For the North Kitsap Vikings, this has been the kind of season that dreams are made of.
An undefeated record. Their first district title. And not only the guarantee of their best finish in the Class 2A state volleyball tournament, but maybe a state title.
The Poulsbo school continued its stunning season with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 29-27 win over Woodland in Friday’s quarterfinals at Pierce College.
“It’s unbelievable,” said sophomore outside hitter Briannan Duchemin, who had 16 kills. “We’ve been waiting for this all season, and it’s amazing to have it come true.”
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Duchemin said that after finishing fifth in last year’s tournament, the Vikings started this season with a specific set of goals: Win league, win districts and move on to state.
“So far, we’re doing well,” she said. “Being undefeated is just icing on the cake.”
Against Woodland, North Kitsap bounced back from mistakes in the first set to command the next two, and then brought the final down to the wire in a physical battle.
The Vikings were led by senior middle hitter Briar Perez with 19 kills and 18 blocks, senior setter Mareena Clotfelter with 31 assists, and senior offensive hitter Sarah Holt with 25 digs.
The Beavers were led by sophomore setter Elle Nesbitt with 16 digs and 33 assists, and senior middle blocker Kate Swett with 21 kills.
North Kitsap coach Tim French said his team has pieced things together all season long.
“A state championship would be over the top, but I can’t put it past this group of girls because every challenge that’s been put before them, they’ve met it,” he said.
North Kitsap will play the winner of the quarterfinal between Fife and Sehome. The match was tied at 2 sets each as The Olympian’s press time approached.
Matches were running about two hours behind schedule late Friday. No results were available for the quarterfinal matches pairing Tumwater against Archbishop Murphy and Selah vs. Burlington-Edison.