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By David Pan 

Senior standouts lead versatile, balanced E-W offensive attack | Volleyball


Last updated 9/6/2018 at Noon

Kristen Reijonen returns as a setter or Edmonds-Woodway.

The Edmonds-Woodway volleyball team is in good hands.

The Warriors bring back of a pair of senior setters in Kristen Reijonen and Elizabeth Perenchio, who have been teammates for their entire high school careers.

The two provide consistency for an Edmonds-Woodway lineup that has undergone a few changes.

“There is a level of ease that comes with the two of them on the court,” Warriors coach Nicole Bordeaux said. “There’s a lot of confidence with their teammates. They’re both very smart and they know the game very well. We are very lucky and excited to have them return.”

The two major losses for the Warriors were first-team, outside hitter Sandra Yang and second-team libero Sam Hardan, both of whom are playing in college.

“We have a lot of new faces,” Perenchio said. “We’ve all played together through the years on different teams. It’ll be fun to see us putting it all together.”

The Edmonds-Woodway offense is shaping up to be more balanced than last season.

“What’s cool is last year we kind of only had one or two girls to go to and now we have a lot of girls,” Reijonen said. “They all have technique and talent. It’s exciting. I trust all of them.”

Bordeaux sees a lot of versatility among her players.

“This is probably the first season I’ve had multiple players that can play multiple positions,” she said. “So we’ve been moving players around from middle to outside or outside to right side all the way across the line. I don’t think you see that very often in high school It’s nice to have the flexibility. It also provides a variety of offensives.”

The Warriors also likely will be one of the taller teams in the Wesco 3A South. Senior Bella Ygelsias, junior Annalise Eunson and junior Sierra Lange are 5-foot-10 or taller. Also in the offensive mix is junior Maddie McMahan, a 5-10 basketball standout.

“Besides the height, we’ve got a lot of athletic talent,” Bordeaux said. “A couple of multiple sport athletes help with that.”

Edmonds-Woodway is coming off a district playoff appearance. Last season, the Warriors started off the season with four straight victories and then their next four matches before closing out the season with four more straight wins.

“The biggest things a lot of our seniors provide is stability,” Bordeaux said. “I think they help provide that energy that we need to keep peaking.”


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