Young Mavericks take their lumps at district tournament | Volleyball

Meadowdale gains valuable experience in first postseason appearance in five years
By David Pan | Nov 15, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Sophie Kotz and Kaitlyn Robinson go up for a block against Lynnwood Thursday, Nov. 8, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Meadowdale’s first appearance in the district volleyball tournament in five years was short and anything but sweet.

The Mavericks dropped their first-round match 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 to Oak Harbor on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Oak Harbor High School and then was eliminated from postseason play following a 26-24, 25-11, 25-12 loss to district rival Lynnwood on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Meadowdale coach Machen Shrum said the experience of competing at the district tournament will benefit her players, all but two of whom will be back next season.

“I think getting to districts is always a benefit,” she said. “We haven’t been since 2013. So it’s been five years. This particular group then doesn’t know that feeling, that competiveness and that experience.

“I think that anytime we can get here (districts), that just helps these young ones to understand what it’s about and get that feel and that urgency for next year.”

The Mavericks nearly won a back-and-forth first set with Lynnwood. Meadowdale led 24-23 and served for the lead. But the Royals won back-to-back points to secure the set.

The Mavericks (9-8) then struggled at the start of the final two sets, falling behind 9-0 and then 8-0.

“It fell apart,” Shrum said. “It was everybody. It was just a snowball effect unfortunately in the wrong direction.”

The Meadowdale offense didn’t seem in sync during the final two sets.

“We were playing with three different setters,” Shrum said. “The setting part has been a struggled, so we felt like we needed to do a change. … There was a chemistry thing with throwing three different setters tonight. It’s hard on your hitters when you go through that. There wasn’t one particular thing that was working, so we just tried everything.”

Shrum credited the play of senior Kelsey Cummins for helping to lead the Mavericks to the district tournament.

Junior Ashley Bagstad also put together a strong season.

“She’s really become a very smart hitter,” Shrum said.

Cummins recorded seven kills and had 19 digs against Oak Harbor. Bagstad had 12 digs and junior Sabrina Jahed had 11 digs.

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