The Bainbridge girls volleyball team dropped its first match in the Class 3A district playoffs against Prairie 3-0.
The Spartans fell early and tried to chase back in each set. However, the Spartans lost 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.
But the Spartans fired back with their own sweep against Kentlake, reaching the second day of districts.
BHS coach Andy Stephens said, “After the loss, the team took the break between games to reset and looked and played more relaxed in the elimination match against Kentlake.”
The Spartans won the three sets 25-12, 25-21 and 25-20.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Bainbridge ran up against Peninsula. But the Spartans fell short, being swept 3-0.
The season also is over for No. 13 seeded North Kitsap, which went 0-2 in the state 2A playoffs and failed to win a set in either match. The Vikings began its run against No. 4 seeded Burlington-Edison Tigers Nov. 10.
Silvia Okunami scored the first point for the Vikings to help lead them to a 4-1 early lead. NK scrambled several times but held onto a lead until 11-11. Both teams battled back and forth until the Tigers took a 16-15 lead.
NK remained within striking distance when Ireland Burdick piled up a couple of kills. But the Vikings ended up falling 25-19. In the second set, the Vikings took another early lead after Teegan Devries hit two crosscourt kills and B-E made some errors. But the Tigers tied it at 10-10, then went on a 15-6 run to end the set at 25-16.
After being shut down the first couple of sets, Iliana Brockett looked to score some points for the Vikings. She earned three of her five kills within NK’s first 10 points of the third set. In addition, Burdick tallied up some stats toward the end of the match, finishing with five kills, three aces and two blocks. However, B-E completed the sweep with a 25-18 victory.
NK played its second game at night against Black Hills. The Vikings took an early 5-1 lead in the first set after Devries flung a ball over the net despite it bouncing off the net first. Black Hills responded until Okunami earned her first kill of the match. After taking a 5-1 lead, NK was outscored 24-5 to lose the set 25-10.
In the second set, NK scored in all types of ways. Okunami and Burdick picked up a couple of kills, Coriana McMillian earned an ace and Brockett earned a block to take a 5-4 lead. However, NK stumbled again, and Black Hills ran away with a 25-16 set win.
The Vikings battled through half of the third set, trailing 10-8. Yet, another late Black Hills run knocked NK out of the state tourney. The Vikings ended the season on a four-game losing streak.
Central Kitsap will be heading to the state championships after running through opponents in the consolation bracket.
The Cougars swept their first match at a 3A district tournament against Kentlake. The Cougars came into the match as the lower seed but stunned Kentlake and faced Prairie in their second battle.
CK pushed Prairie into five sets in the quarterfinals. However, the Cougars fell a few points short and headed to the consolation quarterfinals against Silas whom they beat 3-2.
The Cougars also beat Spanaway Lake 3-2 to qualify for state.
South Kitsap came in as one the lowest seeds in the 4A district tournament and drew Camas. The Wolves fell 3-0.
South Kitsap responded with a couple of upsets. The Wolves defeated Graham-Kapowsin and Union 3-2 to reach the consolation semifinals.
SK was swept by Puyallup and played a winner-to-state, loser-out game against Bellarmine. The Wolves fell short of a state berth, losing 3-1.