Volleyball: Wildcats win, stay in title hunt

Oak Harbor kept pace in the crazy Wesco 3A volleyball race with a 3-1 win over Shorecrest Tuesday, Oct. 12, on the Wildcats' court.

The Wildcats (3-2, 6-3) entered the match in a four-way tie for third and came out in a four-way tie for second.

Meadowdale leads the way, one game up on Oak Harbor, Everett, Glacier Peak and Shorewood.

Oak Harbor can knock down one of the challengers Thursday, Oct. 14, when it hosts Shorewood at 7 p.m.

In the victory over Shorecrest (2-3, 3-6), the Wildcats won 26-24, 14-25, 25-22, 25-6.

In game one, Oak Harbor built a 15-11 lead, but the Scots bounced back to go on top 17-16. From there it remained close. Shorecrest led 24-23 before kills by Oak Harbor's Kristine Bouchard and Amanda Blau helped the 'Cats take the set.

I game two, Oak Harbor led 11-9, then it was all Shorecrest. The Scots scored eight straight points and won going away.

Game three was a nail-biter. Again the Wildcats built an early lead (17-10) only to see Shorecrest come back to within one (19-18). From there Oak Harbor clung to its lead for the win.

There was no drama in game four. With Jordan Faralan serving, Oak Harbor burst to an 11-0 lead. Two kills by Blau, two blocks by Bouchard and two aces from Faralan fueled the attack.

This time the Scots wouldn't come back. A kill from Bouchard, two more from Blau, two from Mandy Kepner and two others and an ace from Roshel Muzzall helped the Wildcats bury Shorecrest.

Faralan finished the night with no service errors, including a perfect 16-for-16 in the last game. She also had 35 assists to jump start an offense that has struggled at times this year.

Blau ended with 12 kills and two stuff blocks; Muzzall eight kills, two blocks and four aces; and Bouchard five blocks.

Coach Kerri Molitor praised super-sub Kepner who gave her club a spark: "Mandy has the most difficult job. She comes off the bench and has to enter the game in multiple positions."

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