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Wolves start fast, fade late in district tourney
What looked like the beginnings of a sure-fire win that would send them to the West Central District tournament quickly deteriorated into another lost opportunity for the South Kitsap volleyball team.
But there was also a glimpse of things to come.
The Wolves caught Capital off-guard in the first game of the opening round of the Narrows League Tournament at the SK gym on Saturday morning before dropping a four-game match that left the host team one game short of qualifying for the WCD.
Capital rebounded from a 13-25 first-game loss to end Souths season by winning the next three games, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-18.
I think Capital underestimated us. They didnt think we would come out like that, second-year coach Jessica Anderson said. The second game, they saw what we looked like and they adjusted to what we were giving them and they picked everything up.
The Wolves, who ended the year at 10-5, fell into some old habits after jumping out to the quick start. As good as they looked in the first game, there were some obvious letdowns in the games that followed.
Our intensity level went down in the second game, senior hitter Joyce Vaiagae said. Capital knew they had to pick it up, and they did. The first game, we were doing just fine. But the second game, thats where we started going down a little bit. Were always having that problem digging ourselves a hole, and I hate that.
After taking the first game in such dominant fashion, South let the second game slip away at the end. The Wolves then blew a 17-10 lead in the third game and led 12-7 in the fourth game before finally losing by seven points.
Needless to say, we need to tune up our finishing game, Anderson said. We definitely had chances. They know how to play the game; they just dont how to bring it sometimes.
That mental game, I dont know exactly how to coach that, not all the time, Anderson said. There are little pieces that you can do. There are little things that you can say, there are little games that you can do, but ultimately, thats up to them.
Junior hitter Erika Doremus kept South close throughout by leading the Wolves with 16 kills, while Vaiagae had 10 digs and Ashley Youngs recorded 15 assists.
But there were times when the team seemed unsure of itself and was prone to giving up points in bunches.
It was that mental game. They didnt get super, super down like they sometimes do, Anderson said. There are a couple of them that stay up at different times but they need to stay up during the whole game. Not just a little bit here and there.
We have to work on them believing that they are winners, Anderson said. And understanding that they can be winners.
Notes: Doremus was the only South Kitsap player to be named to the first team on the 2005 Narrows League Bridge Division All-League volleyball team released last week.
Doremus, a junior, was one of eight players chosen by the coaches of the eight league schools to be named to the first team.
Vaiagae was named to the second team, while junior setter Kylen Boddie was listed as an honorable mention.
2005 Narrows League Bridge Division
All-League volleyball team
Most Valuable Player
Alli Weisbarth, Senior Setter, Central Kitsap
Katy Potter, Senior Middle Blocker, Gig Harbor
Erika Doremus, Junior Outside Hitter, South Kitsap
Melissa Liechty, Junior Outside Hitter, Central Kitsap
Elisa Dike, Senior Middle Blocker, Shelton
Jenette North, Senior Outside Hitter, Gig Harbor
Angela DeWaalmalefyt, Senior Setter, Shelton
Shannon Sumner, Senior Outside Hitter, Central Kitsap
KC Fossum, Junior Outside Hitter, North Kitsap
Colby Thatcher, Senior Middle Blocker, Bremerton
Kearney Bangs, Senior Setter, North Kitsap
Theresia Dever, Sophomore Libero, Central Kitsap
Rebecca Fister, Senior Setter, Gig Harbor
Meredith McCarty, Senior Middle Blocker, Shelton
Joyce Vaiaga'e, Senior Outside Hitter, South Kitsap
Dani Barrett, Senior Outside Hitter, Port Angeles
Brianne Gregory, Junior Middle Blocker, Bremerton
Lindsey Webel, Junior Outside Hitter, Olympic
Lauren Romero, Junior Libero, North Kitsap
Kylen Boddie, Junior Setter, South Kitsap
Casie Knott, Junior, Olympic
Juli Bolender, Senior Outside Hitter, Shelton
Coach of the Year
Gordy Bushaw, Central Kitsap