Skyline volleyball team spiked from state playoffs

November 13, 2012

By Staff

Despite playing what its coach called its best volleyball of the year in beating Newport 3-1 to claim the KingCo 4A hardware and then cruising through regional action, the Skyline High School Spartans’ momentum waned as they ultimately lost their way Nov. 9 and 10 at the state tournament held at St. Martin’s University.

The Spartans, who made their presence known in their 2011 state appearance, rallied back to take a solid sixth-place trophy back home to Sammamish. They seemed to get off on the wrong foot this time out of the gate and finished ninth out of 16 teams.

Skyline lost its initial match to the hustling Union Titans in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21. Before they knew what had hit them, the Spartans found themselves in disarray and, in the Friday evening consolation bracket, one setback away from being an early casualty.

Skyline did some soul-searching and battled back against the Panthers of Wenatchee, after the big cats jumped out front, securing the first set, 25-23. The gals in green were not ready to be counted out just yet, however. They bounced back to win the next three sets, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-16, to cage Wenatchee.

Before Skyline knew what hit them the next day, the Auburn Riverside Ravens had flown away with the match, winning 25-20, 26-24, 25-20.

“We definitely had the size advantage over Union and Auburn Riverside, but they just didn’t make too many mistakes, and we couldn’t play our game or string any rhythm together,” Skyline head coach Callie Wesson said. “This game is all about momentum, and we never quite got it rolling this time around.”

In 20 encounters in its 2012 campaign, Skyline finished with a mark of 16-4.

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