ILWACO, Wash. - Ilwaco won the second set 25-17 and was tied 23-23 in the fourth game, but Knappa pulled out a 3-1 nonleague volleyball victory at Carl Aase Gymnasium Monday.
The match was the final noncounting one of the season for Ilwaco as the Fishermen will finish the campaign with Trico League tilts from here on out. Their record fell to 0-5 while the Loggers won the first match of the season and improved to 1-5.
Ilwaco took an early lead in game one as Alexa Wirkkala's two aces put the home team ahead 5-3. She later served two more aces to bring the Lady Fishermen to within 12-14, and two kills from Carly Kitzman helped Ilwaco to get to within 19-20. It was then that Knappa scored the final five points to win 25-19.
The second set was tied eight times, including 14-14. Again Kitzman proved steady at the net, knocking down three kills and Wirkkala's ace and a kill from setter Charlotte Johnson were instrumental in Ilwaco pulling away for a 25-17 grounding of the Loggers.
Knappa's Teyl Rund served five aces to start the third game and the Lady Loggers played like a buzz saw as they won easily 25-13. The fourth contest was nip and tuck with a total of 15 ties, the last one at 23-23 and neither team could get a lead of more than two points at any time in the fray.
A pair of kills from Marin McDonnell and her digs and passing from the back row and the setting of Johnson helped keep Ilwaco close throughout. An ace from the Loggers' Brittany Whitted and an Ilwaco missfire at the net gave the visitors the final two points and the fourth game 25-23.
Coach Marie Green said, "We showed that we can play. We moved well and played great as a team. Our effort was awesome. We worked on a new 5-1 offense and we're getting our rotations down better and better. We were able to play a lot of kids tonight and they all did awesome. We used our tournament on Saturday and tonight's match as practice for league play."
The Loggers had 30 service aces to 16 for Ilwaco and each team missed seven serves on the night. Both teams had 20 kills and three blocks. Johnson dished out six assists for Ilwaco and Whitted led the visitors with 10 setups. Wirkkala topped the Lady Fishermen with seven aces, McDonnell added five and Johnson served three. Rund smashed 13 aces for Knappa.
Kitzman led Ilwaco with nine kills and McDonnell had five and also contributed six digs. Brittnee Pattison led Ilwaco with two blocks. McKenzie Cokely had 10 kills for the Lady Loggers.
The Lady Fishermen junior varsity came away with a victory in a close match 14-25, 26-24 and 15-13 behind the serving of Trisha Cass and setting of Ashley Cass according to Coach Keri Kostur.
Seaside Hall of Fame
adds track team
In addition to the 1988 state volleyball team that was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, there was another 1988 girls' sports team that was inadvertently left off the list in last week's feature story.
Seaside's girls track and field team also won a Class 2A state championship in 1988, and was inducted into the Gulls' Hall of Fame at Saturday's banquet.
The team had a 7-1 dual meet record, took first at the Lake Oswego Ladies Classic and second at the Cowapa League meet.
League champion and state meet participants included Shellie Earl (long jump), Jeannine Ward (second behind Earl in long jump), Tami Stamper (javelin), Debbie Cline (100 and 200 meters), Jo Ellingson (100- and 300-meter hurdles), Tami Cole (high hurdles), and the 400 and 1,600 relay squads.
The Gulls clinched the state title with a win in the long relay, as anchor Debbie Cline held off Gladstone's Kim Hutson in the last event, giving Seaside 44 points, ahead of Gladstone (33).
The team was coached by Gene Gilbertson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an educator and coach.