Prep volleyball: Warriors come up short against Shorewood

Edmonds-Woodway's Missy Peterson battles Shorewood's Elle Allen-Hatch. (Photos by Ken Pickle)
Edmonds-Woodway’s Missy Peterson battles Shorewood’s Elle Allen-Hatch. (Photos by Ken Pickle)

The Edmonds-Woodway High School girls volleyball team came into Thursday night’s first-place match-up with Shorewood hoping to extend its win streak to seven. Instead it was the visiting Thunderbirds extending their streak to nine as Shorewood swept Edmonds-Woodway 25-16, 25-17 and 25-17

“We just got outplayed, out-hustled. They beat us and they deserved it,” said Warrior Coach Nicole Bordeaux.

Both teams entered the match sporting 8-1 records in conference, with the Warriors’ only league loss coming last month to Glacier Peak and the T-Birds’ only blemish a five-set loss to Arlington on Sept. 18. The E-W players and fans were decked out in flowered jerseys and shirts on “Hawaiian” night at the gym.

The first set started out as a back-and-forth affair, but with the teams tied at eight and Shorewood libero Joely Shepard on the serve, the T-birds reeled off six straight points, making it 14-8. E-W would never recover from that deficit. “When she’s on, she’s on,” said Shorewood coach Jennifer Chartrand. “She just gets on streaks like I’ve never seen.”

The Warriors hung on for awhile, but after closing the gap to 20-15, Shorewood would close it out on a 5-2 run with the set ending on a Warrior serve into the net.

In set two, Shorewood would jump to a 6-1 lead and then the T-birds started a pattern they would often repeat: Win two or three points, lose one. Win three, lose two. The Warriors, on the other hand, only won three straight points two times all evening, something not lost on Bordeaux. ”We played tentative, inconsistent, out of sorts,” she said.

At the mid-point of the second set, the Warriors pulled within two at 12-10; but then Shorewood’s Delaney Hopen went on a “kill” streak as the T-Birds pulled away and took the set convincingly. “She’s a good hitter,” Bordeaux said of Hopen. “We just need to work harder on defense.” Hopen would score 18 kills on the night to lead Shorewood.

The final set saw the Warriors again hang with the T-birds, trailing by only one at 11-10. As the team had all night, Shorewood would gradually extend the lead, first to 17-12, then to 19-14 and finally the 25-17 ending score.

Amanda Paavlova had seven kills for the Warriors.
Amanda Paavlova had seven kills for the Warriors.

Bordeaux mentioned libero Hannah Rehnfeldt as a particular bright spot for E-W. “I think Hannah played really well tonight,” Bordeaux said. “She just really keeps the team together.” Rehnfeldt would lead E-W with 14 digs, Kelly Gootee had 26 assists and Missy Peterson and Amanda Paavola shared the kill honors with seven each.

Despite the loss, the Warriors stand firmly in second place with a match ahead Tuesday against Lynnwood to likely secure the second seed going into Districts. “We have a lot to look forward to,” said Bordeaux. “We are ready to prove that we’re a better team than this.”

— By Jeff Smarr

 

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