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Darrington wins twice
The Darrington Logger volleyball team has been having a prolific season this year. Led by the all-around excellence of setter Mandy Powell, the group has been disposing of Northwest 2B League foes one after another. This past week they took down Shoreline Christian 3-1 and Mount Vernon Christian 3-0.
The Oct. 16 match against Shoreline was harder than Coach Greg Powell expected it to be. The Loggers had swept Shoreline at home but had to gut out a four-set victory on the road 25-23, 16-25, 25-15, 26-24.
Shoreline Christian gave us all we could handle with their size and energy, said Coach Powell. Had it not been for a great fourth game comeback, the match would have gone five games and Shoreline has won all five of their five-game matches this year.
The Loggers used the serving of Kimi Woodward and some great floor defense to edge out Shoreline. Woodward served seven straight points in the fourth and deciding game as the Loggers fought from a deep hole to take a 24-23 lead. Shoreline tied the match with a strong outside hit but middle Maggie Wicken quickly put Darrington back in front with a tip kill. Karisa Clark sewed up the victory with a powerful spike.
To be able to come back like that gives us a great confidence building experience, added Coach Powell.
Mandy Powell finished with 27 assists, 15 digs, and three service aces. Maggie Wicken had 10 kills and three blocks. Caitline Pendergrass finished with six kills and a perfect 16 for 16 performance serving. Woodward led the defense with 22 digs.
In their second game of the week, Darrington blew past Mount Vernon Christian on Oct. 18 by a score of 25-10, 25-12, 25-17. The Loggers were never threatened as they cruised to victory in their last home match of the season. Freshman Hailey Wales led the Loggers with 11 kills, two blocks, and three service aces. Maggie Wicken finished with five kills and four blocks. Caitlin Pendergrass also contributed five kills and three service aces. Mandy Powell gave out 27 assists and had 21 digs. Outside hitter Jordan Corley returned to action after two weeks nursing a badly sprained ankle.
The Loggers recognized nine seniors this season: Kristinia Cabe, Karissa Clark, Jordan Corley, Natasha Green, Shayla Hooper, Jamie Johnson, Caitlin Pendergrass, Maggie Wicken, and Kimi Woodward.
Darringtons current record is 9-2 league, 10-3 overall.