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Cougars top Bainbridge in battle of state teams

They’ve lost their best four hitters to graduation, but the Central Kitsap volleyball team didn’t lose a step.

The Cougars defeated the Bainbridge Spartans 25-12, 25-16 and 25-21 Thursday at Central Kitsap High School.

In a matchup of two teams that earned trophies at state last season, Central Kitsap used tough serves and good passing to sweep Bainbridge.

“I was really pleased with how our kids played,” coach Gordy Bushaw said. “We’ve got really inexperienced hitters and I’m really happy with how they’re coming together.”

The Cougars took control of the first game and didn’t let up, as outside hitter Katrina Hill and middle blocker Tara Patton scored the majority of the points while outside hitter Trisha Patton unleashed some tough serves that gave the Spartans fits.

Even a late run by Bainbridge couldn’t derail their play.

In the second game, the Spartans took an early 6-5 lead, but Central Kitsap kept right with them and went ahead at 14-13 on two Bainbridge errors.

The Spartans took a 4-0 lead in the third game and stayed right with the Cougars, keeping things tied at several points, but were slowly overtaken and lost the lead for good on a block by libero Theresia Dever.

Outside hitter Natalie Pfaff scored match point on a block.

“They’re just getting better every day and it’s fun to see them improve,” Bushaw said. “When you have a libero who can pass (in Dever) it makes all the difference to have a setter (in Angela Spieker) who can work with good passes. It makes life a lot easier for our hitters.”

Rachael Diehl had six kills, while Tara and Trisha Patton had four each. Trisha also had four aces while Dever and Spieker had three each.

Spieker added 24 assists while Dever had 22 digs.

Central Kitsap plays Gig Harbor at home at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Olympic

The Olympic Trojans, also a state competitor a year ago, fell in their season debut against South Kitsap 3-1 Thursday.

After taking the first game 25-17, the Wolves stormed back to win the next three straight, 25-14, 25-18, 25-19.

Megan Rainey contributed eight blocks for the Trojans while Jessica Castro recorded 11 digs.

The Trojans travel to North Kitsap Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. match with the Vikings.

Sports editor Aaron Managhan contributed to this report.

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