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North Kitsap Vikings volleyball team takes Olympic League title
POULSBO — For the seniors on the North Kitsap High School volleyball team, winning the Olympic League title for the fourth year in a row might best be described by Sarah Baugh.
"It's icing on the cake," Baugh said on the Vikings home court Tuesday night. "Tell you what, four years in a row; that's awesome."
The Vikings defeated the Port Angeles Roughriders 5-4 for the league title and the top seed into the sub-districts. The team travels to Franklin Pierce Saturday to play in sub-districts at 9 a.m. Sub-districts will determine placement in the district tournament, which begins Oct. 4-5.
The victory for the Vikings did not come easily.
After the Vikings won the first game 25-16, PA returned fire with a 25-19 win in the second game.
Neither team seemed ready to back down, but it was the Vikings that quickly brought their score into double digits in the third game. When the first timeout was called, the Vikings lead 11-5. Though PA threatened a comeback, the Vikings ended the third game 25-19.
In the fourth, the Port Angeles team was ready to show the Vikings why it was in contention for the league title, leading 19-9 by the time Vikings head coach Tim French called a timeout. Port Angeles took the fourth game 25-16.
Baugh said the team was looking to change the momentum of the game, knowing the Vikings were headed into the fifth. Both teams had their ups and downs, she said.
It was the Vikings in the fifth game to take back the lead and ultimately the final win of the regular season; ending the game 15-10.
"It don't even know how to explain it, we just wanted (the title) really bad," Baugh said.
The Vikings are seeking their second State return.
During the 2010-11 season, the team went to State for the first time in the program's history. The team lost its first two games against Selah and Lynden.
"For them to fight back every time they did lose a game, that just shows what they are really made of," French said of the Vikings Tuesday night.
Final match scores: 25-16, 16-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-10
Sarah Baugh — 30 kills, 19 assists, 17 digs; Nicole Weber — 4 kills, 28 assists, 10 digs, 1 block; Meaghan Houser — 18 digs, 1 block; Kalie Weible 2 digs; Moriah Hawkins — 10 digs, 1 ace (only ace for the team); Briar Perez — 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Jacquelyn Stenman — 1 kill, 1 block; Sarah Holt 9 digs.