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Wolves battle on for second
With a single misstep, the South Kitsap Wolves watched aghast as their big hitter, junior Chelsea Hoffman, dropped to the floor in pain as her ankle began to swell minutes into their Olympic College Summer Volleyball Tournament championship match last Thursday night with the Peninsula Seahawks.
With no bench available, the hobbled Wolves pulled together their remaining six players and made a game of it, but the Seahawks lived up to their top seeding and got the win and the trophy 25-21.
It was a fun way to end the summer, Peninsula coach Ann Lovrovich said. It was a great way to end a season and start a season.
After taking a pool-play loss 25-21 to Central Kitsap, the Seahawks didnt come close to losing again until the semifinal round, when they came from behind to beat Olympic 28-26. The Trojans finished the tournament in third place, the same position as during the summer season.
That was a really, really close game, Trojan Bryanne Hoemer said.
Olympic coach Roy Salas wasnt disappointed in his teams performance.
Our focus this summer has been on working as a team, Salas said. Weve been playing together and letting things flow as they flow.
Im just glad (OC volleyball coach) Tobie Moore put this league together. I hope they do it every year.
Hoffman was able to walk out of the gym at the end of the championship game but still remained positive about the Wolves chances this year.
I feel good because these are the teams well play in the regular season, Hoffman said. And as good as we are now, well be twice as good when (SK coach) Cathy Gangnes gets ahold of us. She just makes us better players and a better team.
North Kitsap coach (and 1997 alumna) Carley Noaker said the whole experience was about having a good time and tuning up for the high school season.
Theyre out there to have fun, said Noaker, a volunteer. I wanted to get them ready for the high school season and just have fun. Its their summer after all.
Long-time CK coach Gordy Bushaw said the whole league has been low key and he doesnt have his girls run any set plays like they would do in the regular season.
Its just a good thing to play in the summer and play competitively, Bushaw said. Peninsula has been the No. 1 team throughout the summer so we were pleased to beat them in the first round.
The Lady Knights of Bremerton gained respect when they shucked their losing ways (0-8 during the season) with a 25-21 win in pool play against the CK junior varsity. They just werent able to share the victory with their coach, Tina Preece, since she was out of town on vacation.
It was a team-coach situation, junior Jamie Coombe said. It wasnt too bad because we won.
This was the first time Bremertons played during the summer and the team has benefitted from the additional court time. Coombe predicted that the Knights wont be a pushover when the regular season starts.
This will be one of the better seasons for Bremerton volleyball, Coombe said.