The Buccaneers beat Foster, lose to Fife, will play Saturday for another chance at state
TACOMA — The Kingston Buccaneers, with a sophomore-laden team, experienced the highs and lows of the first day of the 2A West Central District volleyball tournament and will see its season continue at least to Saturday.
Kingston opened with a 21-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16 win over the Foster Bulldogs at Franklin Pierce High School Thursday. The Buccaneers then faced Fife, a team that placed seventh last year with wins over North Kitsap and White River, and lost 17-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17.
The loss puts Kingston into a must-win situation from now on. The Bucs play Highline at noon Saturday at Franklin Pierce.
“We’re young but we reloaded and we just hung with Fife,” Kingston coach Ed Call said. “We’ve been here before and we deserve to be here. These kids have worked hard enough. They put up with me, they work real hard. We deserve to be here. We have reservations in Ellensburg. I hope we don’t have to cancel them.”
Both North Kitsap and North Mason fell into the elimination side of the bracket after losses at North Mason High School. North Kitsap lost to White River 25-16, 25-18, 25-18, and will play Port Angeles at 10:30 a.m. at Franklin Pierce.
NK coach Tim French said White River is very well coached and made very few errors, playing a tipping game that the Vikings weren’t used to and had a hard time adjusting.
“We actually played quite well,” French said, “and I have no complaints about our effort level. We stayed positive and gave it everything we had, but it wasn’t enough.”
North Mason, which earned a 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 win over Highline in its opener, lost to Washington — the defending district champs — 25-14, 25-23, 25-16. The Bulldogs will face Foster at 10:30 a.m. If North Mason and North Kitsap win their matches, they would face each other in a loser-out game at 2 p.m.
Call said the Bucs were inconsistent in the match against Foster and did what they needed to do but not much more.
That wasn’t the case against Fife. A faster-moving and higher quality opponent brought out better play in Kingston but errors and mistakes within their system hurt them overall.
“We made plenty of mistakes, but we played much better,” Call said. “We are going to be focused on serve receive because our serve receive was really good in small stretches and really lose in others.”
Call added a focus of the team in preparation for district was getting a lot of touches on the block and the Bucs did that well.
Madeline Seid, a sophomore setter/right-side hitter for the Bucs, said there may have been a little tiredness by the team to open the tournament but the first-set loss to Foster woke them up.
Seid said even when the Bucs were down in points they remained aggressive.
“I think we need to work on maintaining energy,” she said, adding the team is young but willing to fight for a state berth. “I think we need to work a little bit harder on Saturday and still make state even though we’re a young team. We can only go up.”