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Warrior netters earn first league win

King’s West’s Irene Moore spikes the ball over the net during the first game against Tacoma Baptist. The Warriors dumped the Crusaders 25-21, 26-24, 25-20 to earn their first SeaTac League win this season. - Photob by Jesse Beals
King’s West’s Irene Moore spikes the ball over the net during the first game against Tacoma Baptist. The Warriors dumped the Crusaders 25-21, 26-24, 25-20 to earn their first SeaTac League win this season.
— image credit: Photob by Jesse Beals

The King’s West volleyball team managed to do something Tuesday night their coach Dan Dittmer had never seen before.

A pretty impressive feat considering Dittmer began his coaching career at Chimacum High School, what he considers “another lifetime ago.”

The Warriors rallied from behind in every set in a 25-21, 26-24, 25-20 victory over Tacoma Baptist for their first SeaTac League win of the season.

None of those rallies, however, was quite as impressive as their performance in the late stages of the second game. Ahead 20-18, the Crusaders scored four consecutive points and the chess match began as Dittmer called a timeout before facing game point.

The Warriors came out and picked up three points of their own, seeming only to delay the inevitable before Tacoma Baptist went to the bench to talk things over.

Three more game points went to the Warriors and all of the sudden, the Crusaders’ six point lead had been completely erased. Tacoma Baptist called one final timeout but it was too late.

Momentum had taken a huge swing in the Warriors’ favor and after six unsuccessful tries at capturing a pivotal second game, the Crusaders watched the score get tied up and King’s West succeed on the only attempt they needed to put the game away.

“Wasn’t that something?” said Dittmer. “I had never seen that in my life. It was just incredible. One mistake and the game was over.”

In the first game, King’s West took the lead early at 9-5 before a 7-2 run gave Tacoma Baptist the lead. The Warriors quickly regained the lead and closed that one out.

Before the late heroics in the second game, it was a see-saw battle with the Crusaders picking up the first four points, the Warriors coming back to make it 9-7 and Tacoma Baptist turning right around with five unanswered points of their own.

The third and final game showed not every 3-0 volleyball match is a snore-fest. There was much more to it than that as again the Crusaders jumped out to an early edge, up 8-4. King’s West chipped away until they led 14-12.

Tacoma Baptist would retake the lead at 17-16 before successive 3-0 runs by each team made it 20-19.

Time for more of that Warrior magic again as King’s West repeated some of their second game success, scoring six unanswered points to close out the match.

It was about time things started bouncing the Warriors’ way. Dittmer said his team had faced a recent stretch where they lost 12 of 14 games, scoring 20 or more in 10 of the losses.

“So, so close,” he said. “These girls keep playing their hearts out. I can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Seven players took the court for King’s West in the match, each making a significant contribution. Sophomore Megan Spence led the way for the Warriors with seven kills and 10 digs. Irene Moore had a team-high 18 digs along with 2 kills. Lorraine Poe (14), Ainara Lightfoot (13) and Hannah Fontenot (11) also were in the double digits for King’s West in digs for the match.

Hayley McDermed added 16 assists for the Warriors and designated server Abigail Badger went 12-for-13 serving, including one ace.

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