Playing for their postseason security, the South Whidbey Falcons rolled against their island volleyball rivals, the Coupeville Wolves, on Tuesday.
South Whidbey dominated each set, winning 25-13, 25-12, 25-15, and securing a postseason in the 1A District 1 tournament.
It was a bit of an improvement for the Falcons from their first meeting, when South Whidbey won in straight sets after narrowly claiming the first by three points.
Something changed Thursday, however, and South Whidbey lost a hard fight to Lakewood, 25-14, 27-25, 25-23. The loss bumped the Falcons to third place after what was a three-way tie for second place in the Cascade Conference. Position in the conference, however, will not affect South Whidbey’s playoff position as the 1A second seed in the league behind King’s.
Falcon junior hitter Abby Hodson led her team with 12 kills. She was followed by senior hitter Mackenzie Hezel with 11 kills and eight digs. Meagan Longdon, the Falcons’ senior setter, recorded 29 assists and nine digs.
In the previous match, South Whidbey defeated Lakewood 3-1 at home.
The Falcons have three regular season matches remaining this season, including two games against teams with 2-9 records, and an away game against Archbishop Murphy. Tournament play is scheduled to begin Oct. 30 and run to Nov. 2. As the Cascade Conference’s second seed in 1A, South Whidbey will face the Northwest Conference’s third seed, which is currently Mount Baker’s (2-6 Northwest Conference, 2-8 overall) slot.