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Knights overcome slow start to down Marauders | Volleyball

Kamiak, Mariner both dealing with injuries


October 9, 2019

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Mariner's Gabby Jacobs (16) and Natalie Garcia (5) go up for the block against Kamiak Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Kamiak High School.

The Kamiak volleyball team overcame a rocky start to defeat district rival Mariner.

Junior Marina Tukan recorded a match-high 13 kills and had five digs to lead the Knights to a 25-20, 25-17, 25-11 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A match Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Kamiak High School.

"We started off a bit slow then we picked it up," Tukan said. "I think we came together as a team and having a huge student section really helped us. We were really hyped up."

Tuesday's match was the Knights' third without senior co-captain Sarah Brachvogel, who suffered a leg injury on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Kent Classic tournament. It also was Kamiak's first home match.

The loss of one of Kamiak's best players has been difficult.

"It's hard to replace Sarah in any way that you look at it," Knights coach Jason Davis said. "More than anything else, she's one of our court leaders. She's a person everyone looks to. ... Having to replace someone like that takes some time."

Brachvogel helped Kamiak to a season-opening victory over Glacier Peak, but in the two subsequent league matches the Knights were swept 25-13. 25-18, 25-19 by Lake Stevens and lost 25-20, 28-26, 22-25, 25-16 to Monroe. Jackson also edged Kamiak 25-23, 26-28, 25-18, 15-25, 18-16 in a Thursday, Oct. 3 matchup.

Davis said the Knights looked tight to start out against the Marauders.

"Mariner did an awesome job with making some runs," Davis said.

The Marauders had a 10-8 lead when the Knights went on an 8-0 run to take a 16-10 advantage. Mariner outscored Kamiak 8-3 to cut the deficit to 19-18 before the Knights won six out of the last eight points to claim the first set.

Kamiak took an 11-5 lead in the second set and saw Mariner rally to cut the lead to 16-13 before the Knights again finished strong. In the final set, Kamiak used a 15-4 run to extend a 6-4 lead to 21-8.

"I think we put the ball away really well by the middle of the match," Tukan said. "We were able to separate ourselves."

Kamiak went to Tukan often and she responded.

"Marina Tukan has a really, really nice match," Davis said. "That's one of the most complete matches she played. She did a great job in the back, front row, the whole thing. She is proving to be a person we can play behind and rely on."

Setters Camryn Woodworth and Adriana Kimpton also had solid games, as did Brachvogel's replacement, Caroline Rupp.

"We play a lot better loose than we did tight," Davis said. "Our whole goal was to play loose tonight."

Mariner senior Taylor Rudberg said that the Marauders started off strong.

"I thought we played pretty hard," she said "In the first and second sets, I think we gave Kamiak a run for their money."

The return of senior setter Sedona Hino from an injury boosted the Marauders. Rudberg was able to shift from her usual setter position to the offensive attack. She led the Marauders with seven kills and four service aces.

"That was a lot of fun," Rudberg said. "I got to swing in the front. That was working well."

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Kamiak's Marina Tukan goes up for the ball during a Wesco 4A match against Mariner.

The challenges Mariner faced was on its serve-receive.

"If we can't pass the ball, we can't run our offense," Mariner coach Julia Riordan said. "It's hard to run the offense if we're not getting our setters a good ball."

The Marauders controlled the ball more in sets one and two.

"In set three, we had a hard time finding our groove," Riordan said.

Injuries also have disrupted the Mariner lineup this season and another player hurt her ankle late in the match.

Mariner recorded its first league victory of the season against Cascade on Thursday, Oct. 3. Senior Tina Duangmani had 12 kills to lead the Marauders to a 25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 21-25, 15-7 victory at Mariner High School. Rudberg finished with 30 assists, five kills and five aces. Junior Araceli Urrutia had 22 digs.


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