ILWACO — South Bend swept the Fishermen in three sets on Thursday, September 29. Ilwaco got off to a strong start, went into a long slump, and then recovered during a close third set.
Madeline Jacobson started the match with an emphatic kill of an assist from Ebby McMullen. Jacobson served three consecutive aces as Ilwaco built a 5-0 lead. Ilwaco went ahead 12-3. The Indians answered with a 19-1 run for a 22-4 lead. They went on to win the set 25-16.
South Bend kept rolling in the second set, beating Ilwaco’s back row with powerful serves and building a 10-3 lead. South Bend went on to win the set, 25-13.
In the third set, Ilwaco was back in business. Jacobson won a battle at the net in the middle, swatting the ball out of a South Bend player’s hand for a spike and a 5-0 lead. The Fishermen led 9-3 before a 13-1 scoring spurt from South Bend.
Jasmine Judd, playing outside hitter in the front row, had a powerful hit to the opposite corner to cut the lead to 17-14. A tough dig by Jacobson led to a point that cut it to 17-16. Later, McMullen set it right above the net in the middle for Jacobson, who hit it straight down for a kill to again cut the lead to one at 21-20. South Bend hit a couple balls out of bounds, giving the Fishermen a 22-21 lead.
An ace from Jessica Sanchez gave South Bend a 24-22 lead. McMullen kept Ilwaco alive with a setter dump, tapping the ball through two defenders at the net. On the subsequent game point, Alayna Marsh had a powerful hit, but Hannah Byington spiked it back over the net to clinch the win for South Bend.