The Lakewood girls volleyball team hosted the undefeated Ferndale Golden Eagles for their senior nigh on Oct. 25.
Coming into the match many people expected the Golden Eagles to dominate from beginning to end as they held a 12-0 regular season record. However, the Cougars stood tall as they kept it close and fought every step of the way. About halfway through the first set both teams were tied up at 10-10. Lakewood put together a 5-2 run and earned their first lead of the match, 15-12. After Lakewood got the lead, the Golden Eagles came roaring back as they passed the Cougars and then closed out the set 25-22.
Ferndale kept their momentum going from the end of the first set and opened up the second set on a 14-4 run before the Cougars called a timeout. After the timeout, the Golden Eagles didn’t let up as they kept the pedal down and dominated the set with a 25-12 victory.
In the final set the Cougars managed to put up a fight as they refused to be blown out. Lakewood kept it close, but the Golden Eagles were still able to cruise to a 25-18 victory, which secured the 3-0 match win.
“It was good for us to see that even though they’re undefeated, we were able to hang with them and compete. Ferndale made a few mistakes in the first and third sets, and I think that showed the younger girls that even a really good older team isn’t going to always play perfect,” said Lakewood Head Coach Megan Hunter.
The Cougars were led by their trio of seniors Stella Seth, Kimmy Epperson and Tehanna Goodall. Seth, right-side hitter, led the team in digs and also earned a few kills throughout the match. Epperson, setter, kept the team chemistry high as she spread the ball around floor and set up the Cougars to score. Goodall, outside hitter, dominated above the net as she led the Cougars in kills by a large margin as well as earning a couple of blocks.
With the regular season ending the Cougars will look to fight their way into the 2A District Playoffs held at Lynden and Sammamish high schools from Nov. 1-3.