High School Sports

Anacortes scores final 9 points to top Nooksack Valley

Nooksack Valley’s volleyball team dropped the final nine points of the match to take a 3-1 loss to Anacortes on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Anacortes in a Northwest Conference match.

The Pioneers kept it close in the beginning, losing the first sets 25-19, 26-24, and pushing through for a set win of their own in the third, 25-22. But in a tied fourth set, 16-16, the serve-receive broke down and Nooksack Valley struggled to get its offense going, coach Katie Emmons said, and Anacortes won the set 25-16.

“The whole match our serve-receive was helping us out and our defense was really good,” Emmons said in a phone interview. “We had a lot of grit. Our middles (Brianna Turner and Katrina Gimmaka) had one of their best matches. They closed the block for us.”

As a team, Nooksack Valley had seven blocks. Mariah Perry had 36 digs to lead the Pioneers’ defensive effort. Avery Tenkley had eight kills and added 21 digs, and Olivia Berkan had nine kills.

Nooksack Valley (1-5 overall, 1-3 NWC) takes on Sehome at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at home.