Logger volleyball advances to state

The Darrington girls volleyball team played in the 2B tri-district playoffs at Edmonds-Woodway High School on Nov. 2-3.
The first match Friday night against No. 6 seed from SeaTac tournament, Evergreen Lutheran, went in favor of the Loggers 3-0. Scores from the individual games were 25-15, 25-14, 25-18.
We played a well played match, said Coach Greg Powell. We passed the ball almost perfectly all match. Mandy Powell set the ball using a lot of misdirection so they had very few blocks on their side.
The Loggers advanced to the quarterfinals to take on Life Christian, the No. 3 seed out of SeaTac. Darrington lost a heartbreaker in five sets 15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 13-15.
They had a big team that gave us some trouble at the net, said Coach Powell. It was a really disappointing loss.
One factor in the loss was the officiating as Mandy Powell was called for 15 illegal sets, a strange case.
The referee believe she brought her hands too low, said Coach Powell. Shes been setting like that her whole life and suddently it was illegal. It really took her off her game.
Darrington rebounded to defeat the No. 2 seed Seattle Lutheran in a loser-out game. After a slow start, the Loggers won 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21.
The win put us into a winner-to-state game with Bear Creek, the No. 4 seed from SeaTac, said Powell.
Darrington won that match 3-0, 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 to secure their ticket to the state tournament. Kaitlin Pendergrass had three monster kills in the third set to spark a rally from five points down for the Loggers.
In the last game of the day on Saturday Darrington played Rainier Christian for seeding at state. The Loggers won that match against the SeaTac league and tournament champions 3-2, 17-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-12.
Maggie Wicken at 58 attacked the tall Rainier front line with great success, finishing with 15 kills and two blocks. Pendergrass also finished with 13 kills and Powell closed her day with 45 assists and 20 digs.
The Loggers now advance to the state tournament in Yakima on Nov. 9-10. Their first match will be Nov. 9 against Manson.

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