NK volleyball finishes 8th at state

The North Kitsap girls volleyball team finished eighth place in the 2A state tournament.

After losing their opening game to Enumclaw Nov. 18, the Vikings were sent to the losers bracket and later that night beat Ephrata 3-0.

That put them in the consolation semifinals against Fife. The Trojans just a week before upset the Vikings 3-0 in the district tournament.

But it was a different story the morning of Oct. 19 at the Yakima Sundome.

In what had to be one of their biggest wins of the year, the Vikings held off Fife 3-2 to advance to play Mark Morris for seventh place later that day.

The 12th seed surprised the 10th seed rather easily 3-0.

The Vikings finsihed the season with a record of 21-4.

In their opening games against Enumclaw, the No. 10 Vikings and No. 7 Hornets were locked at 14-14, but NK senior Maddie Pryde earned a few points in a row on a drop shot, tip and ace. Seniors continued to carry the first set as middle blocker Mary Allen and setter Sophia Baugh were responsible for three of the last five points as North Kitsap won 25-22.

The Hornets responded in the second set. Left outside hitter Kennedy Pond dominated at the net throughout all four sets. In the second set, Pond was responsible for four of the first five Enumclaw points.

Since the Hornets controlled the net, they were able to place the ball in any location. Pond and middle blocker Bella Firnkoess were able to score willingly down the middle and left side of the court. NK’s backline scrambled the whole second set, falling 25-7.

NK freshman Iliana Brockett began to impact the game in the beginning of the third set with a couple of cross-court kills. Although the Vikings had an 8-6 lead, Brockett could not carry the offense on her own. Enumclaw clawed its way back and split points with the Vikings.

The two squads were tied at 15-15 before Enumclaw’s offense tore up the court again. Pond led the Hornets on a 10-5 run to take the third set 25-20.

NK came back fiery in the fourth set, taking a 4-0 lead. Mackenzie Phillips sparked the Vikings second wind. Yet, Enumclaw handled the momentum swing and bounced back.

The two squads were tied at 14-14 before Enumclaw went on a 10-1 run. Even though the Vikings earned a few points, they fell 25-18 in the last set.