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Wildcats break through for first Metro League win

Westview sweeps Beaverton by winning key points in all three games last week
by: Miles Vance WINNERS — Westview’s Jackie Stein (center) celebrates a point with teammates Carly Steindorf (left) and Jessica Lautenback during their team’s three-game sweep of Beaverton last week.

BEAVERTON - The Beaverton volleyball team pushed Westview all night long.

And the Wildcats pushed back at all the right times, and used their resiliency to beat the Beavers in three straight games, winning 25-16, 25-23, 25-16 at Beaverton High School on Sept. 29.

The win, along with a 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-12 loss to Sunset on Tuesday, moved Westview's record to 1-3 in Metro League play. Beaverton, meanwhile, dropped a 21-5, 25-8, 25-10 decision to Aloha on Tuesday and fell to 0-4.

'I think what stood out is we worked it as a team every time,' said Westview junior outside hitter Sydney Blankinship. 'We didn't individually try to get the point back. We worked as a team to side out and get the point back.'

'Even though we got down, we responded, we played tough, came back and got our first win,' said Westview senior middle blocker Jackie Stein.

The Beavers left disappointed with the loss, but hopeful after leading until at least the midway point of the night's first two games.

'It's tough when you're up and then you let a couple get by you and it slips away,' said Beaverton senior setter Whitney Morrison. 'It's unfortunate, but we'll get it.'

'Next time, we'll definitely answer back,' added Beaverton senior outside hitter Justine Rennekamp. 'We're going to be the ones to get those couple first points and bring it back.'

In game one, Beaverton's Brooke Schwab notched two early kills, Morrison added an ace and Rennekamp a block to provide an early 10-6 lead.

But Stein won a sideout with a kill, and teammate Loren Losli then served the Cats through a five-point run that gave the team a 12-10 lead it would not relinquish. Westview edged away from there, with Stein getting three kills down the stretch including two of the last three points in the 25-16 win.

The Beavers were better and hung around even longer in game two, eventually pushing ahead 18-16 as Schwab served her team through a five-point run that included one ace and kills from both Justine Rennekamp and Morgan Rennekamp.

Westview tied the game at 19-19 on a Blankinship tip, though, took the lead for good at 21-20 on a crosscourt kill by Blankinship, pushed ahead 23-20 with Allie George serving, and won 25-23 when Adair Kealiinohomoku connected for a kill.

Likewise, Beaverton trailed just 10-9 midway through game three, but Blankinship notched a kill off the block for a sideout, and Danielle Arnold then served four straight aces to give Westview a 15-9 lead.

The Beavers moved back within 15-12 on a kill by Justine Rennekamp and a Westview hitting error, but the Wildcats pulled away to win with a 10-4 run late in the game. Stein and George had three kills each in that run to close out the match at 25-16.

'Every girl on the team is good, has different talents,' Blankinship said.

'Hopefully, this win will put us on a roll so we can keep winning and get our momentum going and finish our season strong,' Stein said. 'We're going to do great things this season.

Despite the loss, the Beavers remained confident of their chances to break through.

'We have good enthusiasm and we have good players and I have faith in all of them,' Morrison said.