MILL CREEK – Volleyball is all about the bump, set and spike.
But when your serves are hitting nothing but the hardwood, like they did for the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats Tuesday night, you needn’t worry about the basics.
Behind 24 aces from their servers, Archbishop Murphy defeated Lakewood in three games (25-14, 25-15, 25-15) at Archbishop Murphy High School in a Cascade Conference match.
“Most of the games started off pretty even,” Wildcats coach Mike Bettinghouse said, “but we had a server get hot and that allowed us to get on a run.”
Alyssa Smith had four aces and Patti Reeves and Rachel Shober had six aces apiece to lead the Wildcats (4-1 in league, 4-2 overall). Lakewood is 2-3, 3-3.
“We rely on our aggressive serving attack,” Bettinghouse said.
Smith finished with six kills and Shober added five. Reeves had 15 assists for Archbishop Murphy.
“We are expecting a lot this season. We have a lot of talent and not much experience,” Bettinghouse said.
The Wildcats have a strong mixture of youth – Smith and Shober are sophomores, Shober is a junior – and get senior leadership from their libero, Allie Gotz.
“Allie keeps the ball in play. Every game she’s doing something remarkable,” Bettinghouse said.
King’s 3, Sultan 0: At Sultan, King’s (5-0 league and overall) swept Sultan 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 in the Cascade Conference match. Sultan (0-5) was led by Emma Donaldson’s 10 digs and Olivia Chanthamalay’s nine digs. For King’s Erin Bremond had eight kills, Kailey Trautmann had 16 kills and 14 digs, Anna Cesari had 17 assists and three aces and Andrea Ubence had five aces.
Granite Falls 3, South Whidbey 1: At Granite Falls, Michaella Dudder led Granite Falls past South Whidbey (2-3 league and overall) in Cascade Conference play, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16. Dudder finished with 17 kills and Taylor Sannom was 12-for-12 setting for the Tigers (2-3, 2-3).
Cedarcrest 3, Coupeville 1: At Coupeville, Kristen McKinlay had 10 aces, nine kills and three blocks to help lead Cedarcrest (4-1 in league and overall) to the Cascade Conference victory over Coupeville (1-4, 2-4). The Red Wolves lost the opening set 19-25, but rebounded, winning the next three 25-14, 25-12 and 25-18. Amber Shields had 26 assists, and three kills, Betsy Anderson had six aces and six kills and Kaylen McRae added four aces and six kills for Cedarcrest. Kayla Lawson had nine assists, Corinne Gaddis had five aces and five kills and Hayley Ebersole had 11 digs for Coupeville.
Marysville-Pilchuck 3, Everett 1: At Everett, Nancy Couls had 10 kills and an ace, Kristeen Juarez had nine kills and three aces, Jessica Masters had eight kills and two aces and Laura Degerness had six kills and two aces to lead Marysville-Pilchuck (2-3 overall) to a 25-15, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20 Wesco North win over Everett (2-3). For the Seagulls, Maureen Frauenholtz had nine kills, Paige Coleman had five kills and nine aces, Erika Hornyak had five kills and 11 digs, Lauren Hope had 17 digs and Jacqui Bayne had 17 assists.
Shoreline Christian 3, Concrete 0: At Shoreline, Julia DeKoekkoek had 10 kills and Ann Marie Visser added 17 assists to lead Shoreline Christian (4-1 in league, 4-2 overall) to the 25-14, 25-10, 25-8, Northwest 1A/2B League win over Concrete (0-5, 0-6).
Lopez Island 3, Master’s Touch 0: At Arlington, Lopez Island (5-0 league and overall) defeated Master’s Touch, 25-15, 25-8, 25-6 in Northwest 1B action. Sharaya Burrows led the Falcons (2-2, 2-3) with four kills.
Jackson 5, Shorewood 2: At Mill Creek, Jackson’s Robin Choi won a third-set tiebreaker to complete a singles sweep for the Timberwolves in the Wesco South meet.
At Jackson H.S.
Singles-Oam (J) def. Douglass, 6-0, 6-2; Lin (J) def. Shin, 6-1, 6-0; Buser (J) def. Wilson, 6-1, 6-4; Choi (J) def. Stern, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). Doubles-Mestel-Knutson (S) def. Kang-Rojas, 6-4, 6-0; Bae-Luangrath (J) def. Reni-McConnell, 6-3, 6-4; Medrash-Benjamin (S) def. Turner-Stave, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. Records-Shorewood 7-2 division and overall. Jackson 7-1.
Shorecrest 7, Lynnwood 0: At Shoreline, Raymond Dalton won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles to preserve Shorecrest’s sweep of the Wesco South meet.
At Shorecrest H.S.
Singles-Dehmel (S) def. Ansdell, 6-0, 6-0; LaCourse (S) def. Jackson, 6-1, 6-0; Hollenback-Landraitus (S) def. A. Nguyen, 6-0, 6-0; Dalton (S) def. Sim, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6). Doubles-Ehrlichman-Sharkey (S) def. Konev-Wieber, 6-0, 6-1; Olson-C. Uppinghouse (S) def. Robertson-B. Nguyen, 6-2, 6-0; Meilleur-Jambor (S) def. Magnenat-Sine, 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5). Records-Lynnwood 0-9 division and overall. Shorecrest 4-5.
Mountlake Terrace 5, Mariner 2: At Everett, behind 1-4 in the third set, Mariner’s Windy Sihombing came from behind to win the No. 4 singles match, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4, in the Wesco South meet.
At Mariner H.S.
Singles-Bouche (MT) def. Thor, 6-1, 6-1; Truong (MT) def. C. Chu, 6-1, 6-3; McMahon (MT) def. Bustos, 6-3, 6-0; Sihombing (M) def. Muskabage, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4. Doubles-Chung-Lee (M) def. Vo-Lee, 6-4, 6-4; Floresca-Berry (MT) def. Abarro-Syharath, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Kim-Raunid (MT) def. Tran-Seng, 6-4, 6-1. Records-Mariner 1-8 division and overall. Mountlake Terrace 3-6.