Kamiak goes 1-1 to open district play | Volleyball

By David Pan | Nov 07, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Camryn Woodworth and Grace Forster go up for a block during a Wes-King 4A match against Skyline Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lake Stevens High School.

After losing a lead and dropping the first set in its district opener, Kamiak refocused.

The Knights bounced back to defeated Skyline 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 in a Wes-King 4A volleyball tournament match Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lake Stevens High School.

Some unforced errors hampered Kamiak in the first set, which the Knights led 17-13 at one point.

“It was just getting back to basics again,” coach Jason Davis said. “We made the game as simple as possible and made Skyline play us instead of giving them free points. … after the first set, I think everybody kind of felt we let one go rather than us being dominated.”

It took a while for the Knights to understand what they needed to do against the Spartans.

“We got a feel for the team we were playing,” sophomore Marina Tukan said. “So we stepped up our game. … We were all super-focused.”

Kamiak’s hitters also started to assert themselves. The Knights ended up with a 41 percent kill percentage.

“That’s pretty high,” Davis said. “I haven’t seen too many teams that can pull that off on a regular basis. Our hitters are doing a great job.”

Tukan recorded 17 kills and 13 digs and junior Sarah Brachvogel had 14 kills. Woodworth dished out 50 assists and had 17 digs and senior Hannah Knutt finished with 10 kills and 26 digs.

“We started communicating more and we kind of got more in the groove of things,” Woodworth said. “We just had to reset. … We kept the momentum going.”

The victory sent the Knights (9-6 overall) into a quarterfinal match against Wesco 4A champion Lake Stevens (14-1), which prevailed 25-18, 25-12, 25-12. The Vikings had the luxury of a first round bye and were well-rested to face the Knights.

Sophomore Danica Pel had 16 digs and Woodworth finished with 12 assists.

“It’s pretty hard to play back-to-back best three out of five matches, especially when the home team gets to sit and wait,” Davis said. “That’s why you want the higher seed. … Give them all the credit. We didn’t play our best match for sure.

The loss sent Kamiak into loser-out match against Bothell on Tuesday, Nov. 6, after the Beacon’s deadline. In order to secure one of the five berths to the state tournament, the Knights will have to win at least three or possibly four matches.

Davis said that Kamiak needs to reduce its own miscues.

“It’s controlling what we can control,” he said. “If we can focus on what we can control …. and be real clean, not error free but relatively error free, it’ll help this team a lot.”

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