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Lady Loggers sweep competition
DARRINGTON The Lady Loggers volleyball broke out the broom in their two matches Sept. 26 and 28.
Darrington improved to 4-2 in league play and 6-2 overall after defeating Friday Harbor 3-0 on the road Thursday, Sept. 28, and non-league opponent Sultan by an identical score Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Junior Maggie Wicken had five kills, two blocks and was a perfect 9-for-9 serving against Friday Harbor (0-4. 0-4). Sophomore Mandy Powell had 25 assists and two aces, freshman Natasha Green had four kills and only one hitting error in 20 attempts, seniors Jill Frable and Kristy Turner had six kills each. Turner, a 5-foot-3 setter, went 24-for-25 serving and that was in addition to six aces.
Although Darrington may be a small and sleepy community at the base of the beautiful Whitehorse Mountain, their volleyball team is gaining recognition around the region.
Powell was named the Seattle Times player of the week for her outstanding athletic hustle the week of Sept. 24-30.
Turner was selected as The Herald Athlete of the week the week of Sept. 17-23.
Juniors Kimi Woodward and Caitlin Pendergrass said they were excited about their teammates being acknowledged for their hard work.
I was excited for her, Woodward said. Not only two weeks in a row, but two different papers. I think thats pretty cool.
Powell seemed a bit embarrassed to receive the praise, but was quick to deflect the assistance to her teammates.
I am really excited and am proud of the team and how they played, the head coachs daughter said. It was the first time she had received the award in her two years at DHS.
The Lady Loggers volleyball team can probably point to a number of reasons why they swept their non-league match against Sultan 3-0, Wednesday, Sept. 27.
It was their second and last non-league match of the season. A rowdy and vocal group of about 10 Darrington football players cheered on their fellow Loggers.
Regardless of the actual reason, a fired up green and yellow clad squad swept the visiting Lady Turks in the Darrington Community Center 26-24, 25-20 and 25-17.
The Lady Loggers improved to 5-2 overall on the 2006 campaign, while the Lady Turks were left searching for their first win at 0-6.
Darrington was led by sophomore Mandy Powell, the Seattle Times player of the week, who had 28 assists and eight aces.
Turner, who was the reigning Herald Athlete of the week, had six kills on the brisk fall evening.
Wicken was seemingly all over the court and played a vital role with five kills, four aces and two blocks.
One-two-three Loggers, the Darrington squad yelled before entering the court for the third game.
Head coach Greg Powell said although he considered his teams performance a little frustrating at the end, it felt good to beat a larger 2A school.
We had no idea what to expect, coach Powell said. It was a good win for us. Sultan was really effective at moving around a lot. I thought Maggie and Jill Frable hit the ball as hard as they have all season. Kristy is just an awesome server. She has only missed about one of her last 80 serves.
The Lady Loggers return to action Thursday, Oct. 5, at home to face LaConner. JV starts at 5:15 p.m. and varsity action tips off at 7.