(Taylor Newquist photo/Statesman Examiner)
Northport and Selkirk have been one of the best 1B volleyball programs in NE Washington and they showed why in their first NE 1B league matchup on Wednesday night. It was the first action for both squads.
With Statesman-Examiner reporter Taylor Newquist in attendance, the sports editor reported a back-and-forth game that ended in a Selkirk win 24-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19 and 15-11.
“It was extremely exciting but also to be able to get back out on the court,” Selkirk senior Bree Dawson said. “We have seven seniors on the team and we weren’t even sure if we were going to get a season, so we are very thankful to be able to play some games!”
Northport won the first set 25-24, but Selkirk struck back with a 25-17 second set victory. The Mustangs went up 2-1 in the match with a 25-23 set win. Then the Lady Rangers forced a fifth set by winning the next stanza 25-19. In the shortened set, Selkirk held on for the 15-11 win.
“I think we were all pretty nervous especially in the first game, but the whole team stayed upbeat and kept it together very well,” Dawson said. “I am very proud of the team. The games got pretty close but we all stayed in it and fought until the end.”
Selkirk senior Bree Dawson led her squad with 13 kills and the match-winning point. Nicole Lyons led Selkirk with 21 assists, while Aralee Robertson had five aces.
“I definitely think the nerves in the first couple games got to me and I didn’t play my best,” Dawson said. “But the first thing that has to happen to have a good hit is a good pass and good set and our back row and setter Nicole Lyons did very well so that I could get those kills. I am overall very excited to be back out on the court.”
Northport was led by Kylie Corcoran’s seven kills and 12 assists. Eliza Stark led the Mustangs with nine aces and McKenzie Malcom added 15 digs.