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Narrows netters keep close in early going

Central Kitsap is often thought of as one of the dominant volleyball teams in the Narrows League, thanks to having players like Lindsey Fryer of late.

North Kitsap? Not so much.

But this season has shown that the Bridge Division is as tight as ever, as evident in the Narrows League opener between those schools Tuesday.

And while CK walked away with the 3-2 (24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 15-11) win, the Vikings (7-12, 0-2) made sure they earned every point.

“I was proud of the girls for keeping a positive mental attitude throughout the match,” NK coach Tim French said.

The Vikings came out ready to roll and swiped the first game right out from under CK, 26-24. With both Vikings game wins being so close, as well as the fifth frame, both French and CK (9-4, 2-0) coach Gordy Bushaw said it was a sign the Bridge Division will be extremely competitive.

“I think that the Bridge Division of the Narrows League is very balanced this year,” Bushaw said. “I don’t expect any easy matches, and our match against North Kitsap was a great example.”

Bushaw said his team was able to do a good job of passing on serve-receive and strong defense.

“In the three games we won, we got those things and won going away,” Bushaw said. “In the two games we lost, we had some breakdowns in what we normally do well, and lost close games.”

CK was led by Shannon Sumner, who recorded 7 aces and 7 kills. Melissa Liechty scored 18 kills while Theresia Dever had 18 digs. Sumner had 15 digs, while Liechty and Linzy Singleton each turned in 13. Alli Weisbarth added 33 assists to set the tempo for CK.

Central Kitsap kept their streak going with a win over Port Angeles Thursday, 3-0. Playing in PA, CK won 25-9, 25-18, 25-14 and really had no problem slowing the Roughriders (5-3, 0-2). The Cougars will do battle at home Monday at 6:30 p.m. against Shelton.

OLYMPIC

The Trojans continued their improvement despite falling twice this week. Oly lost a narrow 3-2 match (25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 16-14) to Shelton (6-3, 2-0) in which every game went down to the wire. The match showed again that Olympic (4-5, 0-2) is a team that can make an impact in the Bridge standings.

The Trojans fell against Gig Harbor 3-0, but again, with the right breaks could have made it more competitive. Oly fell 24-26, 19-25, 20-25 to the Tides (5-4, 2-0).

KLAHOWYA

The Eagles also had a tough week in Nisqually League play, dropping matches to Steilacoom and Port Townsend.

Against the Sentinels (3-5, 2-3), Klahowya was able to muster up a good fight late, after losing the opening set 25-9. The second was closer at 25-16, and the Eagles nearly swiped the third, 25-23.

The Eagles (5-5, 2-4) then fell to Port Townsend in straight sets, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20. The Eagles play Monday, traveling to take on Life Christian, the Nisqually leader at 7-1 (5-0).

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