MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Monroe had to win its final two matches of the regular season to qualify for the 4A District 1 tournament — now the Bearcats are just one win from advancing to state.
After sweeping Cascade 3-0 earlier in the day, the Bearcats outlasted Jackson 3-2 Thursday to earn the right to play Kamiak on Saturday for the district’s final state berth.
“It’s been a mental challenge,” Monroe head coach April Munoz said of her team’s recent run.
Jessica Clark had 24 kills and 18 digs to lead the Bearcats over Jackson. Meredith Teague chipped in 13 kills.
The Bearcats are 0-2 against Kamiak this season, but they will have to find a way to win on Saturday for their season to continue.
“At this point they need to rest their bodies before they’re ready to go out there and fight,” Munoz said. “I think (we have to overcome) the fact that Kamiak has taken us. Kamiak’s a strong, quick team, so we have to outsmart them, that’s what it’s going to come down to.”
At Mountlake Terrace H.S.
Highlights: Monroe—Mina Duong 21 digs; Jessica Clark 18 digs, 24 kills; Meredith Teague 13 kills; Amalia Ruiz 24 assists; Aly Hadden 21 assists; Ally Barber nine kills, four aces. Jackson—Grace Jarnagin 42 assists, four aces; Alex Crittenden 21 kills; Karlee Robison 26 digs; Madison Phan 12 digs. Records—Monroe 9-9, Jackson 9-8.