Alli Engel caught fire, hammering a match-high 16 kills, and Pe Ell fended off Columbia Adventist in four sets (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23) during a home 1B Columbia Valley League matchup on Monday.
Pe Ell has already secured the No. 4 seed in the 1B District 4 playoff tournament, their second-straight season qualifying for districts. The Trojans will travel to the 1B Coastal League champion, Taholah (9-0 overall), in the opening round of districts at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2.
On Monday, the Trojans were buoyed by Kennedy Kephart’s match-high 19 assists, while Charlie Carper had no errors with four kills and 14 for 14 serving. Abby Cox contributed three big blocks, four kills and was 9 for 9 serving. Charlise Belanger was 100% serving and Payton Peterson pitched in 10 digs.
Pe Ell coach Hollie Briggs said perseverance was the key for the Trojans.
“They really came together, eight seniors, they dug deep and wanted to win badly,” Briggs said.
The Trojans (6-8, 4-6 league) travel to Naselle on Tuesday, then the opening round of districts the following Tuesday.