Lady Bears’ state quest ends in clash with Kalama

Reach quarterfinal round
“We struggled to pass off serve receive,” said coach Marcy Boesel, “and while we had five kids with double digit digs, we had a lot of holes in our defense.”

YAKIMA – The Brewster varsity volleyball team that headed to Yakima with high hopes for a shot at the state trophy, ended out of the running for hardware at the 2017 WIAA Volleyball Championships at the SunDome last Friday, Nov. 10.
The Lady Bears, who held opponents scoreless while winning 42 consecutive sets through the regular season and into District competition, met their match at State against Mossyrock, 3-1, and came up short against Kalama, 3-2.
Earlier, the Lady Bears locked up the Central Washington 2B League title and defeated Bi-District 5/6 opponents Dayton, Tri-Cities Prep and Kittitas to take that trophy. As the state brackets filled and the quality of competition ramped up, Brewster was paired up with the Raymond Seagulls from the 2B Pacific in the first round of 16 played Thursday, Nov. 9.
In a three-set 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 sweep, the Lady Bears sent the Seagulls flying to the consolation round while Brewster advanced to the quarterfinals and Mossyrock, who won over Walla Walla Valley Academy, 3-2, and ascended a rung on the bracket ladder.
Stats v Raymond
Brooklynne Boesel: 15/15 serving, 4 aces, 13 kills, 16 assists, 14 digs.
Marta Martinez: 11/12 serving, 1 ace, 4 kills, 2 assists, 5 digs.
Sammi Emigh: 6/8 serving, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 block, 4 digs.
Maret Miller: 6/7 serving, 8 kills, 13 assists, 7 digs.
Karste Wright: 7/8 serving, 1 ace, 11 kills, 12 digs.
Elizabeth Stam: 1 kill, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Karina Martinez: 5 digs.
Abby Urias: 24/24 serving, 3 aces, 6 digs.
Anah Wulf: 1 dig.
Zulema Sotello: 1 dig.
The 10-1 Mossyrock Vikings of the 2B Central attacked with a vengeance in the first set and handed Brewster an 11-25 defeat but could not capitalize on the momentum. The Lady Bears dug in and rallied to a two-point, 25-23 win in the second and served notice that they did not take losing lightly. The next two hard-fought sets were decided by seven points in Mossyrock’s favor, 25-23 and 25-20.
“We struggled to pass off serve receive,” said coach Marcy Boesel, “and while we had five kids with double digit digs, we had a lot of holes in our defense.”
The loss sent the Lady Bears into the consolation bracket while Mossyrock reached the state finals and finished second to undefeated Colfax.
Stats v Mossyrock
Boesel: 16/16 serving, 1 ace, 13 kills, 13 assists, 18 digs.
M. Martinez: 9/11 serving, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 assist, 10 digs.
Emigh: 15/15 serving, 1 ace, 5 digs, 3 stuff blocks.
Miller: 11/12 serving, 1 ace, 11 kills, 15 assists, 12 digs, 2 stuff blocks.
Wright: 8/10 serving, 9 kills, 13 digs, 1 stuff block.
Stam: 10 digs.
K. Martinez: 5 digs.
Urias: 14/15 serving, 3 digs.
Wulf: 1 dig.
Brewster’s consolation opponent, Kalama, from the 2B Central, lost its quarterfinal match to Northwest Christian Colbert but won the best of five from the Lady Bears, 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 19-17, to finish sixth at state following a next-round loss to Napavine.
Stats v Kalama
Boesel: 18/18 serving, 22 kills, 30 digs, 21 assists, 2 stuff blocks.
M. Martinez: 5/6 serving, 1 ace, 2 stuff blocks, 2 assists, 12 digs.
Emigh: 21/21 serving 2 aces, 10 digs, 3 kills, 1 stuff block.
Miller: 15/16 serving, 4 aces, 9 kills, 22 digs, 23 assists, 2 stuff blocks.
Wright: 13/15 serving, 13 kills, 1 stuff block, 15 digs.
Stam: 18 digs, 3 kills, 1 stuff block.
K. Martinez 3 digs.
Urias: 13/13 serving, 1 dig.
Wulf: 3 digs, 17/18 serving, 4 aces.
“When looking back to where we were as a team a year ago at the state tournament, we’ve come a long way,” said Boesel. “We still have a lot of work to get where we want to go.”

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