Kamiak’s season comes to an end at district tourney | Volleyball

Knights struggle against Wolfpack
By David Robert Pan | Nov 08, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Grace Forster and Hannah Knutt go up for a block against Jackson’s Paige Wilson during a 4A Northwest District tournament match Saturday, Nov. 4, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Kamiak came up just short of advancing to the state volleyball tournament.

For the second time in less than a week, Jackson defeated the Knights to take the second and final district berth to the 4A tournament. The Timberwolves prevailed 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 in a winner-to-state/loser-out Northwest District match Saturday, Nov. 4, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

“They really peaked at the right time,” Kamiak coach Greg Post said. “They earned this victory absolutely. They were scrappier, if it was possible than the last time we played them in districts. It was really hard to put a ball down on them. They were swinging really powerfully.”

The Knights (13-4) appeared to be on the verge of a victory against Jackson when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in a semifinal match on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Kamiak High School.

The Wolfpack, however, had other ideas and staged a stunning rally to defeat Kamiak 21-25. 25-27, 25-22, 26-24, 15-13. Jackson then lost 25-11, 27-25, 25-18 to Lake Stevens in the district championship match on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

After the Knights took the 2-0 lead, they might have relaxed a little bit.

“Our passing broke down sometimes,” Post said. “I think that is what really cost us the fourth set.”

Senior Jaclyn Janczakowski led Kamiak with nine kills.

Kamiak rebounded to beat Mount Vernon 25-19, 25-21, 26-24 and Monroe 25-21, 20-25, 25-13, 25-15 in back-to-back loser-out matches on Thursday, Nov. 2, to advance to Saturday’s match.

Sophomore Sarah Brachevogel recorded six kills and senior Sam Gregory had 14 assists against the Bulldogs. Junior Grace Forster had six kills and junior Quini Flowers had five kills against the Bearcats. Senior Haley Gilbert recorded 10 digs and Gregory dished out 15 assists.

“Eventually every team except the No. 1 is going to hit the ceiling and Jackson seemed to be ours,” Post said.

Post noted that Kamiak doesn’t have a lot of height in its lineup.

“We need to move the ball around and every time we’d hit, we were looking for the next open spot,” Post said. “We’d find the open shot and they’d get it up. They kept coming back at us. Credit to them and their coaching staff.”

Post told the players to focus on the team’s successes this season, which included a second-place finish in the league. The only two league losses were to district champion Lake Stevens.

“It’s just a really good group of kids,” Post said of the Knights. “There’s no drama. Everybody genuinely loves each other.”

Kamiak graduates four seniors – co-captains Janczakowski and Gilbert, Gregory and Sloane Spencer.

The Knights will return a solid core of players including Flowers, Forster, Brachvogel and juniors Aanna Tukan and Hannah Knutt. Four freshmen Adriana Kimpton, Marina Tukan, Danica Pel and Camryn Woodworth – also should be major contributors next season.

“I think going forward the next year … we’ll be there,” Post said. “We’ll be in there to make another run at going to state.”

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