Kingston keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Bainbridge

According to the WIAA, Kingston is just outside the top 25 in the 2A volleyball rankings. However, it sits one game behind Port Angeles, ranked 21st.

Kingston kept its playoff hopes alive with a road victory over the Bainbridge Spartans 3-1 Oct. 19. When the Buccaneers offense was clicking, they were unpredictable.

Kingston took an early 10-6 lead in the first set before surrendering a few service errors. After several kill attempts went out of bounds, Kingston led 14-11, forcing the Spartans to take their first timeout of the night.

Spartans Jameson Payne and Isabel White took control shortly after the timeout, tying the game at 14. Yet, the Buccaneers responded with a handful of points to take a 20-17 lead. Kingston carried away, winning the first set 25-21.

Kingston’s offense clicked early in the second set, scoring seven of the first 10 points. After a Bainbridge timeout halfway through the set, the Spartans’ offense led a comeback. The two squads were interlocked at 21 before trading multiple points.

Bainbridge took its first lead of the night at 26-25. And the Spartans won the next point, taking the second set 27-25.

After splitting the first two sets, Kingston’s offense began to ignite. In the third and fourth sets, the Buccaneers took early 6-1 leads. In addition, Bainbridge took two timeouts at similar moments, 10-3 in the third set and 10-4 in the fourth.

Coincidentally, both sets ended 25-13 in Kingston’s favor. Buccaneers’ Brooke Steele helped set the offense through outside hitters Grace Mosco and Lily Wright. The trio allowed Kingston to finish the night on a 50-26 run.

Bainbridge only led once in the entire match when they won the second set tiebreaker.

Bainbridge only led once in the entire match when they won the second set tiebreaker.