PIERCE — As one of the best volleyball teams in all of Class C-2, the Wolfpack ran into an obstacle they couldn’t overcome in the District C2-4 finals.
A slow start allowed Crofton to take a two-game lead and the Warriors went on to prevail 25-13, 25-13, 20-25 and 25-18 over the Wolfpack, ending EPPJ’s season just one victory shy of a state tournament berth.
Down two games to none, the Wolfpack put a charge into their fans in Game Three. They jumped out to a 10 to two lead early on behind the hitting of junior Jenna Parks. Parks had three kills in a four-point run, Terri Seier and Hayley Stamp also had kills as the Wolfpack took an eight-point lead.
The teams traded points before Liz Selting put together back-to-back kills and an ace serve to give the Wolfpack a 16 to 6 lead.
Crofton tried to fight back with Maria Wortmann attacking. However, the Wolfpack had an answer in this game.
An ace serve by Parks gave the Wolfpack a 23 to 17 lead. Crofton closed to within 23 to 20 when Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher called a Wolfpack timeout. The timeout settled down the Wolfpack as they scored the final two points of the game, the last coming on a kill by Selting.
It marked only the eighth game the Warriors had dropped over the course of the season.
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