Sports Roundup -- Spikers rally, down Blanchet/Ray sinks Crusaders/Silver finish for swimmers

Spartan Sabrina Tan watches a team try to return a shot against Bishop Blanchet. - JIM BRYANT photo
Spartan Sabrina Tan watches a team try to return a shot against Bishop Blanchet.
— image credit: JIM BRYANT photo

Spikers rally, down Blanchet

“Victory,” Napoleon Bonaparte once wrote, “belongs to the most persevering.”

The Bainbridge volleyball team made some mistakes, but was persistent in defeating the Bishop Blanchet Braves 25-17, 25-15, 20-25, 22-25 and 15-11 in front of a raucous crowd at Paski Gymnasium Monday.

The win kept the Spartans undefeated, with sole possession of the Mountain Division in the Metro League.

“It was a very big win,” Spartan head coach Julie Miller said. “Now they know they can’t be overconfident with any team, that they need to focus all the way through. It’s a good lesson (to learn.)”

The Spartans were in for a fight as the defending state champions quickly took the lead in the first game, but they battled back to keep the score close.

Bainbridge went ahead for good at 17-15 on a Hannah Stuart kill as Blanchet couldn’t overcome several mistakes, costing them dearly as they lost match point on an extra hit.

The Spartans easily took the second game, but in the third game, Blanchet libero Briauna Foster started digging out their kills and Bainbridge couldn’t keep their serve for more than a point at a time.

The Spartans also started pressing, as players were making mistakes all over the court.

“Some of these kids have never been in that (pressure) situation,” Miller said. “They (Blanchet) really picked up their game too, so that made it even scarier.”

“We just stopped playing with any energy,” Stuart said. “We just let up.”

In the fourth game, Bainbridge would eventually overcome a seven point Blanchet lead, pulling to within one at 23-22 on a Stuart dink.

But Blanchet forced the side out on a cross-court kill, then scored the match point when the Spartans were called for a carry.

Game five was a tenuous back and forth affair, as both teams took the lead at various points. Bainbridge took the lead at 7-6 when a Blanchet kill hit the net. They would go up 10-6 when Kelcey Dunaway’s kill went long, but was still in.

The Braves retook the serve and tied the score at ten, but the Spartans retook the lead and the serve for good when Blanchet’s serve went long.

But they wouldn’t go away, as Blanchet fought tooth and nail on the match point to try and retake the serve. After several great digs by both teams, Sabrina Tan hit the game-winning kill to pop the crowd and cause the bench to rush the court in celebration.

“It was a great way to finish it,” Miller said. “The way they went back and forth and back and forth, I thought it was great, because whoever wins at that point, it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a great rally by both teams.”

“I’m really proud of us,” Tan said of her team gutting out the win. “I’m glad we could pull it out.”

The Spartans finished second at the Mt. Vernon Invitational on Saturday, losing to Seattle Prep in the finals.

Bainbridge will play at Holy Names today at 6 p.m.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Ray sinks Crusaders

Team Ray is off to a strong start in league play, defeating Eastside Catholic 14-1 on Sunday and Shorewood 9-4 last Wednesday.

Tamas Torok led the club with five goals on Sunday. He also had four assists.

Jake Santelli had four goals and 12 steals, while Austin Hallett had two goals and a steal. Jon Swanson had a goal and five assists.

Dillon Maslach contributed to the cause with two goals and three steals.

The club team also placed fifth at the Northwest Fall Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way last weekend.

In their three wins, the squad held their opponents to six goals or less, as they defeated Curtis 11-5 but lost to Mercer Island 11-3 on Friday. They defeated Wilson 15-5 but lost to Newport 10-5 on Saturday, in what head coach Zoltan Tusnadi called a “disappointing loss.”

“For the most part, they didn’t show up mentally,” he said. “They showed up as Bainbridge Island Water Polo Club, not Team Ray. They didn’t play as they should have.”

The team rebounded to defeat Sammamish 8-4 on Sunday.

Team Ray travels back to the King County Aquatic Center to face Kentridge at 8 p.m. tonight, then hosts Newport this Friday at 5:20 p.m.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Silver finish for swimmers

The Bainbridge girls swim and dive team took silver at the Mukilteo Invite last weekend.

The Spartans finished second out of 24 teams with 545 points. Snohomish was first with 559, while Mercer Island, Kamiak and Bellevue rounded out the top five.

In the relays, Bainbridge was stellar, as the team of Tessa Griffin, India Wade, Keziah Beall and April Isa were first in the 200 free relay with a state qualifying time of 1:44.35.

Wade, Beall, Isabel Williams and Anne Scott were first in the 400 free relay with a state qualifying time of 3:40.60, while Williams, Scott, Griffin and Isa came in second to Bellevue in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:55.42.

Scott won the 50 freestyle with a state qualifying time of 24.06 and the 100 freestyle with a state qualifying time of 52.99.

Griffin was seventh with a time of 25.97.

Williams was first in the 100 butterfly with yet another state qualifying time of 59.58 and third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.92

Griffin was seventh in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.97. Beall and Wade were sixth and eighth in the 200 freestyle respectively, while Beall was also fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Wade was fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:28.25. Kristine Valdez was 11th in the 200 IM at 2:23.46.

Colby’s squad also defeated Mt. Rainier 122-64 at the dual meet championships last Saturday and Port Angeles 113-70 last Tuesday.

The Spartans faced Sequim yesterday and will travel to Mercer Island to face the Islanders and West Valley (Yakima).

– John Becerra, Jr.

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