Thursday was the final night of Olympic League matches that
counted among non-league standings.
The league finally kicks off its season Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Here’s a wrap-up of how teams fared Thursday:
Kingston took on North Kitsap at home and the
Vikings won rather convincingly 25-15, 25-17, 25-16 to hand the
Bucs their first loss of the season. … Bremerton was
at Olympic where the host Trojans swept the Knights 25-22,
25-13, 25-21. Jenna Tippets led Oly with 15 assists, 6 aces and 7
digs. … Klahowya traveled to North Mason
where it won a tough five-game match 21-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-21,
15-9. Also, Port Angeles was at Sequim in a
Clallam County showdown, but a final score was not reported. We
also didn’t hear from Port Townsend which
In Narrows League action, Central Kitsap traveled to
Bellarmine to take on the third-ranked Lions and was throttled
25-12, 25-16, 25-14. CK coach Gordy Bushaw said the Cougars did OK
offensively, but couldn’t stop Bellarmine’s offense including
Courtney Schwan who had 11 kills. Schwan, if you don’t know, is one
of the better players in the state. She was one of 25 players
selected nationally, and the only one from Washington, to
the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Training Team
last year as a sophomore. … South Kitsap made the
road trip to Olympia where it lost a heartbreaker 23-25,
25-13, 26-24, 26-28, 15-13. The Wolves may have lost their junior
setter, Mikaela Strutz, to a hand injury. SK coach Jessica Olsen
didn’t know the extent of the injury.
Let’s take a look at next week’s matches
Monday: South gets its shot at No. 3
Bellarmine while Bainbridge hosts rival Holy Names in a Metro
League contest. North Mason plays at Shelton in the first meeting
between the schools for the volleyball-version of the Mason County
Cup. Shelton beat NM in football 54-24 on Sept. 7.
Tuesday: In the Olympic League, the one that
sticks out the most is Klahowya at North Kitsap. Klahowya wants to
have the kind of success NK has had (four-time OL champs) and will
look to put itself on the map with a win over the Vikings. But the
Vikings are no pushovers. I’m going to give the edge to NK, winning
3-1, because they’ve been there before and the Eagles still must
prove themselves as a contender. … In another early key match, two
undefeated teams meet as Kingston travels to Sequim. I’m going to
go with Sequim, but it’s a close 3-1 match. … Port Angeles travels
down to Olympic to take on the Trojans, who I think will prevail
3-0. … Bremerton is at Port Townsend and should come away with a
Wednesday: CK is at Stadium and should pick
up a win there while South takes on No. 7 Gig Harbor. If SK is able
to get S Strutz back, that will be a close match. I’m going to go
with GH in five as BP and GH are clearly the top two teams in the
league right now. Bainbridge will face Eastside Catholic, ranked
No. 5, but the Spartans are tough. I’m going to go out on a limb
and say Bainbridge can win this match, 3-2.
Thursday: Another big night in the OL, but
these matches might be easier to predict. North Kitsap should beat
North Mason 3-0. … Olympic could have its hands full with Kingston.
I’m predicting the Trojans win 3-1. … Sequim travels to Klahowya
and may find a team riding a big high with a win against NK on
Tuesday, or coming out mad after a loss. Tough one to predict, but
I’ll say Sequim 3-2. Sequim’s OH Haleigh Harrison is tough to stop.
… Port Townsend makes the short trip to Port Angeles and the
Roughriders win 3-0. … Crosspoint takes on Bear Creek in Sea-Tac
League play, and loses a close 3-1 match.