Wolves go two-and-out at CIC volleyball tourney
Both local high schools saw their seasons end at the hands of East at the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament.
Before ending Chugiak’s season, the T-Birds downed Eagle River 3-1 (10-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-14) on Nov. 1.
Tight embraces and tears were plentiful following the loss — a sign of the camaraderie shared between the girls.
“We got really close as a team,” said captain Morgen Wohrle. “It was definitely a family.
“All the seniors will miss it,” said Wohrle, one of seven 12th graders on the squad.
The others are Gabbi LeCates, Elexa Walker, Brianna Howard, Brianna Norris, Lucy Thomas and Cheyene Yaw.
After losing to South, top-seeded Dimond beat the Wolverines twice Saturday, Nov. 3 to win the conference title. East swept Chugiak to earn the third CIC seed at the state tournament.
Against the T-Birds, LeCates had nine kills, four blocks and eight aces. Tess Anderson furnished 15 kills and 15 digs.
Wohrle had 28 digs and 11 kills, and Thomas recorded 27 digs. Walker, Eagle River’s setter, racked up 35 assists.
Despite going two-and-out to end the season, LeCates said her senior year was a success. Like Wohrle, LeCates said Eagle River formed a tight bond.
“We went through a lot of struggles,” she said. “We all pushed through them and came together as a team.”
That attitude is one aspect she’ll miss most about Eagle River volleyball.
“How we never give up,” LeCates said.
Along with her teammates, Wohrle said she’ll simply miss playing matches.
“I’ll definitely miss the competition,” she said. “The feeling when you get a good kill. Or a great dig.”
A talented junior varsity team will make the departure of seven seniors easier on the Wolves next season, LeCates said.
“JV was really good this year,” she said.
Eagle River had three players named to the All-CIC Second Team. Those included Walker (setter), Wohrle (outside hitter) and LeCates (middle hitter).
Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727.