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Hawks take care of Eagles in "Battle of the Birds"
SNOQUALMIE - The Chief Kanim Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade varsity volleyball teams will have bragging rights for the next year, as the Hawks swept the Snoqualmie Middle School Eagles in the Battle of the Birds Oct. 29 at Mount Si High School.
In the seventh-grade contest, Chief Kanim won the first game, 15-11. The Hawks broke out to an early lead, and never looked back as their service game didn't let them down. The Eagles had a late 5-0 run to make it close, but Corrin Kruse put it away for Chief Kanim with a strong serve.
Chief Kanim came back in the second game of the contest after being given an early scare by the Eagles. Carly Nelson and Amy Ayers each had two aces in a 10-0 run to get to within one point of the victory. SMS made it close late, but Ayers put it away at the net for the Hawks to pick up the victory.
With the Hawks already having won the first two games - thereby winning the match - the two teams played the third game. This game was a little tougher for the Hawks, but again their servers helped them when they needed it. SMS mounted a 6-0 run midway through, but Bethany Barrus joined Nelson and Kruse with huge serves to put the Hawks into the lead, and Valeree Wagster closed out the contest with two aces, giving Chief Kanim the win 15-8.
The eighth-grade contest wasn't much different in result. In the first game, Chief Kanim broke out on a 10-0 run, keyed by the strong service games of Allayeh Stevens and Jody Poth. SMS stopped the run with two strong plays at the net by Allyson Rosman. The Eagles then put on more pressure with a 5-0 run, but by then it was too late. The Hawks picked up the win, 15-7, after SMS hit Katie Morgan's serve out of bounds.
In the second game, the Hawks continued to play strong and were up 9-4 when the Eagles' Kylee Lobb ran into one of her teammates and had the wind knocked out of her. After being attended to for several minutes by medical personnel, she left under her own power, holding her right side. Fortunately, she returned later.
This delay didn't stop the Hawks. Tonya Divers made a couple of strong plays, and Chief Kanim won 15-5 after SMS hit the Hawks' serve out of bounds.
The two teams played on, although Chief Kanim had won the first two games. But the result was different for SMS in this contest. Unlike their seventh-grade counterparts, the Eagles' eighth-graders won the third game.
Lobb returned for the Eagles midway through the game, and she had an ace to help the effort. Chief Kanim didn't give up, as Michelle Lukes keyed a 6-0 Hawks run with two strong serves. The Hawks, however, hit it out of bounds on SMS' game point, and the Eagles won 15-12.