The Marysville Getchell volleyball team hosted their crosstown rival, Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks, for their annual Dig for the Cure match on Oct. 16.
Each season the two Marysville teams come together and put all their proceeds from the match into donations to the Seattle Cancer Cure Alliance.
The Chargers started the first set relying on their team chemistry and went on a quick 14-4 run to put the Tomahawks back on their heels. Marysville-Pilchuck battled back after falling behind and went on a 9-4 run of their own. Even after the late push the Chargers secured the first set 25-19.
The second set was more of the same as Marysville Getchell got up early and kept the Tomahawks at bay. The Chargers finished the set 25-18 and stood one set away from the match victory.
With the match on the line, Marysville-Pilchuck made sure to fight for every last point. About halfway through the match they found themselves down 13-12 after using their first time out. After the quick break, the Tomahawks went on an impressive set-clinching 13-4 run and took the third set 25-17.
Marysville Getchell came out quick in the fourth set with a short 7-4 run to give them a slight lead early on. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the Tomahawks did not let up and battled back to tie the score. Throughout the entire set both teams battled for the lead, as it came down to a 20-20 score late. The Tomahawks managed to close it out on a 5-2 run, and force the tiebreaker set with a score of 25-22.
Both teams came out on fire in the final set, making sure to not allow any significant runs early on. The Tomahawks broke the first run, leading 9-5, and forced the Chargers to use a time out. After the time out Marysville Getchell clawed their way back slightly, but in the end the Tomahawks pulled out the incredible upset 15-9 and the match score of 3-2.
“We started making a lot more errors and gave a few points away. We just need to focus on our mental game and make sure that we don’t ever lose that edge, no matter what the score is,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kristina Neff.
The Chargers were led by Sydney Norton, Mikail Montez and Kate Roberts. Norton, senior setter, organized her team on each possession as she set up her outside hitters all night. Montez and Roberts, senior and junior middle blockers, led the team with kills in key situations and also tallied up a few blocks.
“I give a lot of credit to the girls for never quitting because it’s hard to drop two in a row and keep fighting to win out. The confidence in our girls was the big difference after that second set and you could see it in their play,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Nate McLellan.
Marysville-Pilchuck was led by Danika Loucks, Miriah Summers and Alexis Wojcicki. Loucks, senior setter, led her team in assists and was a big part in rallying them in the later sets. Summers, senior outside hitter, earned a few kills in each set as she kept a lot of runs alive. Wojcicki, senior middle blocker, used her height and skill to lead the Tomahawks in blocks and kills.
If you want to come out to support the Chargers, their last home match of the season will be against the Shorecrest Scots on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Across town, on the same date and time, the Tomahawks will be hosting the Stanwood Spartans for their final home match.