Spikers stretch Sequim to the limit

"Oh, so close.The pressure was all on Olympic League leader Sequim before their regular-season finale against the Bainbridge High School girls' volleyball team. And then the Spartans gave them - almost - more than they could handle.The Wolves, needing a win to take the league title from Central Kitsap, prevailed in a Thursday night thriller on Bainbridge's home court, walking a tightrope until the final point in a 14-16, 15-9, 15-6, 9-15, 16-14 triumph.Despite the loss, Bainbridge (7-7) earned a loser-out playoff game Tuesday by virtue of being the second-place 3A team in the league. The winner advances to the 3A West Central District tournament.It was a great spectator match, said Bainbridge coach Julie Miller. The girls knew all the pressure was on Sequim because they were playing for the championship, so we came out firing.The fifth game, in particular, was a tense seesaw battle that saw sideouts nearly beyond count after reaching a 14-14 deadlock. Finally Sequim, losers of just one contest all season, used a slightly superior front-line attack to finish the contest on a kill, a missed Bainbridge serve and a shanked Spartan pass.We were the only team in the second half to take Sequim to five games, Miller said.She singled out the play of sophomore Carlie Miller, filling in for the injured Caiti Kruse. Miller recorded 30 assists and half a dozen digs. And Sarah Frazee, one of the team's anchor players, had one of the best games I've ever seen her play en route to 13 kills.Kristina Purdom added 12 kills, and Gretchen Gaither chipped in five service aces.I think they're feeling really good about where they're at, Miller said. They've worked hard the last few weeks to come together better than they have before.Frosh romp over Ridgetop, 52-24The Bainbridge freshman football team stayed on track for an undefeated season with a 52-24 home-field romp over Ridgetop Junior High of Silverdale Thursday afternoon.The Spartans dominated with a standout ground game, rushing for more than 315 yards and five touchdowns behind an offensive line that cleared holes for runners seemingly at will, co-coach Sean Eaton said.They had a fast team, but our team had huge holes and no way to be stopped, he said.Nick Linne led the parade with 114 yards on nine ball carries, and Andrew Hoover (5-80), Zack Ainsley (6-74), Dylan Preble (3-27), Andrew Shelton (4-20) and quarterback Joe Picha each scored rushing touchdowns.A sixth score came on Picha's 20-yard toss to receiver Mike Ersser. Matt Wauters converted five extra-point kicks.The offensive line of Matt Boss, Matt Nelson, Josh McDowell, Nick Blakey, Aaron Olanie and Wauters took care of business on the offensive end, with Ersser contributing several key crack-back blocks, while the defensive effort was equally outstanding.Nick Breslin led the charge with three tackles, an assist, a blocked kick and a 25-yard interception return. Shelton had two tackles, an assist and a sack, and Zack Townsend contributed a 64-yard interception return.Bainbridge (6-0) concludes its season the following Tuesday in a 3:30 contest at Port Angeles Junior High.Harrier team has four state runnersThe Bainbridge cross country team placed four runners in next week's state 3A tournament - and came with a single point of placing the entire boys' team in the Pasco event.At the West Central District 3A tournament, held on a 3,000-meter course at Fort Lewis Golf & Country Club, Bainbridge's boys' squad scored 64 points, just behind Yelm at 63, and first-place Lakes at 38. Qualifying for state was senior Evan Galloway, who placed third, and Andy Reese, who came in ninth.The girls as a team finished third as well in the six-team event, scoring 70 points behind White River and Yelm. Juniors Sarah Grue and Audrey Bennett were the Spartans' state qualifiers, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. "

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