By Quint Turner
Even though Meadowdale volleyball came out on top with a 3-0 win in straight sets, the young Edmonds-Woodway Warriors team fought hard throughout the match, as the scores went 25-23, 25-23, 25-23. In the end, it came down to the long and arduous rallies with Meadowdale victorious despite great work by EW libero Julia Hutchinson.
The first set had Meadowdale up 3-1, following a two-minute rally that ended when Meadowdale’s Hailey Hullin stuffed an E-W spike. Hullin then scored back-to-back aces to put the Mavericks up 6-1. But E-W would not fall easily, as they came within 3 when Maddy Rettenmier hit an ace on her serve to make it 8-5 . They tied at 11, but then a setup by Meadowdale’s Tara Fishback had Hullin hit a great spike in the middle of the opposing team to break the tie.
The Warriors were up 21-19 late in the set when a battle for the net led to three straight stuffs by the MHS defense, putting the Mavs ahead 22-21. Meadowdale put the Warriors away when Sloane Morrison spiked into the corner to win the set 25-23.
In the second set, the Mavericks started out down 3-0 but took four straight points before the Warriors won five straight points to go up 8-4. Meadowdale then quickly won four in a row as well to tie the set at 8, thanks to a lucky bounce off a beam that prevented E-W from setting the ball. From there, MHS went on a 10-5 run to get a 5-point lead at 17-13. But the Warriors wouldn’t quit. A great spike from Sidney Eck got E-W within 3, and they went on to tie the game at 19-all. Meadowdale came back from the onslaught and won the set 25-23 on a tip from Emily Denham that went over the E-W defense.
A long rally early in the third set was won by MHS off a stuff from an E-W spike that got the Mavs their first point of the set, and made it 2-1. They won five straight points but Allison Rutz’s spike got the Warriors back into the set. Another battle at the net later was won by MHS, and the Mavericks went up 9-4. E-W came back and got the game to 13-11, Meadowdale, when Eck hit a spike that just painted the line. It went back and forth and at 19-18 MHS, a great diving save from Selma Tanjo kept a long rally alive to allow E-W to eventually win the point off a miscue from Meadowdale to tie.
After more battling, Denham tied the game up again at 22 with an amazing spike in the middle of the entire E-W team. Soon after, Meadowdale tied the game at 23 after a huge spike from Lindsey Milner hit the end line, and that would provide the momentum for the Mavericks to finally win 25-23 after stuffing a spike for the final point.
The Meadowdale volleyball team has a tournament at Mariner High School on Saturday, and the Mavs’ next Wesco match is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13at Marysville-Pilchuck. The Warriors host Bothell at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.