct. 28.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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