Kamiak shows resiliency in come-from-behind victory | Volleyball

By David Pan | Oct 11, 2017

It was gut check time for Kamiak.

The Knights found themselves down 2-1 to Mount Vernon in a Wesco 4A volleyball match.

Kamiak rallied to take the next three sets to prevail 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-13 Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Mount Vernon High School.

“We dug our heels in. It was a tight match,” Kamiak coach Greg Post said. “We didn’t blink. We were able to maintain our focus and stay in the moment and do our jobs.”

After he went through all of the statistics, Post discovered that the Knights and Bulldogs finished with the same amount of points – 102.

Sophomore Sarah Brachvogel recorded 11 kills and junior Hannah Knutt contributed 9 kills, 11 digs and 3 aces. Senior Haley Gilbert had 30 digs.

Brachvogel and Knutt have been among the offensive leaders for Kamiak, but they aren’t the only ones opponents have to defend.

Senior Jaclyn Janczakowski and junior Quinci Flowers also are producing solid offensive numbers.

“It’s nice to have as many options as we do,” Post said. “Sometimes one of the athletes might not have the best night. It’s a short season. People get sick. It’s nice to have multiple options. All our eggs are not in one basket.”

The only loss for the Knights (7-1 in the league, 8-1 overall) was to league leader Lake Stevens (8-0, 8-0) in five sets – 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 25-9, 15-9. Kamiak had a lead in the first set and then let up a bit, Post said. The Knights came out tentative in the fourth set and the momentum shifted to the Vikings.

Post said that one of the lessons Kamiak took from the defeat is the team needed to work on its mental game.

“We’re making improvement there,” Post said. “We’re getting a little more mentally tough. … We need to be able to face adversity and be able to fight through it.”

In five of their victories, the Knights have won by a score of 3-0, a testament to the players’ ability to focus and take care of business, Post said.

“We’ve been working hard on getting in and out and not having any emotional or mental letdowns,” the Kamiak coach said.

Kamiak was scheduled to play Lake Stevens in a rematch on Tuesday, Oct. 10, after the Beacon’s deadline.

The goal in the second half of the regular season is to maintain the level of play.

“Our serve receive has been pretty good,” Post said. “We can turn that up a little bit. … We want to get more comfortable running our plays when in the system. I’m happy with most of the things we’re doing. It’s being able to maintain them and to be consistent.”

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