Knights preparing for playoffs | Volleyball

Kamiak clinches berth to districts
By David Pan | Oct 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Marina Tukan reaches for the ball against Jackson.

Kamiak appears to be elevating its level of play at the right time.

Heading into Tuesday night’s final regular season match against winless Cascade, the Knights have won three out of their last four matches, including a 26-24, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Mount Vernon in a Wesco 4A volleyball match Thursday, Oct. 25, at Kamiak High School.

Kamiak clinched a district playoff berth to the Wes-King 4A tournament that starts Saturday, Nov. 3.

Junior Sarah Brachvogel led the Knights (7-6 in the league, 7-6 overall) with a match-high 15 kills and senior Quinci Flowers added 10 kills. Senior Hannah Knutt recorded 9 kills and 11 digs and senior Caitlin Koonce had 16 digs. Kamiak swept the season series against the Bulldogs (6-7, 6-7).

“We’re just trying to continue to improve,” Kamiak coach Jason Davis said. “I’m totally impressed. They keep grinding away.”

Earlier in the week, Jackson (8-5, 8-5) rallied to defeat Kamiak 12-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Jackson High School.

So much of volleyball is a mind game, Davis said, and the Knights’ mental game took a dip after the first set.

“We’re really strong and then drop a little bit,” Davis said. “It spiraled out of control against Jackson.”

Kamiak also didn’t defend the cross-court shot very well.

“We tend to move around too much and don’t pay attention to where the ball is going,” Davis said.

The Kamiak coach was glad to see the Knights respond later in the week against Mount Vernon.

“The team is mentally strong,” Davis said. “These kids have a great outlook on things. They tend to rebound easy, much better than the coaching staff.”

Outside hitters Knutt and Brachvogel have powered the offense toward the end of the season.

“They’ve really caught fire,” Davis said. “In the last three or four matches (Sarah) has really improved. Over the last half of the season, she’s become one of our vocal leaders.”

Knutt always has been a leader with the Knights and in some respects, “when she plays well, we tend to play well,” Davis added.

Sophomore middle hitter Marina Tukan also has been effective on offense.

“I feel pretty good,” Davis said of how the Knights are currently playing. “We’ve had moments that you can see the potential of this team. They know they’ve seen it. It’s harassing that potential.”

Depending on Tuesday’s results, Kamiak will be either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed and will play Saturday, Nov. 3 against an opponent yet to be determined at either Lake Stevens or the Kingco No. 1 seed.

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