Warriors advance to district tourney | Volleyball

By David Pan | Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Bella Ygelsias and Sandra Yang go up for a block against Shorecrest’s Shelby Gresch during a district play-in match Saturday, Oct. 28, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway is back on track.

After a four-match losing streak in the middle of the regular season, the Warriors regrouped to win their final four contests and then started off the postseason with a 25-16, 25-11, 26-24 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco 3A play-in match Saturday, Oct. 28, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“We’re feeling good. We’ve been on a winning streak,” senior Sam Hardan said. “We’ve sort of got our mojo back. We’ve been doing really well. We’re playing really cohesive.”

Senior Sandra Yang led the Warriors (10-6) with 12 kills and sophomore Sierra Lange added seven kills. Junior Kristen Reijonen dished out 17 assists.

The Warriors mixed up the offense against the Scots (3-12) and plan to continue with an attack that features different players.

“We utilized our right sides a lot and that’s a huge component for us to be able to spread out the offense,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Nicole Bordeaux said. “So we’re not just so dependent on the outsides. I think we equally spread the ball throughout all three positions, which is a huge help for us. It’s hard to defend.”

Hardan also saw strong blocking and said that the Warriors communicated well with each other.

“We were moving really well around the court,” Hardan added.

The senior libero also had several spectacular digs and is a key part of the defense, Bordeaux said.

“She has such a presence on the court and she reads very, very well,” Bordeaux said. “She hustles. She’s just a strong leader. She’s a necessity on our court.”

The Scots rebounded from the first two sets and had a five-point lead late in the third set but weren’t able to close out the Warriors.

“When you play the first two sets and you win them, you can start to get complacent and so part way through the set, we were getting a little complacent,” Hardan said. “We started picking up the energy and the talk and that really helped us turn that set around.”

Bordeaux said that her team has demonstrated the ability to rally from behind throughout this season.

“When they’ve been behind they’ve been able to pull together as a unit and climb out on top,” she said. “We finish well.”

The Edmonds-Woodway coach is hoping to continue the momentum in the district tournament.

“I think we’re on the uphill climb,” Bordeaux said. “We’ve been coming together as a team toward the end of the season. We’re excited. They want to keep playing.”

The Warriors’ uphill climb hit a hiccup in a 25-14, 22-25, 25-11, 25-17 loss to Snohomish in a first round match Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Snohomish High School. Edmonds-Woodway faces Lynnwood in a loser-out match at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2 at Snohomish High School.

KING’S LOSES: Lynden Christian defeated King’s 3-1 in the district championship match Tuesday, Oct. 31, at King’s High School.

The Knights advance as the No. 2 seed and will host a winner-to-state, loser-out Bi-District match at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4.

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