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Wolves win rematch with Seahawks
The South Kitsap Wolves called on their friends to help them out last week as they made their way through the Olympic College Summer League Tournament at the Bremer Student Center gym.
After losing the 2002 tournament to Peninsula by forfeit because of a lack of players, the SK girls asked 2002 All-Bridge Division honorable mention Liz Tomscyk to fill a spot in their lineup.
That proved to be all they needed as the Wolves downed the Seahawks in the championship series rematch 15-12, 15-12.
We dont have our whole team here, SK senior Rikki Bentley said, adding that the all-volunteer lineup only featured three returners and a couple of JV players. But this summer has been fun for the new people to teach them how to play with rally scoring and give them the self-confidence they need when the season starts.
It didnt appear early on that the Wolves were ready to play after they lost to the Central Kitsap JV squad in the opening round 15-8, 8-15, 11-15.
But they bounced back against the Peninsula JV squad 15-8, Bremerton 15-6 and Central Kitsaps varsity 15-9 in the consolation round of the double-elimination tourney.
Five people and no coach ... and we won, SK junior Jenna Timm said after the finals match.
In fact, there wasnt a coach in sight for any team since this years tournament occurred in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Associations black-out window (Rule 17.6.0) which prohibits coaches from working with kids three weeks before the start of the season (which is Aug. 25.)
That didnt hurt the Wolves since theyve played all summer sans coach, but it was discomforting to some teams who werent used to being out there on their own.
Its weird not to see him over there, CK senior Erin Ziesemer said of coach Gordy Bushaws absence. The Cougars finished in fourth place behind the Olympic College team.
Its like rec volleyball, said CK junior Lindsey Fryer, a 2002 All-Bridge first team member. And its not that serious out there because everybodys not here.
The young team from North Kitsap was obviously uncomfortable without coach Clay Blackwood around to guide them.
We werent all together, NK junior Jennifer Buckner said.
A lot of seniors that are coming back couldnt make it tonight, Tomscyk said. But I tought we played strong even though we lost (to OC and CKs varsity). Weve progressed this summer and really improved. We learned that weve got a strong defense thats scrappy and picks up a lot of balls.
And getting to know your teammates and working on skills is the reason OC coach Tobie Moore puts the summer program on.
This is our second year during the summer and it has made us a much better team, Bremerton senior Jamie Coombe said. Weve learned weve got a lot more talent coming up that will give us a good blend of sophomores, juniors and seniors.