Oak Harbor falls on Senior Night | Volleyball
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
September 21, 2012 · Updated 2:22 PM
Wrapping up a tough nonleague schedule, the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team lost 3-1 to visiting Lake Stevens Thursday, Sept. 20.
The Wildcats waded through six strong nonleague foes, including defending 2A state champion Burlington-Edison, two of the top Wesco 4A teams (Lake Stevens and Snohomish) and Wesco 3A South leader Glacier Peak, with a 2-4 record.
Oak Harbor now heads into Wesco 3A North action beginning with a 7 p.m. trip to Stanwood (3-3) Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Oak Harbor gave 5-1 Lake Stevens all it could handle in the Vikings' 25-11, 25-23, 13-25, 25-21 win.
The Wildcats celebrated Senior Night and coach Kerri Molitor started six seniors. The emotions of the evening helped contribute to the slow start, Molitor said. Oak Harbor was hurt by eight hitting errors; the Vikings had zero.
In game two, with several key underclassmen back in the lineup, Oak Harbor held a slight lead most of the set until Lake Stevens rallied from a 23-19 deficit to win.
Rebounding from the devastating finish of the previous game, Oak Harbor raced to a 12-1 lead behind three aces by Roshel Muzzall and two kills by sophomore Amelia Berner.
The Wildcats carried the momentum into the fourth game and worked to an 18-11 lead as Kayleigh Harper recorded three kills and two blocks.
The Vikings scored five straight points to get back into the game and eventually tied it at 21 as they finished the game on a 5-0 run.
Muzzall, a senior, collected 12 kills, 13 digs and four aces. Junior Harper, who sat out the first game, added 12 kills and six blocks.
Senior setter Taylor Nienhuis recorded 31 assists.
Other Oak Harbor seniors are Hannah Salmons, Kelsey Rankin, Ally McGuire, Stephanie Milliron and Hannah Christensen.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.