Experience trumped inexperience as Edmonds-Woodway dispatched Lynnwood 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 in a first-round 4A District 1 volleyball match Saturday night at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
The veteran Warriors played well throughout the match, according to coach Nicole Bordeaux.
“We kept the energy and control on our side, which what we’ve been trying to focus on all year,” Bordeaux said. “I think we executed pretty well tonight.”
The Warriors used a balanced offensive attack with senior Sidney Eck leading the way with 13 kills and 4.5 block kills. Teammates Amanda Paavola added 9 kills and Lea Bakken had 7 kills. Senior setter Rebecca Sharpe recorded 35 assists.
“All year we really haven’t had just one player dominate offensively, which I love,” Bordeaux said. “Everybody contributes to this team. It’s nice that we can count on other players and not just one player every game. They just go out and do their job.”
Lynnwood coach Annalise Mudaliar was pleased by the heart shown by her players. The Royals have nine newcomers to varsity this season.
“They really gave it their all,” Mudaliar said. “They had moments where we kind of lost confidence … We’d make one mistake and it stays in our heads rather than letting it go.”
Lynnwood was led by Angela Polevoy, who recorded 10 kills, and Alex Tyler, who had 18 digs. Setter Grace Douglas dished out 19 assists.
The Royals stayed close early on in the first game before the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-10 lead. Lynnwood led 7-4 in the second game but Edmonds-Woodway again seized control with a 10-3 run. Edmonds-Woodway closed out the night with another consistent performance in the third game.
The Warriors face Mount Vernon at 7 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 5 at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Lynnwood takes on Jackson in a loser-out game at 5 p.m., also at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
“We’re looking to keep climbing,” Bordeaux said. “This team is really striving to get to state.”
Lynnwood just needs to not focus on what goes wrong, Mudaliar said.
“We have to have that mentality of letting things go and moving past the mistake and being able to stay in the game mentally as well as physically,” she said,