ILWACO – Life Christian scored the final six points in a comeback 25-16, 18-25, 17-25, 25-19, 15-13 win over Ilwaco Thursday, Oct. 6. For Ilwaco, which came in with three straight wins over Pe Ell, Chief Leschi and North Beach, Thursday’s matchup was a chance to test recent improvements against a tougher opponent. The Eagles, led by high-flying 5’11” superstar Madison Boles, are the defending Pacific League champions, though they came in with a losing record after facing some big-school competition. With the loss, Ilwaco fell to 4-4 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Ilwaco was two points away from victory, leading 13-9 in the fifth set. An unhittable kill by Boles cut it to 13-12. She followed with another powerful shot that clinched the match.

“It was an amazing (game),” Ilwaco coach Michaela Eastham said. “It’s a loss, but we’re better for this loss.”

Ilwaco kept the opening set close much of the way before the Eagles pulled away. But the Lady Fishermen were at the top of their game winning the next two sets.

“That second set, everything seemed like it was going right,” Ebby McMullen said. “We had amazing kills, tipping, passing, everything was working.”

“Jaymi Patana had an amazing game, with a very high kill rate,” coach Michaela Eastham said. To stay competitive, she said, Ilwaco had to take advantage when Boles was in the back row. “We put our best hitters up front when she was back there.”

Trailing two sets to one, Life Christian took the fourth set, as Ilwaco was a bit off with its passing. Bell had a good run serving in the tie-breaking fifth set. But in the final stretch, Boles rotated into the front row and the Eagles came back to win.

Ilwaco will host South Bend this Thursday at 7:00.

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