Warriors claim 10th victory

King’s West’s Megan Morris goes up for a kill in the Warriors win over Northwest Yeshiva. - Photo by James Mange
King’s West’s Megan Morris goes up for a kill in the Warriors win over Northwest Yeshiva.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The Warriors are hoping the old adage proves right. Losing senior spiker Megan Spence to a leg injury early in the season hasn’t slowed down the team so far and could well make the team better in the long run.

The Warriors disposed of Northwest Yeshiva in straight games Tuesday, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-21, to run their record to 10-1 on the year, 6-0 in the SeaTac League.

“We’re really balanced,” said coach Dan Dittmer. “While this may be the best team I have coached at King’s West, we have not reached our potential yet.”

The biggest part of the balanced attack may well be from behind the service line. Against Yeshiva, King’s West’s top six servers hit 64 out of 69 attempts in play, with 13 aces. Many of the other serves set up free balls and yielded quick attack points. Hannah Fontenot and Megan Morris both served

five aces in the match. Morris also connected on 13 kills and made four digs and one block. Fontenot had three kills and a pair of digs.

Liz Johnson turned in another solid all-around performance, smashing six kills, digging up six saves, and making two blocks. Irene Moore dished out 10 assists and made 11 digs. Hillary Sexauer pitched in with two aces and four blocks, while Samantha Kappert recorded three kills, one ace and one dig.

“When you lose a player the quality of Megan Spence, the loss will definitely impact a team,” Dittmer said. “I feel that is especially true at the 2B level, where depth is always an issue. In many respects, the loss of Megan has made us stronger in that each person has had to work more to pick up the void Megan left behind.”

Spence could be back yet before the end of the year, but how effective she’ll be is hard to gauge. What is known is that the next three weeks will show a lot more about the Warriors’ postseason potential. King’s West has never advanced beyond the district tournament.

“In our next four matches we play the top four teams in the league,” Dittmer said. “In my mind, we will have to pass better to be considered one of the elite teams of our league.”

Strong serving was the rule again Oct. 4, as the Warriors blitzed Summit in straight games, 25-4, 25-11 and 25-12. Moore fired 14 aces, and the team recorded 32 on the night. Morris was the leading attacker with 11 kills, and Johnson added seven. Moore set for eight assists and Kayla Shannon followed with seven.

The Warriors played at previously undefeated Rainier Christian Thursday. Results were unavailable as of press time.

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