Saturday’s Volleyball: Tigers Reach Semifinals at Invite
By The Chronicle
TACOMA — The Centralia Tigers volleyball team participated in the Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Invite here on Saturday, ending the tournament with a 4-1 record.
Centralia went undefeated in pool play. The Tigers started off the day with a win over Mt. Rainier Lutheran in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20 and 15-6. Centralia then defeated Eatonville (25-14, 25-15, 15-7) and then ended pool play with a win over Hermiston (25-17, 23-25, 15-8).
In bracket play, Centralia earned a win against Kingston (25-23, 25-16) before falling in the semifinals to 4A Federal Way (25-17, 25-17) in the semifinals.
For the day, Rachel Wilkerson was 5- of 54 serving with 17 kills and 31 digs, and Chelsea Petrino added 41 kills, 22 digs and was 27 of 29 serving. Centralia’s McKenna Smith added 17 kills and was 38 of 42 serving with five aces, Kylie Sharp added 26 digs and Joelle Mettler added 81 assists and was 39 of 43 serving with seven aces.
“I’m proud of how the girls played today. They did a better job of being consistent with their level of play and controlling our side of the court. Those are a couple things we have been working on, so it was great to be able to have a day where we could really emphasize that. The girls responded well to challenges throughout the day. We found a few more things we want to emphasize in practice, but are continuing to get better and we’re excited for league to start.”
Centralia (11-3) begins EvCo play on Tuesday, hosting Rochester.
Pe Ell Wins Pair at Raymond Tournament
RAYMOND — Pe Ell earned a pair of victories at the Raymond Tournament here on Saturday.
The Trojans defeated North Beach 24-19 and Tacoma Baptist 25-23 for their two victories.
“I feel like we played really well, we did win two games. Last week, only won one compared to Adna, the girls did great on their passing,” Pe Ell coach Karie Cleveland said. “Our serving caught us up a little bit. as far as putting in the passing, they definitely stepped up this week for sure. I’m just proud of my girls, doing well, improving quickly and they’re all buying in”
Alli Justice had 17 kills, Anna Nacht added 13 kills and Ellie Little recorded 11 kills for Pe Ell. Cleveland said she was impressed with the play of Presley Peterson, noting her defensive play as a bright spot.
Pe Ell is back on the court on Tuesday, facing Morton-White Pass on Tuesday in a Central 2B League match in Morton.
W.F. West Notches Wins at Monarch Challenge
LONGVIEW — The Bearcats’ won a few matches here on Saturday, participating in the Monarch Challenge Tournament.
In pool play, the Bearcats defeated Hudson’s Bay 26-24 and 25-15. W.F. West faced Elma, and lost the first set 25-23, but bounced back to take set two, 25-17 to split the match, with Haley Simmons recording 16 assists for W.F. West.
The final match of pool play was against host Mark Morris, and the Bearcats fell 20-25, 23-25, to finish second in pool play.
In bracket play, the Bearcats earned a close three-set win over Sequim. W.F. West dropped the first set, 25-22, but rebounded to win the second set, 26-24 and the third set, 16-14.
Kaylie Hoyt recorded nine kills, Makenzie Moore added eight kills and Paige Crawford led the team with 14 digs.
“It was nice, under pressure, the girls were able to come through. That was a huge difference game for us,” W.F. West coach Emily Mora said.
W.F. West faced Castle Rock next and fell in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-13, before falling to Timberline in their final match, 25-15 and 25-11.
“We didn’t have much gas left in the tank. We won’t be playing that much during season, I don’t think we had enough gas in the tank to finish tournament,” Mora said. “It was a long day for the girls. Good tournament, it’s always a good experience, anytime we’re on the court, we’re learning.”
W.F. West is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Tumwater to open Evergreen 2A Conference play.