Sehome volleyball wins opener at state

November 15, 2013 

LAKEWOOD – For the most part, Sehome volleyball played error free in the first round of the Class 2A State Volleyball Championships. Its opponent, Yakima East Valley, couldn’t get out of its own way.

The Mariners defeated the Knights 25-18, 25-18, 25-14 on Friday, Nov. 15, in the first round of the state volleyball tournament at Pierce Community College in Lakewood. Sehome moves on to face Tumwater, which beat Washington in four games, in the state quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m. on Friday.

Sehome trailed early in the opening set, 4-1, but came back to take a 6-5 advantage following a kill by junior hitter Dani Johnson. The Mariners never trailed again in the first set, with a kill by senior hitter Taylor Lyall capping the game.

The Mariners began the second set winning 17 of the first 21 points. East Valley managed to bring it to 20-14 following a rash of Sehome miscues, but after a timeout by Mariners’ coach Kristy White, Sehome won five of the final eight points, including three kills by Johnson. Johnson led the Mariners with 12 kills in the match.

Like the second, Sehome jumped out early on the Knights, winning 13 of the first 19 points. The Mariners closed out the set and the game winning the final four points, capped by a Megan Greer ace. Greer led Sehome with 27 assists, and Kendra Thomas had 21 digs.

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