Oak Harbor honored its seniors Thursday night (from the left): Andrea Ruben, Samantha Hines, Hailee Blau, Sherilyne Fernandez, Kristina Tirado and Kia Ceya. Because you are wondering, Blau is 6-foot, 3-inches; Fernandez is 5-0. (Photo by John Fisken)

Wildcats grab playoff spot with win / Volleyball

The Oak Harbor High School volleyball team honored its seniors by clinching a spot in the postseason with a 3-0 win over visiting Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday, Oct. 19.

The Wildcats, now 5-5 in league and 6-6 overall, secured one of the nine Wesco berths in the playoffs by downing the winless Tomahawks 25-19, 25-20, 25-14.

Oak Harbor has two regular-season matches remaining. It hosts Shorecrest (3-7, 3-9) at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and then travels to Everett (6-4, 7-5) for a 7 p.m. match Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Oak Harbor 3, Marysville-Pilchuck 0

The Wildcats held Senior Night, honoring Hailee Blau, Kia Ceya, Sherilyne Fernandez, Samantha Hines, Andrea Ruben and Kristina Tirado before the match, then the six helped take down the Tomahawks.

“It was really nice to play all my seniors,” coach Kerri Molitor said. “All of them did a great job, especially since emotions were running high with Senior Night.”

The Wildcats methodically put away M-P in the opening game. The Tomahawks, however, put up a stronger fight in the second set, coming within two, 19-17 late. An ace by Hines and a kill by Cami Bristow led the strong finish by Oak Harbor.

The Wildcats led 5-3 in the third game, then went on a 12-4 run to put the match away. During the run, Blau fired two aces and two kills, Camden Miller added two aces, Bristow recorded a pair of kills and Leielle Salinger put up a block.

Blau finished the match with 12 kills, three aces and six digs; Tirado added six kills, four aces and six digs; Miller had 26 assists and two aces; Ceirra Dean collected eight digs; and Ceya gunned three aces.

 

Kia Ceya serves one of her three aces in Thursday’s match. (Photo by John Fisken)

Sherilyne Fernandez puts the ball in play for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Kristina Tirado goes on the attack for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)