The Marysville-Pilchuck volleyball team hosted their crosstown rival Marysville Getchell Chargers in their annual Dig for the Cure match on Oct. 22.
From the first few points, both teams seemed to be evenly matched, as neither team was able to create a huge lead. The Tomahawks and Chargers stayed neck-and-neck as they found themselves tied at 14-14 halfway through the first set. They continued to keep the battle close and were tied minutes later at 24-24. With a couple of clutch plays late in the set the Chargers took the first set, 26-24.
The second set was a completely different story as the Tomahawks got off to a quick 6-2 lead to open the set. Marysville Getchell battled back and tied it up at 7-7 after a 5-1 run. Fortunately for Marysville-Pilchuck, they took the momentum back and rode it for an 18-8 run that closed out the second set 25-15.
In the third set both teams came in with the same fire that they had coming into the night. With a few lead changes early, both teams found themselves tied at 11-11 with tough play in the front line. Coming off the tie, the Chargers went on a big 8-2 run to secure the 19-13 lead. After creating the gap, it looked like Marysville Getchell would take the set, but the Tomahawks wouldn’t let it slip away after putting together a 9-4 run, leaving the Chargers up 23-22. A few long rallies and strong finishes later, Marysville-Pilchuck took the set, 27-25.
The Tomahawks looked to close out the match in the fourth set as they dominated early with a 16-9 run before the first time out was called. Marysville Getchell managed to fight back but it was too late as Marysville-Pilchuck finished the set, 25-19. The Tomahawks took the match by a set score of 3-1.
“When we come out strong playing together and communicating, I think we can challenge most teams. We need to keep winning over these last two matches and set ourselves up in position to compete in the postseason,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Nate McClellan.
The Tomahawks front line took control behind Caylee Carter, Madyson Baxter and Carly Scallan. The junior duo of Carter and Baxter combined for a total of 15 kills throughout the match. Scallan, sophomore outside hitter, held her own as she earned six kills of her own.
On the back line, Marysville-Pilchuck was led by their seniors Jenna Olson, Taylor Bichel and Ayana Sabbas. Olson, libero, was huge on the defensive end with a match-high 31 digs. Their setters Bichel and Sabbas accounted for eight and 14 assists, respectively.
“I think we battled really well, and we played hard, but I think overall it was just a matter of mental errors. Moving forward I just want them to stay checked in, we have a lot of potential and as long as we fix the mental mistakes, they can play really well,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kristina Klinginsmith.
Marysville Getchell’s upperclassmen led the way behind seniors Kelsey Kolling, Peyton Schmidt and Alexus Atkins. Kolling, outside hitter, earned a match-high with nine kills and added on an ace. Schmidt, defensive specialist, tallied a team-high in digs with a total of 19. Atkins, middle blocker, used her height in the front line to dominate with three blocks and three kills.
The Chargers' sophomore outside hitter, Kerragyn Heacock, was all over the court and filled the stat sheet alongside the seniors. She finished with four kills, four aces and 17 digs.
Your final chance to catch the Tomahawks this regular season will be away, as they take on the Stanwood Spartans on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. If you want to support the Chargers, their final home match will be against the Arlington Eagles on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.