The Marysville-Pilchuck volleyball team kicked off their season against the Lynnwood Royals on Sept. 12.

The Royals got off to a strong start as they opened up the first set on a 6-1 run. After the fast start, the Tomahawks battled back and had a 9-2 run of their own as they established a 10-8 lead. For the rest of the set both teams battled back and forth with Lynnwood closing it out 25-22.

The second set was completely different as Marysville-Pilchuck came out with a huge run of 15-7 over the Royals. After creating a huge lead, they never looked back as they only allowed Lynnwood to score 5 more points before taking the set 25-12.

After a strong performance in the second set, the Tomahawks couldn’t repeat their dominance as Lynnwood took control of the next two sets. Over the final two sets the Royals won by 25-13 and 25-12, respectively, and walked away with the 3-1 win over Marysville-Pilchuck.

“This is a growing year, with how many seniors we graduated last season. They just have to develop that chemistry out on the court, and we have to get better with our passing. I’m starting to see everything come together and we’ll clean it up with more time out there,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Nate McLellan.

The Tomahawks were led by their players in the middle, Ayanna Sabbas and Emmalia Napeahi. Sabbas, senior setter, set up her hitters as she had 18 assists throughout the four sets. Napeahi, sophomore libero, stepped up on the defensive end as she led the team with 27 digs.

On the front-line Caylee Carter and Madyson Baxter took control near the net. Carter, junior middle blocker, used her height and athleticism with a team high six kills and two blocks. Baxter, junior outside hitter, played opposite of Carter as she earned five kills of her own.

If you want to come out and cheer on the Tomahawks their next home match will be against the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.


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