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Wolves' winning streak comes to an end | Volleyball
OLYMPIA — South Kitsap players and coaches spoke with eager anticipation about the beginning of the second half of Class 4A Narrows League volleyball schedule.
Many felt it was an opportunity for the Wolves to display improvement against the league’s upper echelon. But that did not occur during Tuesday night’s 25-10, 25-11, 25-23 loss at defending state champion Olympia.
The setback broke South’s streak of four consecutive wins. It also was the Wolves’ first loss in October.
South coach Jessica Olsen called the result a “big-time disappointment” after the Wolves (8-5 overall, 5-5 league) narrowly lost in five games on Sept. 20 against the Bears.
“We did not play the way we did when they were at our house,” she said.
Olsen said she felt the team had a productive week of practice leading up to the match, as well.
“This is about teamwork,” she said. “We didn’t play as a team tonight.”
South was close in each of the first two games before Olympia eventually earned easy wins. The Bears led just 9-7 in the first game before going on a 10-1 run. A similar scenario unfolded during the second game when the Wolves trailed 8-6. Olympia used a 15-2 run before junior outside hitter Rachel Kelson later closed out that game with a kill. Kelson also had the winning kill during the first game.
The third game featured more points for South than the first two combined and the Wolves appeared in position to secure a win with a 23-21 lead. But Olympia took advantage of a bad serve and then watched 6-foot-4 senior middle blocker Michaela Berendt score three consecutive aces to close out the match.
“The trend was we were playing more as a team,” Olsen said.
But even if South notched a win in that game, she acknowledged her team would have been in a difficult position needing victories in the next two to secure a road victory.
Despite the setback, the Wolves remain firmly in the league playoff picture. Olsen said if the standings remain the same, South will open against Central Kitsap. The schools split their two regular-season meetings with each winning at home.
After Thursday’s DiG PiNK match against Bellarmine Prep, the Wolves close out the regular season Tuesday against Gig Harbor.