Trojans outlast EJ in girls varsity volleyball

Posted 2/24/21

East Jefferson tested the Trojans Friday but Olympic escaped with a win in girls varsity volleyball during EJ’s second home stand of the young season Friday.

“I think all of the teams …

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Trojans outlast EJ in girls varsity volleyball

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East Jefferson tested the Trojans Friday but Olympic escaped with a win in girls varsity volleyball during EJ’s second home stand of the young season Friday.

“I think all of the teams had a lot of great success,” said East Jefferson Coach Emily Zenz.

“The two younger teams were able to pull out some wins. The varsity team; they fought really hard but they lost. It just came down to technicalities on their form,” she said.

It’s been a bit of tough sledding for the team, given the delayed start to the season due to the pandemic, as well as meshing players from Chimacum and Port Townsend high schools into one unit.

“We’re learning how to combine the schools; that’s a big challenge,” Zenz said, who quickly added there were plenty of positive takeaways so far.

“As a group, we have a lot of great skill. So I’m really excited to start working with them.”

The varsity team fell to Olympic, but got a chance to play five sets.

The Trojans wrapped up the first set, 25-13, but the second set was a close affair, 25-23, also going Olympic’s way.

East Jefferson rebounded to win the third set, 25-21.

The Trojans responded and forged a 25-22 win in the fourth set, then outlasted East Jefferson 16-14 in the fifth.

For East Jeff, Sophie Patterson finished with one ace, three kills and a tip.

Teammates Jessica Hawley added one kill, while Akira Anderson came to play with seven aces and seven kills.

Katie Ballard had one ace and one kill for EJ, and Macy Aumock added three aces.

EJ also got solid play from Maya Wickens, Cheyenne Crone-Wenzloff, and Alyssa Vandenberg, who contributed one ace apiece.

In C Team action, East Jefferson prevailed in all three sets.

EJ won the first 25-19, and the EJ offense overpowered Olympic 25-14 and 25-16 in the second and third sets, respectively.

Lilly Morrison was the standout player for the C Team.

“She seemed to keep the team in great spirits and she generally had a lot of great digs,” Zenz said.

Morrison was also instrumental in a seven-point run for East Jefferson on her serve.

“She was really carrying the team,” Zenz said, who added she was nominated by the EJ C Team as the athlete of the week.

The EJ junior varsity team also won in three sets; 25-18, 25-21, and 25-18.

Ellise Gardner, a freshman, was the team’s spark plug.

“She was killing it with her serves,” Zenz said.

“She was getting some good digs in there, and had some kills,” the coach added. “She was really keeping everybody positive and she was a great leader for the team for the night.”

East Jefferson was scheduled to play Kingston on the road Tuesday, and then travel to Sequim on Thursday for a date with the Wolves.

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