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Warriors on a hot streak | Volleyball

Edmonds-Woodway has won six straight matches

 

October 24, 2019

David R Pan

Edmonds-Woodway's Natalie Bergner pounds the ball against Shorecrest during a Wesco 3A match Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Edmonds-Woodway volleyball team is on quite a roll.

After losing three out of their first four league matches, the Warriors have won six straight, including a 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco 3A clash Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Senior Natalie Bergner led a balanced offensive attack with nine kills. Senior Grace Lewis finished with seven kills and senior Annalise Eunson had five kills. Senior Kaiona Apio had 18 digs and junior Maggie McGinness had 26 assists.

"It was definitely a great match," Bergner said. "We were very energetic. We've been working on a lot of stuff in practice and we've been bringing that into our game. We've been improving and going faster and going hard and getting more energy in the game."

Edmonds-Woodway coach Nicole Bordeaux said that the Warriors have been working on more consistency in the offense and improving on their defense. She saw progress on both fronts against the Scots.

"We just have had a hard time running our offense because our defense hasn't been as strong," Bordeaux said.

The improved defense allowed Edmonds-Woodway's setters to use all of their hitters.

"People are just so versatile," Bergner said. "They can hit from different places on the court. We have great players this year and everybody can go in so many different positions."

In a 16-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Lynnwood, sophomore Erika Fosberg, junior Kaddy Kongira and Eunson each recorded seven kills. Senior Sierra Lange added six kills.

"That's one of our strengths," Bordeaux said. "We don't have a dominant outside hitter. We've got several at all points. It's nice to be able to use them all the way across the board.

"Nobody wants the ball every time. They want to share that. They really have that team aspect under their belt."

The Warriors also have been able to dig deep and climb out of some tough situations. During Edmonds-Woodway's 25-23, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Cedarcrest, the Warriors rallied from nine-point deficit to pull out a set.

"They don't give up," Bordeaux said. "They just stay focused. They keep their composure."

Edmonds-Woodway (7-3 in the league, 8-3 overall) sits in fourth place in the league behind Arlington (11-0, 11-0), Oak Harbor (10-1, 10-1) and Snohomish (9-1, 9-1).

 

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