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4* Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 District competition begins tomorrow By EMILY HANSON emib/@masoncoun , com The Shelton volleyball team has had one mantra all season: "Play hard, learn the game and don't judge us until the league tournament; we will be better," head coach Steve Beck said. On Saturday, that mantra proved accurate. The Lady Highclimbers grabbed the No. 3 seed into the 3A West Central District III tournament after entering the 3A Narrows League tourna- ment ranked fifth. The team's first district match is 3:30 p.m. tomorrow against Prairie at Auburn Mountainview High School. Shelton defeated Central Kitsap to take third place in a heavily contested match. The Lady Highclimbers won the first two games 25-22, 25-21, but Central Kitsap came back to win the next two games 25- 17, 29-27. In the fifth game, Shelten narrowly defeated Central Kit- sap 17-15. "It was a no-pressure situ- ation for us to start, but as we started playing well and the potential to win emerged, it became very intense," Beck said. With both teams tied at 15 in the final game of the match, Central Kitsap made an error and then Shelton senior out- side hitter Kennedy O'Connor finished it with a kill. "It was maybe one of Shel- ton's most fun league finishes," Beck said. He said the match against Central Kitsap was a test for the individual athletes and for the team as a whole. Junior setter Kiara Budge served 20-of-21 with three aces. She also had 37 assists and 17 digs. Senior middle blocker Heather Johnson served 20-of-20 with four kills and two blocks, and senior li- bero Georgette Lugalia served 12-of-13 with five kills and 25 digs. O'Connor served 14-of-18 with two aces, 12 kills and 17 digs. "Georgette was a key play- er, poking holes from the back row," Beck said. "Kennedy hit hard, opening up the middle for our players." The victory came after Shel- ton defeated Lincoln on Satur- day 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 in the first round of the league tour- nament. "We did not play too special, but we won," Beck said. "We were more consistent than they were." Budge served 18-of-18 with two aces, 17 assists and 13 digs, while Johnson served 14- of-14 with two kills and two blocks and Lugalia served 10- of-10 with 10 digs. Several days before the league tournament, Capital defeated Shelton 25-6, 25-15, 25-6 on Oct. 28 in both teams' final regular season match. "Points were hard to get and they attacked smart, fast and with power," Beck said. "We played some good rallies." Budge served 6-of-7 with nine assists, while O'Connor served 5-of-5 with four kills and seven digs, Lugalia served 4-of-4 with 13 digs and John- son served 4-of-4. By EMILY HANSON emify@masoncoun .com The North Mason vol- leyball team hasn't been to the2A West Central District Tournament since 2011, the last year former head coach Bob Stevens coached the team. Tomorrow, the Lady Bulldogs make their comebacl~ North Mason (7-9) finished f~h in the 2A Olympic League on Oct. 30 ai r losing 17-25, 22- 25, 23-25 at Bremerton. "We did better against Bremerton than the last time, but we just weren't able to see each set through to the end," head coach Kanoe Lilly said. "There were a few times when even a six-point lead was not enough of a margin to close out a win." There are three things Lilly said the Lady Bull- dogs will take from the loss against Bremerton into the first round of dis- tricts -- 5:15 p.m. tomor- row at Franklin Pierce High School; opponent to be determined. The first is that the girls trust each other and know they are there to support one another, Lilly said. She said the second is the team knows it has been given tools and options. "We will see more suc- cess when we use those tools," she added. Finally, the girls will celebrate the fact that they made it to the postseason. "Now is the time to hold our heads high, know- ing that there are many teams that are done, but we're still in, playing, competing and enjoying the sport," she said. North Mason moved into the league's fii~h-place spot Oct. 28 with a home victory against Port Ange- les, 25-20, 27-25, 25-19. The ~am started last week with a victory Oct. 27 at Kingston, 25-14, 25- 19, 25-21. "We played well, with six of our players achiev- ing 100 percent serving," Lilly said. "Our hitters used smart plays to gen- erate points while our de- fensive players did a great job protecting the court through digs and blocks." North Mason senior Jennifer } Beattie spikes the ball over the net Oct. 28 during the Lady Bulldogs' home match against Port Angeles. 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