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Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton senior right-side hitter Jessica Johnson makes a pass Sept. 24 during the Lady Highclimbers' home match against Lincoln in the Mini Dome, By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The Shelton volleyball team is making progress, but not yet seeing results. The Lady Highclimbers lost two 3A Narrows League matches last week at home. "There is no aspect of the game that I feel is really our strength yet," head coach Steve Beck said. "I'd like tougher serves and more de- fense- we don't read situa- tions well yet -- along with more control and power in the hitting end." Shelton started last week with a 3-0 loss to Central Kit- sap, 25-15, 25-19, 27-25. "We seem to struggle with nerves at home," Beck said, adding that the match started slowly for Shelton. "Our young hitters are try- ing to force the ball," Beck said. "(In game two) we played better, but struggled to serve very well. We had six service errors and only three aces on the other team for the night." Senior libero Georgette Lu- galia led the team at the serve line, making 12-of-13 serves. She also had 14 digs. Senior setter Kiara Budge made 17 assists and had eight digs. Senior outside hit- ter Kennedy O'Connor added nine kills, while senior middle blocker Heather Johnson had four kills. "We let game three get away from us," Beck said. "We made four or five really poor, unforced errors. You can't give a team you're in a close battle with that many easy points. We must continue to work on both our offense and defense." The Lady Highclimbers then lost 3-1 to Lincoln on Sept. 24, 25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22. "I thought as a team our intensity was much better," Beck said. "I liked how we fought for points. It was some solid progress from some of our younger players." He said the team needs to generate more offense. "We are taking lots of swings, but not getting enough kills," Beck said. "This can happen as our passing off serve-receive improves and as our hitting power and location develops more consistently." Lugalia was 11-of-ll serv- ing with 15 digs, while John- son made 16-of-17 serves with two aces and five kills. O'Connor made 14-o515 serves with eight kills, 15 digs and three blocks. Budge added 19 assists and 19 digs. "Georgette is really making good progress (as libero), but I do need another great passer or two," Beck said. "Lincoln served well." The Lady Highclimbers' success or failure boils down to two things, Beck said: reduc- ing unforced errors and play- ing with confidence. Shelton (2-3) plays at 6:30 p.m. today against Capital in the Mini Dome. O By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncount3z com Errors proved to be 25-13, 25-19. "In games three and four, we made too many hitting errors that im- good competition for us," Brehmeyer said. "It showed us our strengths and areas that still need She said the team is looking forward to its Oct. 14 rematch with Lake Quinault. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 -Mason County Journal - Page B-3 Owls lose varsity match will be after the 5:45 p.m. junior high match. momentum in road loss By EMILY HANSON emi @masoncoun corn On its first possession, Lopez Island scored a 75- yard touchdown Saturday. That dash may have also broke Mary M. Knight's spirit. Lopez Island went on to beat the Knight Owls 62-16. "Adam Pais got hurt (in the first quarter) and that was basically the end of the game," head coach Mike Bateman said. "Lopez Is- land went 75 yards on its first play to score a touch- down and the boys sort of quit. We couldn't stay fo- cused at all, unfortunately." The Lobos were able to take advantage of their quickness, the coach said. "We don't have very good team speed and that kills us," Bateman said. "If we don't contain on the outside, they're gone." Despite his injury, Pais, a senior running back, led the Owls with 50 yards on eight carries. Junior run- ning back Taylor Diggle had 40 yards on 19 carries and junior guard Mathew Thompson had 20 yards on 10 carries with one touch- down. Thompson scored on a 1-yard push into the end zone in the fourth quarter. The Knight Owls scored their first touchdown on a 26-yard pass from senior quarterback James Ander- son to freshman receiver Harley Kenyon in the sec- ond quarter. Anderson was 2-for-6 for 59 yards. Junior end Alec McGee caught Anderson's second pass for 33 yards. "Harley Kenyon got the game ball for his fine work on the field," Bateman said. "Mathew Thompson played very well until he got hurt Mary M. Knight's down- fall in two volleyball matches last week. On Sept. 23, Three Rivers Christian defeat- ed the Lady Owls 25-17, 25-13, 23-25, 22-25, 15- 13 in Vancouver. "This was an excellent match for both teams with great volleys," head coach Kitty Brehmeyer said. "We had 10 total missed serves all match, but five of those 10 were in the last game and gave Three Rivers the edge in points due to our errors." Senior Miranda Sowle led the team, making 20- of-20 serves with three aces and six kills. Junior Emily Ackley was 12- of-13 serving with eight digs. The team followed the loss Sept. 25 with a home loss to Lake Quinault 24-26, 25-23, pacted our score," Breh- meyer said. "Games one and two reflect how close the teams were matched." Sowle led the team once again, making 17- of-19 serves with eight kills. Senior Ashlin Fries served 16-of-17, while senior Melodie Snyder made three digs and two kills. In game two, Ack- ley made all six of her serves and had five digs. "Both matches were (in the fourth quarter)." Bateman said the Knight Owls are young and that ineligibility is killing the team. "We can't seem to keep the kids' grades up," he said. The Owls (0-3) play at 5 p.m. Saturday at Oakville. some attention. 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