Kamiak beats Monroe, advances to 4A state volleyball tourney

MARYSVILLE — Kamiak took the last three sets for a come-from-behind win over Monroe in a winner-to-state District 1 4A volleyball tournament match Saturday.

“In my entire coaching career I have never experienced a more beautiful comeback by a team,” Kamiak head coach Natalie Bowie said about the victory.

“My girls fought. They’re beasts. They never say die,”

The Knights lost the first two sets, but rallied for the next three and sealed the win. Bowie had an interesting way of getting her team back into the game.

“(I told the team) ‘you have to pretend like you’re an Etch-a-Sketch and you have to shake it and start over,’” Bowie said about her pep-talk. “You have to come back and take the next three.”

And they did. With the victory, Kamiak locked up the second seed and are heading to the state championship tournament for the first time since 2011.

“This is an amazing group of girls. They enjoy the game and they enjoy each other and it’s really obvious,” Bowie said about her squad. “They’re just a really, really unique group of girls — and I say that in a good way. They’re a joy to coach.

“Hayley (Beiermann), she is a tough player. She got first-team all-Wesco for setting which is a huge accomplishment. She wanted this game so bad and she’s an incredible leader,” Bowie said. “Megan Hayes played an amazing game as well.

“One of the sweetest wins ever.”

At Marysville Pilchuck H.S.

Monroe252620239—2

Kamiak1524252515—3

Highlights—Monroe: none reported. Kamiak: Tiffany Nielson 10 kills, Bailey Cornett eight kills, Kat Anderson nine kills, Meghan Hayes 31 digs, Haley Beiermann 15 assists, 16 digs, Lara Mangulabnan 12 digs. Records—Monroe 9-10. Kamiak 13-4.

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