Spartan spikers nail wolf pelts to the wall

Marijke Schwarz-Smith spikes with authority in the Spartan volleyball home win over Sequim Thursday.  - JIM BRYANT photo
Marijke Schwarz-Smith spikes with authority in the Spartan volleyball home win over Sequim Thursday.
— image credit: JIM BRYANT photo

Bainbridge opens season play with big wins over SK, Sequim.

The Spartan volleyball team added some wolf pelts to its trophy wall.

After defeating the South Kitsap Wolves three games to one on Tuesday at SK High, the Spartans swept the Sequim Wolves at home Thursday by scores of 25-21, 25-12 and 25-15, in a match that took just over an hour.

“Once we picked up the pace a little bit and we were trying to lower our sets to make the pace of the game go faster, I think that made a big difference,” head coach Julie Miller said.

In the first game, the Spartans and Wolves traded side outs until Sequim went on a quick run to take the lead.

The Wolves never led by more than two points and there were 10 ties until Bainbridge took the lead at 22-21 and scored three straight to take the first game.

In the second game, Bainbridge raced out to a 4-0 lead behind the jump serve of outside hitter Hannah Stuart. Sequim never caught up, as Stuart had several kills and outside hitter Sabrina Tan had two aces.

The third game was more of the same, as the Spartans raced out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back. The Wolves had trouble digging out kills by Tan, Stuart and middle-hitter Kelcey Dunaway.

“Sabrina is playing really, really well,” Miller said. “She’s reading the court really well and hitting really hard. She’s just stepped up and become the ‘Michelle’ (Miller, last year’s star) of this year so far.

She also praised the play of Stuart.

“Her jump serve is tough,” the coach said. “Both of them are taking that leadership role on the court and doing a great job.”

Tan said she is happy with her team’s start, but feels they can improve their court chatter.

“We feel really good as a team, but we need to work on our communication, and try to be more competitive and loud,” she said.

Tan finished with eight kills, eight digs and two aces. Setter Allison Post had 22 assists, while Stuart had seven kills, 12 digs and two aces.

In the 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 win over South Kitsap, Tan had eight kills, 20 digs and three aces, while Stuart had 16 kills, nine digs and two blocks.

Setter Alexa Seidl had 12 assists and 10 digs while libero Hillary Grant had 14 digs.

Bainbridge faces Chief Sealth at 6 p.m. Monday at Paski Gym.

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