The South Bend Indians won a five-set battle against the North Beach Hyaks in Monday’s prep sports action.
South Bend 3, North Beach 2
South Bend outlasted North Beach in a close, hard-fought contest on Monday in Ocean Shores.
In a five-set thriller that saw each team score more than 20 points in each of the first four games, the Indians won 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 22-25 and 15-8.
“There were some good rallies tonight and every point was a fight,” South Bend head coach Kelsey Staats said.
The Indians (7-2 overall, 6-1 2B Pacific) had their typical strong service game on Monday, recording 20 aces as a team and went 89% from the service line.
Sophomore libero Hannah Jewell led South Bend with 20 digs, and Staats noted Kendall Harriman, Raydynn Morley, Dayna Estle and Reece Williams for their aggressive play at the net.
North Beach drops to 1-5 with the loss.
Forks 3, Ocosta 1
Ocosta battled but lost 3-1 to the Forks Spartans on Monday in Westport.
Ocosta (3-6 overall, 3-3 2B Central) rallied from down two games to win the third set, but eventually lost 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23.
Ocosta was led by Lillyan Barnum (11 kills), Alexia Bradley (11 kills, three solo blocks), Darci Perrette (11 assists) and Maddie Cuzdey (10 digs).
“Even coming away tonight with a loss, I am proud of how our team battled,” Ocosta head coach Erin Snider said. “They worked hard and executed on offense. Much improved from our last match.”
Ocosta 2, Raymond-South Bend 0
Ocosta clinched the second seed for the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Raymond-South Bend on Monday in Raymond.
The Wildcats (7-2, 5-1 2B Central) got a goal from Kylee Denny in the fifth minute on an assist from Miki Ness and doubled their lead on a goal from Ness off a feed from Natalie Carloza in the 62nd minute.
Ocosta goalkeeper Devyn Martin recorded her seventh shutout of the season, stopping all four RSB shots on goal she faced.
Missing three starters, including senior forward Ryann Raffelson, Ocosta only managed five shots on goal in the defensive-minded contest.
“Raymond’s defense came to play tonight and regularly beat us to the ball,” Ocosta head coach Mike King said. “We need someone to step up and take the lead for us when Raffelson isn’t here. Our defense continued to perform at a high level as they have all year.”
With the victory, Ocosta clinches the second seed in the 2B Central North League and will host a playoff game on Saturday.
RSB (4-4 overall and league) finishes third and will play on the road in a playoff opener on Saturday.
Opponents for both teams have yet to be determined.