Edmonds-Woodway snaps skid with decisive win | Volleyball

Warriors overpower Mavericks in 25-12, 25-11, 25-23 rout
By David Pan | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Betty Abraham and Jasmine Spears go up for a block against Lynnwood’s Meghan Spears during a Wesco 3A match Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway came in desperate for a victory against Meadowale.

The Warriors were in the midst of a four-match losing streak that had dropped them into the middle of the standings.

Edmonds-Woodway achieved its goal with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-23 win over the Mavericks in a Wesco 3A volleyball match Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Meadowdale High School.

Warriors coach Nicole Bordeaux saw a lack of fire from her players during the last couple of weeks. The fire returned Tuesday night.

“I definitely think that we’ve got it back and we’re ready to push and finish strong in the closing games of our season,” Bordeaux said.

Senior captain Betty Abraham liked how the Warriors were communicating with each other on the floor.

“I think that plays a big role in how well we do,” Abraham said. “Our excitement and our energy – that definitely drives us throughout our matches and each set. … We’re building off of each other’s excitement and playing to make each other better.”

With the score tied at 6 in the first set, Edmonds-Woodway (5-4 in the league, 6-5 overall) went on an 11-2 run to seize control of the set. The Warriors jumped out to a 13-1 lead in the second set and were ahead 19-11 in the third set when Meadowdale (2-7, 3-8) outscored Edmonds-Woodway 12-2 to take a 23-21 lead.

The Warriors settled down, tied the score and then won the next two points to secure the set and match.

Senior Sandra Yang recorded 13 kills and Abraham had six kills. Yang had to leave the match for a band performance and missed the third set. Elizabeth Perrenchio dished out 15 assists, while Kristen Reijonen had 12 assists.

“We had a few different combinations out there,” Bordeaux said of the third set. “So it was a little different for us. But I think overall they fought and they wanted to close in three sets. That was the goal. I’m proud of them for being able to fight back after they lost a little bit of momentum there.”

Junior Kelsey Cummins led the way for Meadowdale in the third set. Cummins recorded seven kills and 18 digs.

“In the third game, she was a little more aggressive,” Meadowdale coach Machen Shrum said. “We were able to point out where the holes were to hit … she did a good job of hitting the holes that were available.”

The young Mavericks played one of their best matches against Lynnwood on Thursday, Oct. 12. Meadowdale pulled out a wild 28-26, 25-19, 10-25, 16-25, 15-11 victory.

Cummings recorded 10 kills and 19 digs and Alivia Meucci had 11 kills and 14 digs.

“What I saw against Lynnwood is just a lot of fight,” Shrum said. “I was pleased in the fifth game they came out very aggressive in the beginning instead of playing passive and not trying to lose. They came out aggressive to win. That’s a hurdle that we’ve kind of been facing all season. I was happy to see the fight in their eyes and that determination.”

Shrum is looking for more consistency from the Mavericks in their final matches.

“I’d like us to be able to play well and feel like we have some chemistry out there,” Shrum added.

In the last two weeks, the Warriors lost to Stanwood (25-20, 25-13, 25-20), Arlington (18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20) , Lynnwood (17-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11) and Oak Harbor (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22).

Bordeaux hopes the Warriors can carry the momentum from Tuesday and make a move up the standings.

“We served tough. We passed well. We were able to run our offense,” Bordeaux said. “We were able to do a lot of quick stuff in the front.”

Bordeaux used 13 players, including a recent junior varsity player, against the Mavericks.

“I couldn’t be more proud of everybody being able to be a part of that one,” she said.

Abraham sees the win over Meadowdale as a blueprint for the rest of the season.

“The key is playing the same as we did tonight and if not that, then better,” Abraham said. “We need to keep pushing each other in order to benefit the team as a whole.”

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