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South Kitsap narrowly misses upset against defending champs | Sports briefs

It might not have resulted in a victory, but South Kitsap coach Jessica Olsen is happy with how her volleyball team is progressing.

The Wolves (4-3 overall, 2-3 league) took defending state champion Olympia to five games last week in a 25-23, 13-25, 26-24, 26-28, 13-15 loss in Class 4A Narrows League play. Senior Toni Brown-Bell had 22 digs and 10 kills during that match.

"Going five games with them definitely shows where we're at," Olsen said.

South also lost Monday, 7-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-25 at Bellarmine Prep, which placed eighth in the 4A state tournament last year. Danielle Chu had 16 kills and 12 digs during that match.

"Little by little, we're learning how to play with confidence with every point of the game," Olsen said.

After the Wolves' match Wednesday at Gig Harbor, they host North Kitsap in a nonleague contest at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

MondayBellarmine Prep d. South Kitsap 25-7, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15South highlights—Danielle Chu 5 kills, 3 aces; Megan Murnane 7 kills; Toni Brown-Bell 17 assists.

Sept. 20Olympia d. South Kitsap 25-23, 13-25, 26-24, 26-28, 13-15South highlights—Danielle Chu 16 kills, 12 digs; Toni Brown-Bell 10 kills, 22 digs; Mikaela Strutz 20 assists.

Sept. 19South Kitsap d. Peninsula 25-21, 16-25, 25-13, 25-27, 15-8South highlights—Danielle Chu 12 kills, 5 aces; Toni Brown-Bell 12 kills, 3 aces; Mikaela Strutz 19 assists.

Sept. 18South Kitsap d. Yelm 18-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-22South highlights—Danielle Chu 11 kills, 2 aces; Hannah Spohn 10 kills, 4 aces; Mikaela Strutz 34 assists; Toni Brown-Bell 10 kills, 3 aces.

Doubles teams propel Wolves to win

South Kitsap won all three doubles matches to earn a 3-2 win Sept. 20 against Stadium in 4A Narrows League play.

Singles—Callen Petersen (St) d. Tyler Jackson 6-1, 6-1; Aaron Park (St) d. Austin Wilson 6-2, 6-4.Doubles—Austin Hammer/Matthew Lyman (SK) d. Daniel Yun/Alex Moreno 6-1, 6-4; Caleb Bray/Mason Drury d. Alex Sylvanus/Joe Platzer 7-6, 6-3; Shawn Lange/Isaiah Roinas (SK) d. Gavin Mackey/Anup Chamrajnagar 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

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