SK volleyball beats Life Christian in four games

Not knowing what to expect, South Kitsap High School volleyball coach Cathy Gangnes said the level of her team’s play in a 15-7, 14-16, 15-5, 15-6 win against Life Christian Academy Tuesday exceeded her expectations.

“I think things went pretty well,” Gangnes said. “They did better than what I expected.”

What caught Gangnes’ attention was SK’s ability to pass the ball effectively to the setters.

“We didn’t even practice offensive (schemes) because you have to be able to be able to pass to run an offense.”

Gangnes pointed out she had an unorthodox lineup with senior Jackie Binns and junior Savannah Starkweather together in the back row.

“They both want the ball so much,” Gangnes said. “But (passing) is why (Starkweather) is there.”

Junior outside hitter Stephanie Peacock provided the offensive punch with a match-high 10 kills.

Middle blocker Lea Juntila followed with seve kills.

Binns, Chelsea Hoffman, and Melissa Ballard each added five kills.

Sophomore Crystal Bitz quarterbacked the team with 17 assists.

While SK dominated the three games it won, Gangnes attributed the anomaly in the second game to putting players out of position.

With the encouraging passing, Gangnes said she’s confident the team will grasp some offensive schemes leading up to the team’s non-league home match Monday against North Mason at approximately 5:15 p.m.

SK tennis team

sweeps MT. Tahoma

Despite facing a feeble Mount Tahoma boys tennis team, South Kitsap coach Todd Olson said the team’s 5-0 win was a confidence builder heading into stiffer comeptition later in the week— (SK played Port Angeles yesterday).

“We came out and played hard,” Olson said. “It’s hard to get up for teams like Mount Tahoma but the guys did their job.”

Sophomore Andy Hultz, SK’s No.1 singles player made quick work of Chris Bloom 6-2, 6-0.

No.2 Colin Hartke—previously No.8 on the team’s depth chart, made a successful jump one of the top singles spots with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Eddie Schmidt.

“Colin really stepped up today,” Olson said. “he stepped in and played really well.”

Senior Doug Lyman and junior Adam Bennett, though not at their best, showed Olson they will be one of the tougher tandems in the Narrows League.

They defeated Eric Wells and Keith Reed 6-1, 6-2.

“I think Adam and Doug are the toughest doubles team at South in quite some time,” Olson said. “They’re going to be tough. They’re so athletic.”

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