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By David Pan
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High hopes for Mavericks


September 12, 2019

David R Pan

Meadowdale's Sabrina Jahed works on her hitting during practice.

The Meadowdale volleyball team is looking to up its game.

With most of their players returning from last year's district playoff team, the prospects for 2019 are promising for the Mavericks.

"With this group, I'm expecting more," Meadowdale coach Machen Shrum said. "I'm expecting us to go further no matter what the other teams have. We can't worry about them."

Shrum sees a Meadowdale squad that possess a strong defense, aggressive hitting and good communication.

The offense brings back solid experience with seniors Sophie Kotz (middle blocker), Sabrina Jahed (outside hitter) and Ashley Bagstad (outside hitter). Kotz gives the Mavericks a strong power game.

"I'm excited about Sabrina, hitting on the outside, and Ashley Bagwell, our other outside hitter," Shrum added. "They've become very consistent and pretty good at hitting spots."

The Mavericks' defense looks to be improved.

"Last year we had a couple of good defenders," Shrum said. "This year we have more people who can defend."

Seven of the 11-player roster were on last year's team. Meadowdale is going to be relying on them and in particular the seniors – Kotz, Jahed, Bagstad, Kimberly Kier and Eloise Gabu – to help the newcomers get the hang of varsity.

"We're going to be depending on them when it comes to match time," Shrum said. "We've got the younger ones who are not used to this level. I'm really counting on the seniors to bring their confidence and bring their calm when it comes to matches."

Bagstad is impressed by the work ethic of her new teammates.

"Everyone is working well together," she said. "Practices are great."

Bagstad noted that freshman setter Aubrey Congdon is a solid addition to the Mavericks.

"She goes all out for every single ball," Bagstad said. "She's a great player."

Jahed said that part of what she learned from last year's successful run to district tournament is not to look too far ahead and instead be focused on the immediate task at hand.

"Every single game counts," she said. "Every match counts and every point counts."


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