Sports Roundup -- Spikers beat Sealth in yawner/Kickers battle to 2-2 draw with CK/Poloists dunk Peninsula, 19-4

Hannah Stuart spikes the ball during recent play. - JIM BRYANT photo
Hannah Stuart spikes the ball during recent play.
— image credit: JIM BRYANT photo

Spikers beat Sealth in yawner

The Spartans sweep aside the Seahawks, going 3-0 in nonleague play.

It may not have been the most exciting game, but a win is a win.

The Spartan varsity volleyball team continued its early-season run by defeating the Chief Sealth Seahawks in three games, 25-16, 25-9 and 25-11, at Paski Gymnasium Monday evening to stay undefeated in the season.

They haven’t lost a game since the opener in South Kitsap.

Head coach Julie Miller said the Seahawks were without several players due to eligibilty issues.

“They’re normally a much better team than that,” she said.

Bainbridge took the first two games, but in the third, Chief Sealth went up 2-0 due to Spartan miscommunication.

Bainbridge came back to tie the game at two, then went ahead thanks to a well- placed dink by middle hitter Marijke Schwarz Smith.

The Seahawks tied it at three, but the Spartans went ahead for good on a cross-court kill by outside hitter Sabrina Tan.

Chief Sealth couldn’t catch up as they had difficulty defending the short spikes and dinks from Schwarz Smith.

Despite the victory, Miller said it was difficult for the team to stay on target.

“It was hard to stay focused because there was no rhythm to the game,” she said. “Given that, I think they did OK.”

Schwarz Smith finished with nine kills and one ace, while Tan had nine digs and five aces.

Outside hitter Hannah Stuart had seven kills and two aces, while Kelcey Dunaway had four kills, three blocks and one ace.

Setter Allison Post had 12 assists and three aces.

The Spartans travel to Cleveland to face the Eagles at 6 p.m. today in their last nonleague game. They participate in the Monroe Invite on Saturday.

Kickers battle to 2-2 draw with CK

It was a different game for the Spartans girls soccer team on Saturday.

Central Kitsap’s Alissa Russell scored with five minutes left in the game as Bainbridge and the Cougars battled to a 2-2 tie at Silverdale Stadium.

Bainbridge coach Mark Grindrod said the team had difficulty getting used to the artificial turf at the stadium, but he scheduled the game to test the players as many of their opponents in the Metro League play on the surface.

“One of the players came up to me and said, ‘The ball got away from me on the turf,’ and I said ‘OK, I’ll accept that,’” Grindrod said. “It played a factor on us losing the ball on the offensive end.”

The Spartans struck first as Allie Picha scored on a header via Zena Hemmen’s corner kick in the 39th minute.

In the second half, Russell scored in the 48th minute on an assist from Brandi Hamre as she busted through a group of players in front of the Spartan goal.

Hemmen put Bainbridge back ahead in the 61st minute on a pass from Kelsey Deveraux, but Russell tied it back up in the 75th minute when Russell headed one in off of Hamre’s corner kick.

Grindrod was impressed with the Cougar’s play.

“They’re a good 4A team,” he said. “They’re in the top three if not in the top two. They’ll be up there with Gig Harbor and South Kitsap.”

He also felt his squad had a chance to win, but couldn’t get their shots in.

“We dominated the passing game, but the shots we did take weren’t quality shots,” he said.

Maureen Callahan left the game with a shin injury. It’s unknown how long she’ll be out of action.

Bainbridge played Seattle Prep yesterday at home. They’ll travel to Seattle to face Holy Names tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

Poloists dunk Peninsula, 19-4

Team Ray made a big splash in its season opener, easily defeating Peninsula 19-4 Sunday at Ray Williamson Pool.

Head coach Zoltan Tusnadi was happy with his team’s play.

“I think we played really well,” he said. “We need to work on our passing and executing some of our offense, but our defense played extremely well.

“It got me pretty excited to watch what these guys can do this year.”

Tamas Torok, an exchange student from Hungary and Jake Santelli led the team with five goals apiece. Santelli also had an assist.

John Swanson had three assists and two goals while Austin Hallet had two goals and two assists.

Calen Ball and Richie Moore had two goals each while Cooper Ashley chipped in a goal.

Team Ray took 33 shots on goal, while goalie Cheyne Clark had 13 saves.

The JV team lost 10-2 in a scrimmage with a Peninsula team made up of varsity and junior varsity members.

The squad will face Curtis at Curtis High School tomorrow at 7:20 p.m.

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