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The Mark Morris volleyball team split its two district games in Tumwater on Thursday, doing enough to stay alive in the 2A District 4 tourney.

Top-seeded Tumwater swept Mark Morris 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-21) in the opener to send the Monarchs to the loser’s bracket, but a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-13) sweep of W.F. West kept them playing.

Clarissa Escudero led the Monarchs in kills against Tumwater with 14 and Grace Huhta added seven as the Monarchs battled some nerves early on.

Madi Noel added 23 digs, Emma Fisher had three blocks and Huhta added one at the net, as well.

Jillian Salais (13) and Kendall Blondin (10) combined to lead the passing attack and Escudero and Ellie Weber dropped in a pair of aces.

In the season-saving nightcap, Weber led in kills with 11, Escudero had eight and Huhta added six.

Escudero, Andee Whitman, Fisher and Huhta all had three blocks as the Monarch defense was stout against the Bearcats.

Noel had 20 digs, Mariah Bost added 15, Blondin (15) and Salais (12) teamed up for the assists and Fisher (three), Escudero (two) and Kyla Warren and Blondin (one each) all had aces.

“We came in a bit overwhelmed by the experience,” Mark Morris coach Carmen Hewitt said. “You could see the nerves during the first match. However, we regrouped well and played a solid match against W.F. West. I’m proud of the resilience these girls showed during an intense day. I’m confident we will come ready to play on Saturday. These girls want state badly, and they are ready to put up a fight.”

Mark Morris plays the loser of Woodland and Ridgefield on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Black Hills and is two wins away from the state tournament.

Woodland 3, Black Hills 0: Emma Swett had 14 digs, 11 kills and a block as the Beavers swept aside the Wolves 26-24, 25-16, 25-20 in the first round of the 2A District 4 Volleyball Tournament on Thursday.

Payten Foster added 18 digs, nine kills, three blocks and three aces in the win. Kennedy Huesties pitched in with eight kills and two blocks. 

Nicole Guthrie had 35 assists and Liz Hurn had 13 digs.

Woodland plays Ridgefield at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the semifinals.

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