Problems with consistency plagued Wahkiakum on Thursday and it showed late, after a fast start.
The Mules lost in four sets to Morton/White Pass at home in the nonleague game, despite winning the first set 25-19. The Timberwolves won the final three sets 25-19, 28-26, and 25-19.
“We can play some really good ball,” Mules coach Kayli Hurley said. “We were super tight, and we didn’t adjust. They have some super big kids and we have some short kids, and we didn’t adjust our hitting.”
Wahkiakum’s opening was short of dominant but players were communicating well and finding holes in MWP’s defense. As the teams switched sides, so did the momentum.
The third set, though, was a doozy.
Morton led 13-7 early but the Mules created a run of their own to inch within four points. Not long after, senior Macie Elliott put the ball over the net right in the middle of three Timberwolves and tied the set’s score at 18 points apiece.
It would be tied again at 21, and then 24. It was back and forth until MWP captured the final three points, and the set 28-26.
It was a tough ending, but Hurley walked away with some positive thoughts.
“We were down for the whole set and gained some momentum going into the fourth,” Hurley said. “My bench, they’re a huge part of who we are, and they were on fire. They stayed positive, were cheering loud and crazy, and that’s something we pride ourselves on.”
Ellie Leitz and Macie Elliott had nine kills apiece, and Janzi Merz chipped in six kills.
“I had some kids who individually grew tonight,” Hurley said.
Wahkiakum is 1-1 this season, and has a match scheduled for Monday, at Naselle.