Warriors working well together | Volleyball

Edmonds-Woodway led by 2 new setters
By David Pan | Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Betty Abraham (right) attempts a block during practice.

Edmonds-Woodway isn’t the most experienced volleyball team in the Wesco 3A South.

The Warriors bring back only four seniors from last year’s district playoff team and are led by two new setters.

But what has coach Nicole Bordeaux feeling optimistic is the energy and enthusiasm from her players.

“This is probably the most dedicated group that I’ve had in a while,” said Bordeaux, who is entering her seventh season as head coach. “They are very much on the same page and they are very goal-oriented and they have nothing in their way stopping them from where they want to go.

“They’re excited. They work well together. They communicate. They have fun. They just really exude what it is to be a team.”

Aside from an influx of new players, the biggest change for Edmonds-Woodway is with the offense. The Warriors are shifting from 5-1 offensive system to a 6-2.

The 5-1 has one setter, while the 6-2 utilizes two setters.

“We’re excited about that just because it allows us to have somebody strong on the offensive end rather than having that setter go all the way around,” Bordeaux said.

Juniors Elizabeth Perrenchio and Kristen Reijonen both saw time on varsity last season and played with their teammates during the summer at team camp and some tournaments.

“So it’s been a relatively smooth transition with them,” Bordeaux said.

Senior co-captain/middle hitter Betty Abraham said that it’s important for the setters and hitters to have a strong connection.

“Both of them have done a really good job of stepping up and pushing themselves to be better for the team overall,” Abraham said.

Senior co-captain/defensive special Sam Hardan added that playing with Perrenchio and Reijonen last year has helped.

“We’re kind of used to practicing with them and the first match (against King’s) definitely helped build that chemistry,” Hardan said.

The Edmonds-Woodway offense should be strong with senior outside hitter Sandra Yang and Abraham.

“(Yang) is our key threat offensively. She’s worked really hard in the offseason,” Bordeaux said. “Abraham has the fire that lights the team. She’s one of the smartest players I’ve coached. She knows and reads and sees the court better than most people do.”

Hardan provides veteran leadership in addition to being a strong defender, Bordeaux added.

Edmonds-Woodway is a team that should improve as the players get to know each other better, Hardan said.

“There are a lot of things we need to work on,” she said. “There’s a lot of potential for the team. We’re all fairly new playing together. We still have time to grow and I think overtime we’ll grow and become better.”

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