Warriors win again, lead Metro race
Aloha fights off Sunset's challenge to remain unbeaten in league
ALOHA - There's a long way to go for the Aloha volleyball team, but the Warriors are on the verge of something special.
Aloha, which snapped Jesuit's 138-match league winning streak back on Sept. 29, has continued to roll since then, running its league-leading record to 6-0 over the past week with wins over both Sunset and Westview. The Warriors knocked off Sunset 25-16, 22-25, 25-20, 25-12 at Aloha High School on Oct. 6, then came back Tuesday win at Westview by 25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 17-15.
In the win over Sunset - another of the league's top teams in recent years -- Aloha coach Kellie Scholl said she always knew the Apollos would present a challenge.
'Sunset played great defense, and we new that we would have to keep our composure, and keep swinging for the match to go our way,' she said.
Sunset, meanwhile, lost again on Tuesday, dropping a 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15 decision to Jesuit at Sunset High School and falling to 3-3 and third place in the Metro standings.
'We were in every game except the last one,' Sunset coach Lad Salness said of the loss to Aloha. 'We just made some mistakes at the wrong time in game three.'
The Warriors started fast in game one against Sunset, with Jennifer Hilgeman serving her team through a nine-point run that boosted their lead to 14-4. In that stretch, Amy Boswell notched five kills and also had two blocks (one assisted by Jasmine Osborne). Sunset closed within 22-15 on back-to-back kills by Nicole Nagel, but got no closer.
'We just didn't have an answer for Boswell,' Salness said.
The Apollos turned the tables in game two, however, and squared the match at one game each after winning 25-22. Key to that win were the efforts of Kaycee Smith, Nagel, Anne Marie Richards, Kendall Brock and Jenessa Taylor teaming up to defend the middle, while Maddie Fey and Emily Doyle set the table with digs and accurate passes.
'When Nicole Nagel is hitting and Jenessa's on the other side, we can be real aggressive,' Salness said.
The Apollos were dead-even with the Warriors most of the way through game three too, tied at 19-19 thanks to three Doyle service points before Aloha scored six of the game's final seven points to win.
'The girls started to get frustrated with Sunset's block and defense in games two and three,' Scholl admitted.
'Boswell got back to the front line and she gave us a bit of trouble,' Salness said. 'We just tried to stay even when she was in the front row and score points when she was in the back.'
Aloha hit its stride again in game four, though, and raced away to seal the victory with the 25-12 win.
'Once we settled in and just played the way we can, things seemed to go our way,' Scholl said.
For the match, Boswell had nine blocks and 28 kills, while teammate Amanda Goringe added 11 kills, 27 assists, and six digs. Osborne added four blocks, Tricia Nystrom had two blocks and seven digs, and Danielle Jones led in serve receive and added 13 digs.
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