Falcons score in volleyball tourney

"South Whidbey's volleyball team enjoyed success at the Chelan Invitational last weekend.Against a field described by Falcon coach Tim Durbin as very competitive, the Falcons finished fourth overall. It was the best finish we've had in a few years, Durbin said.The Saturday affair started out with consecutive losses, as South Whidbey fell to Cle Elum 10-15, 15-12, 12-15; and to Chelan 15-3, 15-0.The Falcons then bounced back to defeat Goldendale by scores of 15-9, 15-10.After the initial round of pool play, the Falcons found themselves in a three-way tie with Cle Elum and Goldendale. Since South Whidbey had the second best game record among those three teams they achieved second place in their pool.South Whidbey then ended the day with a match against Eastmont for third and fourth place overall in the tournament. The Falcons lost 15-9, 15-7 and settled for fourth.I felt we were in every match and every game except the first game against Chelan, said coach Durbin. We played everyone we brought with us, which was my goal, and everyone contributed to our success.Durbin said the tournament trip should give the Falcons confidence to be competitive this season in conference play.Also last week, the Falcons hosted Sultan on Thursday and had no problem with the Turks, winning 15-2, 15-4, 15-9.Individual leaders included Lauren Johnson with 6 assists, Jenny Saephan 3 kills, Lucy Daumen 5 assists and 3 kills, Katy McGillen 3 kills, and Brianna Hussey 3 kills.The team came out intense and played that way the whole time, said Durbin. It was the team's first league opponent, but the outcome did not count in league standings. This week the Falcons are on the road. They played at Klahowya last night and travel to Mountlake Terrace Thursday. "

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