Mavericks overcome slow start to beat Seagulls | Volleyball

Meadowdale rallies to defeat Everett in a five-set thriller
By David Pan | Sep 29, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Meadowdale’s Mariel Gonzalez and a teammate attempt a block during a Wesco 3A South match against Everett Sept. 20 at Meadowdale High School.

Meadowdale had to work hard to beat Everett.

The Mavericks overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Seagulls 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-9 in a Wesco 3A volleyball match Sept. 20 at Meadowdale High School.

The Mavericks’ defense was lacking in the first two sets, according to coach Machen Shrum.

“I just reminded them that we are a defensive-minded team,” she said. “Defense gets them fired up and get them excited and raises their energy.”

Once the Mavericks were energized, the momentum in Tuesday’s match shifted.

The players started talking to and encouraging each other, Meadowdale senior setter Mariel Gonzalez said.

“That kind of changed our energy,” she said. “We got more fired up and celebrated our points. We just pushed really hard those last couple of sets.”

Shrum saw her players making the effort for every ball. The Mavericks, especially senior Dana Flynn, also started serving a little tougher, Shrum said.

“What got some of the momentum up in game three was some really tough serves,” Shrum said.

Gonzalez recorded 22 assists and fellow setter Lauren Hunnewell added 14 assists. Sophomore Kelsey Cummins led the offense with 15 kills along with 24 digs and 4 assists. Senior Emily Carroll had 10 kills.

Cummins helped to lead the Mavericks’ comeback.

“She really worked hard to turn it around and tried to pick up people along the way, which helped her to become more confident in her hitting,” Gonzalez said. “She really dominated.”

Shrum also told her players to focus on spotting the ball rather than hitting it as hard as they could. Shrum even told them to hit the ball at 75 percent speed instead of all out.

The goal was to “just to hit really good spots,” she said.

The Mavericks went into the fifth game ready to leave it all on the court.

“We were just going out and fighting as hard as we could,” Gonzalez said. “We definitely knew that we could match up with Everett really well skill-wise. It was all mental. We had to go out and want it.”

Meadowdale’s two previous matches, a win over Inglemoor and a loss to Oak Harbor, both went to five games, which is not surprising to Shrum.

“They work really hard to be a defensive-minded team,” Shrum said. “You have to work that much harder because you usually have to play a rally a lot longer than if you have a really big gun who can put the ball down.”

The Mavericks started out slow against the Seagulls and in its previous two contests.

“We have to find that consistency -– once we get to the level, we want to stay at that level,” Shrum, said.

Meadowdale closed out the week with a 25-15, 25-15 25-14 win over Shorecrest on Sept. 22 at Meadowdale High School. Flynn recorded 17 digs and 4 aces and Gonzalez had 13 digs and 3 aces. Emma Allen recorded 7 kills.

The Mavericks host Marysville-Pilchuck at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

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