The Kingston Buccaneers slew their dragon.
After years of trying to get out of the Class 2A West Central District volleyball tournament only to fall short each time, the Buccaneers are going to state.
“Amazing, gritty performance by my girls!” Kingston coach Ed Call said via text message Saturday.
Kingston will be joined by North Kitsap as both teams won twice at the West Central District tournament at Franklin Pierce Friday. Bremerton won its opener, lost its second match, and is playing in a loser-out match Saturday at noon.
Kingston, which beat Highline 3-0, faced Orting in a winner-to-state match. The Bucs won 25-19, 27-25 before the Cardinals won game three to stave off elimination 25-17. Kingston and Orting went back-and-forth in a tense fourth game, pulling out a 26-24 win as Kingston players, fans erupted.
With a berth to state secured, the Bucs will face Olympic League rival and champion North Kitsap in the semifinals at 6 p.m. The winner advances to a scheduled 7:30 p.m. championship. The loser heads into the third-fourth seeding match, also at 7:30 p.m.
North, being the league’s No. 1 seed, earned a first-round bye and then beat Franklin Pierce 25-23, 25-9, 25-13.
Bremerton beat River Ridge in three, 25-14, 25-27, 25-18 then lost to Fife 25-17, 25-10, 25-22 to drop into the elimination rounds.
It’s a tough road for the Knights as they vie for the fifth and final berth. Bremerton must win three straight matches to advance to state. A win against Highline moves Bremerton into another loser-out match at 2 p.m. against the winner of the Washington-Sequim.
If they win the 2 p.m match, Bremerton plays in the fifth-seed/loser-out match at 4 p.m.
CK falls short in state quest
The Central Kitsap Cougars lost twice at the Class 3A West Central/SW District tournament Friday, ending the season short of the state tournament.
Central lost 3-1 to Stadium in its opener, then dropped into the elimination bracket for a loser-out match against Mountain View. The Cougars lost 3-2.