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Volleyball: Everett edges Oak Harbor, creates 4-way tie
Oak Harbor now has company at the top of the Wesco 3A volleyball standings thanks to a 3-2 loss to visiting Everett Monday, Oct. 4.
The 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 19-25, 15-12 win by the Seagulls enabled Everett, Meadowdale and Shorewood to move into a four-way tie for first with Oak Harbor with 2-1 league records.
Wildcat coach Kerri Molitor was disappointed in her club's effort against Everett: "We did not play well; it didn't feel like we showed up to play."
Molitor said Oak Harbor, which has struggled offensively all season, leans on its defense for success. When its defense falters, as against Everett, it's tough to win. She said, "We didn't play defense the way we normally do; we were out of position and we had a lot of hesitation. With our offense, we can't give away points."
The Wildcats had trouble containing Everett's hard-hitting Emily Liger, who registered 23 kills; she also topped the Seagull defense with 17 digs.
Her 23 kills were more than the Oak Harbor team total of 20. Kristine Bouchard had six and Roshel Muzzall five.
Molitor noted that Oak Harbor had more hitting errors than kills.
Bouchard also had three blocks and Muzzall two aces. Jordan Faralan recorded 15 assists.
In game one, Oak Harbor fell behind 6-1 but rallied to take a 21-17 lead. The Seagulls then spurted to a 24-23 lead before Oak Harbor recovered behind a Kelsey Terrazas-Cooley ace and Amanda Blau kill.
Oak Harbor was down 23-18 in the second game when it narrowed the lead to one on two tips and a kill by Mandy Kepner and a Muzzall ace, but the 'Gulls withstood the rally.
Everett outscored Oak Harbor 6-1 at the end of game three to blow open a close set, then the Wildcats returned the favor by outscoring Everett 8-3 at the end of the fourth game.
Oak Harbor stayed close but never led in game five.
Oak Harbor (2-1, 5-2) goes to Meadowdale (2-1, 2-5) Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.