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Sports Roundup -- Spikers win, Braves loom/Saucier leads golfers to win/Triathlete gets top three spot

Spikers win, Braves loom

The Spartan volleyball team defeated the Eastside Catholic Crusaders 25-18, 25-13 and 25-22 for their fourth straight league win and to stay not only undefeated for the season but tied with Bishop Blanchet for the Mountain Division lead.

“We came out pretty strong,” head coach Julie Miller said. “The JV and C-teams had really close games, and there were some boys from Eastside that were cheering really loud, so by the time the girls got out on the court, they were ready.

“We had control of the match from start to finish,” she continued. “We had good passing and good blocking while they were struggling with their passing, so they couldn’t get that good of a set.”

Everyone got to play for the Spartans, as Kelcey Dunaway had six blocks and seven kills, while Hannah Stuart had 11 kills, 15 digs and three blocks.

Ali Post had 16 assists, and Hillary Grant had nine digs.

The Spartans will participate in the Mount Vernon Invitational today, then face off against the Braves at Paski Gymnasium Monday to do battle for the division lead.

Miller said her squad should be ready to take on the defending state champs.

“It’s the kind of match that will go five games,” she said. “We’ve got to be prepared mentally so you’re not surprised that it goes to five.

“They’re up for the match,” she continued. “They’re excited. They’re not dreading it. They’re ready for the competition.”

Game time is at 6 p.m.

Saucier leads golfers to win

Katie Saucier continues to medal and the Bainbridge girls golf team continues to win.

The Spartans easily defeated Bishop Blanchet 140-75 on Tuesday, then defeated Rainier Beach 144-52 on Thursday for their eighth win in their last nine matches.

Saucier shot a 38 at Wing Point to score 43 Stableford points, then shot a 40 at Jefferson Municipal in Beacon Hill to score 41 points. She bogeyed the first four holes, then reeled off five straight pars to recover.

Saucier had two birdies on Tuesday. Rachel Frease was right behind her, scoring 36 points on Tuesday. She struggled a bit on Thursday as she double bogeyed the first two holes, but recovered to par three out of the last seven. She finished with 33 points.

Melanie Trygg was third on Tuesday as she scored 33 points, then had a great day on Thursday, scoring three pars en route to a score of 38 points.

Marley Horne rounded out the scoring with 28 points on Tuesday and 32 points on Thursday.

Bainbridge will take on Lakeside and Holy Names Tuesday at Wing Point. Tee time is at 3 p.m.

Triathlete gets top three spot

The third time was the charm for local triathlete Sarah Bullock.

Literally.

Bullock, 39, finished third in the female division in the 26th annual Black Hills Triathlon in Olympia recently.

The event consists of a 3/4-mile swim at Deep Lake, a 30-mile bike ride on rural roads around Olympia and a 5-mile trail run at Millersylvania Park. The triathlon attracts many Olympic caliber athletes because of the distance run. Many triathlons consist of sprint runs.

Bullock’s time of 2:29.47 was good enough to finish behind Sara Quan of Bend, Ore. and Heidi Grimm of Steilacoom. She placed 33rd out of 199 finishers overall.

“I felt good going into the race,” she said. “I was hoping to finish high. That was my goal.”

Bullock finished 11th in last year’s race. The year before she finished 17th.

A competitive swimmer in college, Bullock said she did well in the swim competition, finishing tenth, but in the bike portion of the triathlon, she held her own in what is her weakest event, according to her.

“The bike is where I improved,” she said. “I took five minutes off my time.”

Bullock also trained with the masters swim team and credited Lynn Wells for helping her improve in that area.

She started competing in triathlons five years ago simply because she felt it was a “nice challenge.”

She’s done for the year, but will compete next year as she will be eligible for the masters division.

“It seems in triathlons the older they get, the more competitive it is,” she said.

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