Skyline volleyball team rallies to top Eastlake

October 25, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Halle Erdahl, Skyline junior outside hitter, reaches as she spikes the ball over the net during the second set against Eastlake on Oct. 18. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School sophomore Emily Anne Owen was on a roll from the serving line Oct. 18 against Eastlake.

Serving on 12- and 11-point runs in the third and fourth sets, Owen, a libero and defensive specialist, helped the Skyline girls volleyball team improve to 6-2 in league play after beating the Eastlake Wolves, 3-1, in the second-to-last regular-season match.

“I felt pretty good. Everybody kept the ball in play,” Owen said. “It felt really good to pull through and get the win.”

The Spartans overcame a first-set loss — Eastlake won it 25-23 — and relied on steady serving from Owen and consistent combination strikes from outside hitters Maddie Magee, a senior, and Halle Erdahl, a junior. Even though it had its fair share of comebacks and streaks, Eastlake went to 3-5 in KingCo Conference 4A and 5-7 overall.

The Wolves got out to a hot start, beating the Spartans by two in the first. After Skyline got out to a quick 10-4 start in the second, Eastlake came back and tied it at 16 apiece, thanks in part to kills from junior Anna Gorman. Skyline scored quick points and started to get Eastlake playing on its heels. It won the second set, 25-20, and easily won the third set, 25-11.

Despite a continued threat from Gorman and senior Taylor Finlon, Eastlake struggled to fight back after Skyline found a rhythm and went on a 12-0 run with Owen serving. Owen finished the night with two aces and 12 digs.

“We just made our own mistakes,” Eastlake coach Janna Tonahill said. “We let them go on runs. And a few more balls dropped than usual.”

In the fourth set, the Wolves battled to within one point to make it 8-7 Skyline. But the Spartans went up 13-10 and then went on a 12-1 run to close out the match.

Skyline had to adjust part way through the match when sophomore outside hitter Katy Mounsey twisted her ankle and had to sit out. The girls played consistent and organized, but relied on big plays from Magee, Erdahl and Madison Stoa, a senior setter.

“The girls kinda made a big adjustment there,” Skyline coach Callie Wesson said.

Magee finished with 15 kills, three blocks and 12 digs. Erdahl had two aces, 17 digs and 14 kills; and Stoa had three aces, 15 digs and 31 assists.

For Eastlake, Finlon finished the match with 26 assists and Gorman had 13 kills. Senior Stephanie Clay finished with 17 digs and senior Sarah Pellicano had 10 digs. Her sister, sophomore Angela Pellicano, executed three aces.

Spartans coast by Redmond

Skyline overwhelmed host Redmond, 3-0, Oct. 20. The Spartans won the games, 25-13, 25-8, 25-8.

Erdahl had 15 kills, 10 digs and three aces to lead Skyline. Alyssa Workman contributed 31 assists and Chloe Epker had eight kills and seven aces.

Skyline went to 7-2 in league action and 11-2 for the season.

Eagles split pair of matches

Issaquah downed Ballard, 3-2, Oct. 20. The Eagles won the first set, 25-17, but Ballard bounced back to win the next two games, 25-23 and 25-23. Issaquah won the fourth game, 25-16, to set up the tiebreaker. The Eagles won the tiebreaker, 15-6. The Eagles went to 3-6 in league competition and into a tie with Ballard and Eastlake for seventh place.

On Oct. 18, Issaquah had an inspired effort but the Eagles lost to then unbeaten Roosevelt, 3-2, at Roosevelt.

Roosevelt won the first set, 25-19, but Issaquah fought back to win the second game, 25-21. After Roosevelt took the third set, 25-15, Issaquah rallied to take the fourth game, 26-24, to set up a tiebreaking fifth game. Roosevelt won the tiebreaker, 15-9.

It was only the second time this season that Roosevelt, 8-0 in league play and 12-0 for the season, had been pushed to five games. On Oct. 20, Roosevelt lost to Newport, 3-2, in a battle of KingCo powers.

Issaquah had several strong performances against Roosevelt. Sam Rogers led the Eagles with 14 kills, 10 digs and five aces. McKenzie Bostic contributed 28 assists and three aces. Lindsey Ferguson had 18 digs and nine aces. Leanne Scott added 10 digs and Kirsten Fischer had seven kills.

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