Kamiak advances to second day of state tourney | Volleyball

By David Pan | Nov 21, 2018
Courtesy of: Heather Taylor Kamiak’s Camryn Woodworth (11) sets the ball, while Marina Tukan (14) and Quinci Flowers (10) watch during a 4A state tournament match against West Valley (Yakima) Friday, Nov. 16, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Kamiak wrapped up its most successful season in four years with a two-day run at the 4A state volleyball tournament.

The Knights went 1-1 on the first day, losing in the opening round to eventual state champion West Valley (Yakima) but coming back to defeat University Friday, Nov. 16, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Kamiak then closed out its season with a loss to Chiawana in a loser-out match on Saturday, Nov. 17.

First-year Knights coach Jason Davis noted that players were happy to be playing on Saturday.

“It was amazing,” he said. “The girls worked really hard all year. It was great to get to the second day and actually be playing for something.”

Chiawana defeated Kamiak 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 and then lost to Wesco 4A champion Lake Stevens in the seventh/eighth place match.

“We were pretty tired that point,” Davis said. “Chiawana is really good. They had a Hall of Fame coach who was just inducted. They had a lot of talent. They’re very scrappy. I thought we played a pretty good match. … Sometimes it doesn’t get going early. We fought tooth and nail. I was able to get a bunch of players in.”

Senior Hannah Knutt recorded seven kills and 11 digs and junior Sarah Brachvogel finished with seven kills. Sophomore Adriana Kimpton had 15 assists.

Knutt led the Knights with 22 kills and 11 digs in a 25-23, 27-29, 25-20, 25-22 victory over University. Brachvogel finished with 16 kills and sophomore Marina Tukan recorded 15 kills and 16 digs. Senior Aanna Tukan had 20 digs and sophomore Camryn Woodworth dished out 57 assists and had 18 digs.

The Knights (10-7) settled down after the first-round loss to West Valley.

“Our passing was much crisper,” Davis said. “Our offense was really clicking. We were keeping them out of system. We put some pressure on them.”

Both Knutt and Brachvogel had strong offensive performances with good setting by Woodworth, who also was a key defender.

“I think we played really solid defense in front with Quinci Flowers,” Davis added. “She really put up some solid play. … They had one particular middle, who could really dominate. Quinci did a great job.”

The victory meant that Kamiak finished as one of 12 teams still playing on the second day of the tournament.

“You have to be pretty proud of that,” Davis said.

The Knights drew the Rams as a first-round opponent and though they lost 25-20, 25-15, 25-14, Davis said that Kamiak play ed West Valley tough.

“Even our senior leadership knew what kind of stage we were on,” Davis said. “We had a hard time getting going. … We had a lot of nerves were trying to settle. I thought that they played pretty well.”

The Rams went on to defeat Richland to win the 4A state title.

Brachvogel led Kamiak with 10 kills and Woodworth finished with 23 assists.

The Knights will graduate six seniors, including three who earned all-league recognition – Knutt (second team), Aanna Tukan (second team) and Flowers (honorable mention). The other seniors include Caitlin Koonce, Grace Forster and Rachel Coleman.

“They really did a great job this year,” Davis said. “I’m grateful to have had that kind of experience.”

The return of Brachvogel, Marina Tukan and Woodworth gives Kamiak a foundation to build on.

“I feel like we have solid pieces,” Davis said. “We won’t be able to replace (the seniors). We can learn and grow and find new kids. That’s part of the process.”

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