It was a rough day for local 2B Pacific League volleyball teams on Saturday as all five Twin Harbors teams failed to reach the semifinal round of the 2B District IV Tournament.
Willapa Valley, Ocosta, Raymond, North Beach and South Bend all failed to win the required two games needed for a state-berth qualification and were relegated to the consolation bracket after Saturday’s opening-round district games.
The Ocosta Wildcats opened district play on a good note, defeating Onalaska in straight sets Saturday morning in Westport.
The Pacific League’s No. 2 seed, Ocosta was led by Layne Martin’s 10 kills and 11 digs and 22 assists from setter Emily Snider in the 25-7, 25-11 and 25-18 victory.
But Ocosta ran into trouble against Toutle Lake in the quarterfinal round, suffering a 3-1 loss to send the Wildcats to the consolation bracket and ending Ocosta’s hopes of a district title.
Ocosta lost the first two sets 25-17 and 25-13 before winning the third set 25-19.
But the Ducks took a closely-contested fourth set 25-22 to defeat the Wildcats.
Kiana Morrow had 12 kills and 10 blocks in the loss while Evalyn Marsh recorded 26 digs and Snider added 33 assists for Ocosta.
“I thought the girls came out ready and excited to play,” Ocosta head coach Barbara Rasmus said about the start of the day for the Wildcats before turning her attention to the Toutle Lake loss. “The girls played a good game. (Toutle Lake) had good defense and has a strong team this year. We competed today.”
Ocosta plays Northwest Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in South Bend.
Raymond, the No. 3 seed out of the Pacific League, fell in four sets to Napavine to open tournament play.
Playing sluggish early in the day, the Seagulls lost 25-23, 25-16, 20-25 and 26-24 on Saturday at Kalama High School.
“We did not really get off the bus and start this one well,” Raymond head coach Bob Swogger said. “We didn’t start attacking the ball with any level of consistency until the third set. We played a little scared and not to lose rather than playing to win.”
With only two Raymond players entering the tournament with previous district tourney experience, the Seagulls committed uncharacteristic errors from the service line, according to Swogger.
Tina Sypaphay led Raymond with 10 kills and five aces. Destiny Souvannavanh had nine kills and two aces for the Seagulls.
Raymond cleaned things up against North Beach in the consolation round, winning in four sets by scores of 25-12, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-16.
Raymond had 21 aces as a team, led by Sidney Swogger, who recorded 12 in the game. Sypaphay led Raymond with 11 kills.
Raymond takes on Toledo at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in South Bend.
Willapa Valley Vikings
The top seed and Pacific League champion Willapa Valley Vikings started the day with a straight-set victory over No. 8 Adna, but the Vikings ran into trouble against No. 4 Wahkiakum in the quarterfinal round, losing 3-0 on Saturday at Willapa Valley High School.
The Vikings will face No. 7 Onalaska in the consolation bracket at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Menlo.
South Bend Indians
South Bend opened the district tournament with a 3-0 loss to No. 1 seed Mossyrock on Saturday morning at Mossyrock High School.
The Indians season ended later that day with a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Ilwaco.
North Beach Hyaks
North Beach lost in straight-sets to No. 2 Kalama on Saturday morning at Kalama High School and fell in four sets to Raymond later in the day, ending the Hyaks season.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Ocosta sends four runners to state
The Ocosta Wildcats cross country team will be sending four runners to state.
Dylan Todd, Natalie Cain and twins Matthew and William Idso all qualified for the state tournament with their performances at the 1B/2B District IV Championships on Saturday in Onalaska.
Todd had the highest placement of any local 2B competitor, finishing the 5K boys race in eighth place with a time of 16:33.68, passing three runners over the final 100 meters to crack the top 10.
The sophomore’s time beat his previous personal-best by 47 seconds.
Fellow Ocosta sophomores, William and Matthew Idso placed 18th and 21st, respectively, to earn a state-meet qualification. William finished with a time of 17:26.20 with Matthew crossing the line with a time of 17:29.90.
Cain qualified for state with a time of 21:49.49, placing 29th in a field of 85 competitors.
The 1B/2B WIAA State XC Meet is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.