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OHHS volleyball team competes in districts

OAK HARBOR, Wa – Oak Harbor hosted half of the volleyball district tournament on Monday Oct. 31. This double elimination tournament helped determine who would compete during State.

Meadowdale, Lynnwood, and Ferndale gathered in the gymnasium and the field house to compete. In the first round Lynwood beat Ferndale 3-1, as Oak Harbor faced the Everett Seagulls in an exciting match-up.

“We beat them [Everett] twice in our regular season, but you can’t just expect a win,” said junior Kelsey Rankin.

In game one, Oak Harbor gained an early lead 7-2, then fell 10-9, but pulled through for the win 25-17. In the second game, Everett led 14-13 and went on a surprising 8-1 run to pull for the win.

Oak Harbor regained momentum in game three, gaining a 9-1 lead as Everett never got closer than six points. Kayleigh Harper and Janine DeGuzman scored on tips, Roshell Muzzall and Taylor Nienhuis had impressive kills and Hannah Salmons added an ace. OHHS overcame a bad start in game four and seemed to have finished the game with a 24-22 lead. However, Everett finished with four straight kills to win the match. The game was then tied and forcing another game to be played.

In the fifth and final game, both teams seemed out of sync. But with minor Wildcat mistakes, Everett came out victorious 15-12. With the loss against Everett, the Wildcats need to win against Ferndale to still qualify for state.

In the Field House, Oak Harbor faced Ferndale. The Wildcats shook off their tough loss and beat the Eagles in a 3 game sweep.

The Wildcats went up 8-2 in game one with kills from Harper, Muzzall and Salmons, and a Harper-Muzzall block winning the game at 25-14. In the second game, Oak Harbor built a 7-2. A 6-0 Wildcat run with kills from Muzzall, DeGuzman and Rankin, had the Wildcats breathing a little easier, making the game easier to win at 25-19. Oak Harbor held a 13-11 lead in game three, and then scored nine straight points that featured four kills from Harper and a kill and block by Muzzall, helping lead the wildcats to a 25-15 win.

“Winning that game [against Ferndale] was really important,” stated Rankin. “We can’t make any more mistakes.”

Altogether, that night Harper led the team with 23 kills and 3 blocks. Muzzall had 22 kills and Taylor Nienhuis had 54 assists. Janine Deguzman led the team in digs with 44.

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