KW spikers nail down trip to state tourney

The King’s West volleyball team takes time after qualifying for the 2B WIAA State Volleyball Championships for a team photo. - Courtesy photo
The King’s West volleyball team takes time after qualifying for the 2B WIAA State Volleyball Championships for a team photo.
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For the first time in school history, the King’s West volleyball team will be bumping, setting and spiking at the state 2B tournament. The Warrior women had to survive two do-or-die matches at last weekend’s district tournament, both against teams they’d lost to earlier in the season.

KW started the Tri-District tourney by losing a tough five-game match to Life Christian 18-25, 25-20, 12-25, 25-20 and 7-15 on Friday afternoon. That evening the team defeated Evergreen Lutheran in three games 25-17, 25-22 and 25-21 to set up their Saturday run. The twin Megans powered the offense in that match, with Megan Morris smashing 12 kills and Megan Spence adding 10. Irene Moore set for 32 assists.

The team opened action on Saturday winning a marathon match with Orcas Island 25-12, 25-11, 22-25, 21-25 and 15-12.

KW followed with a loss to SeaTac League champions Rainier Christian 18-25, 16-25 and 18-25, but rebounded with a thrilling 3-1 victory against Bear Creek to secure the spot in the state finals.

King’s West won the first two games of that match 25-18 and 25-20, then dropped a 23-25 decision. With the Warriors leading 18-15 in the final game, Hannah Fontenot served the final seven points.

“Only one was an ace,” coach Dan Dittmer said, “but all the rest were hit so hard they couldn’t do anything with them. We were getting all free balls. The girls were drooling.”

Morris hit 17 kills in the deciding match, adding three blocks. Spence had six blocks for kills and made five attack kills.

For the tournament, the team served an incredible 95-percent. Fontenot led in aces with 15 and Moore added seven. Morris was the team leader in attack kills, punching out 60 over the two days. Spence had 36 and Liz Johnson added 22. Fontenot and Moore each had 13.

Moore led in assists with 142 and she and Spence tied for the lead in digs with 46 each. Johnson was right behind with 45, Morris made 38 and Fontenot came up with 28. The team also did well in blocking the ball, with Spence making 23 blocks for kills, Morris 11 and Johnson six.

The state tourney began yesterday when KW battled Wilbur-Creston, the undefeated BI County League champions, at the SunDome in Yakima.

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