Oak Harbor beats Everett in final regular season game / Volleyball

The Oak Harbor High School volleyball team built some momentum for the postseason by recording its fourth straight win, beating visiting Everett 3-1 Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Wildcats (6-6, 8-8) now face a loser-out, district tournament play-in match at Edmonds-Woodway (7-5, 8-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. A win puts Oak Harbor in the eight-team, double-elimination portion of the tournament which starts Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Edmonds-Woodway topped Oak Harbor 3-0 Oct. 11.

Oak Harbor defeated Everett 25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22.

With Andrea Ruben serving, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run in the relatively easy opening game win. From there, the competition tightened up.

The Wildcats trailed much of the second set but came within one, 20-19, before the Seagulls (2-10, 2-12) put the game away.

Oak Harbor was behind by as many as seven points in the third set before going an 8-1 run to lead 16-13. Hailee Blau had three kills and a block and Ruben two aces during the rally.

The set was tied at 20, then two kills by Samantha Hines and an ace by Camden Miller helped Oak Harbor secure the game.

Oak Harbor led the entire fourth game, including 17-10 and 21-15. The Seagulls fought back to 24-22, then a block by Blau scored the winner.

One of the keys to the victory over Everett was the performance of Hines, who contributed some timely kills among her 12, according to coach Kerri Molitor.

Blau stuffed the stat sheet with 25 kills, four blocks, four aces, two assists and 13 digs.

Ruben added six aces, 15 digs and 41 assists.

Cami Bristow finished with 10 kills and 15 digs, and Lauren May had 21 digs.

“We are starting to show more fight,” Molitor said. “We are playing better, which creates more confidence as we go into districts.”

Tuesday was Senior Night for Oak Harbor, and the Wildcats honored May and Julie Jansen before the contest.