Bearcats Start Slow in Four-Set Loss to Tumwater


In its league opener Tuesday, the W.F. West volleyball team didn’t show up at gametime, and fell in four sets to Tumwater, 25-17, 25-10, 25-27, 25-23. 

“Our first two sets we didn’t show any energy or desire,” Bearcats coach Robert Lucas said. “The team had a short heart-to-heart between sets two and three and that helped. Obviously the last two sets were more like we know we can play.”

Still, it took a come-from-behind effort to defeat the T-Birds in Set 3, and the Bearcats nearly did it again in Set 4 before falling, 25-23. 

Julia Dalan and Morgan Rogerson each earned 12 kills, and Mari Ceesay added seven. Chloe Chloupek and Presley Mishler combined for five blocks, and Savannah Hawkins had three of the Bearcats’ five aces. 

The Bearcats will look to bounce back with an early Swamp Cup matchup on Thursday at home in Chehalis while the Thunderbirds take on Shelton at home.