Volleyball: Shorewood drops 'Cats from 2nd to 4th

Oak Harbor dropped from second to fourth in the tightly packed Wesco 3A volleyball standings after losing 3-2 to visiting Shorewood Thursday, Oct. 14.

The Wildcats, now 3-3 (6-4), are tied in fourth with Glacier Peak. Meadowdale, 5-1, is in first, followed by Everett and Shorewood at 4-2. Four league matches remain.

The top six teams move on to district.

Shorewood won the thriller over the 'Cats 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10.

In game one, the Thunderbirds came from three down to take a 24-19 lead. The Wildcats narrowed the gap to 24-23 before Shorewood secured the match.

Down 11-3 in the second game, Oak Harbor exploded to go on top 20-14. Christina Alexander served eight of those points and Janessa Ramos provided three kills during the run.

Game three was tight, no lead was greater than two, until Shorewood moved in front 20-17.

Oak Harbor finished game four with a 7-2 run to pick up the win. An ace from Roshel Muzzall, kills from Kristine Bouchard and Ramos, and a stuff block from Bouchard and Amanda Blau highlighted the strong finish.

In the deciding game, after a 4-4 tie, Shorewood slowly pulled away.

Oak Harbor coach Kerri Molitor said the difference between this loss and the two the 'Cats dropped last week was that "tonight we were still performing, still fighting."

Jordan Faralan dished out 28 assists, while Ramos and Bouchard each finished with eight kills and Muzzall six.

Molitor said the defense was led by Janine DeGuzman, who "played really well."

The Wildcats go to Mountlake Terrace (1-5, 3-7) Tuesday, Oct. 19, then host Lynnwood (2-4, 6-4) Thursday, Oct. 21.

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