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Tuesday’s Prep Volleyball: Tigers See Season End Against Hockinson

By The Chronicle

Centralia hosted Hockinson here on Tuesday in a pigtail playoff game in order to determine the final spot into the 2A District IV volleyball tournament. Unfortunately for the Tigers that home court advantage wasn’t enough to propel them past the Hawks as they dropped three straight sets by scores of 23-25, 21-25, and 22-25.

Centralia coach Marti Smith noted that while each set was within her team’s grasp, that didn’t make the season ending loss any easier to cope with.

“That’s the frustrating part,” noted Smith.

The Tigers’ coach also made sure to compliment Hockinson, the number five seed out of a loaded Greater St. Helens League, who will now face Ridgefield in the first round of the district tournament.

“Hockinson did a nice job moving the ball around when it came to their hitters. They could hit cross court. They could hit line. They could hit the ball short. They could hit the ball deep. They just did a nice job with their ball placement,” said Smith.

For Centralia it was a host of familiar faces who tried to carry the torch through to the double elimination district tournament. Madison Stoeckler was 14 of 15 on her serves with 10 digs and four kills while Jadyn Hawley was perfect on eight serves with 13 digs and six kills. Kennedy Strophy was perfect on 10 serves with three kills and four blocks, and Evie Rooklidge connected on all but one of her 17 serves with a dozen digs to her credit. Kylie Sharp pitched in with 14 digs and a perfect effort on nine serves.

“I thought our team did a nice job adjusting midway through the second set. In the third set, we just didn’t have the putaways that we needed,” said Smith, who’s team held a six point advantage at one point in that final set. “I would say tonight was a night of missed opportunities. They had a lot of missed serves on their side and a lot of times, we weren’t capitalizing on those.”

In spite of the loss Smith came away feeling encouraged about the way the season played out.

“I can’t say enough about the fight that our team put out tonight. We talked about not just playing for each other but playing for our program and playing for our school and representing well on the court and I thought the girls did a really good job of doing that tonight,” Smith said.

She also pointed out the efforts of her team’s three seniors, Sharp, Strophy, and Lillian Johnson.

“All three seniors played really well. They can definitely walk out of the gym knowing that they played their best,” said Smith.

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