Eagles spike Patriots
September 24, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Issaquah High School volleyball team found a multitude of ways to win during its three-set sweep of Liberty on Sept. 19.
In the first set, it was all about domination; in the second, the Eagles had to claw their way back from an early deficit; and in the third, Issaquah maintained its lead, despite a last minute surge by the Patriots.
“We’ve been working on serve aces in practice, and transition, and the girls clearly showed it on the floor tonight and they did what they needed to do to take the three games,” first-year Issaquah coach Amanda Sewell said.
Liberty had no answer for Issaquah’s commanding first set, when the Eagles defeated the Patriots, 25-8.
But Liberty seemed to regroup before the second set, leading most of the way, until Issaquah roared back to take its first lead of the game when the score was 19-18. The Eagles would not look back, eventually winning the set, 25-19.
“The turning point in that game was the girls coming together as a team,” Sewell said. “Our motto is team equals family. It’s about helping each other on and off the court, and just sticking together and functioning as a team.”
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 20-10 lead in the third set, before the Patriots went on a little run, scoring seven unanswered points to bring the score to a more manageable 20-17.
“I think today, for some reason, we needed a spark, and finally in that third game we got a bit of a spark and we could build off of it,” Liberty coach Trina Christensen said.
It didn’t last long, though, and the Eagles secured the winning set, 25-19.
Issaquah’s Kristen Plank led the Eagles with seven kills, while both Plank and libero Daniela Jaramillo shared the team-lead for aces with three.
“Our libero, she’s always corner to corner digging balls, flying around,” Sewell said.
The Eagles’ McKenzie Bostic led the team with 11 assists.
“She really stepped up today and put up some hittable balls for our hitters,” Sewell said.
For the Patriots, the Liberty coach highlighted the play of setter Malia Parilla, who led the team with seven assists and six digs.
“She’s the sole senior on the team and no matter what the score is, no matter what’s going on, she moves her feet, she gets to balls, she’s diving all over the ground,” Christensen said. “She’s someone that is always that spark for this team.”
The loss against a fellow Issaquah School District rival was a tough one for the Patriots, Christensen said, especially given the fact that the second-year coach is a Liberty alum herself.
“That was not the way that Liberty volleyball plays, so I think we have to regroup,” she said. “Today, the biggest thing was doing things right on our side of the net. It took us longer to do that than it should have.”
The contest marked the last nonconference game for both teams, as they head into league play. The Issaquah and Liberty volleyball teams are young this year, so the coaches said they expect a lot of growth and maturation as the season progresses.
“We’re a young team and we’re going to start out a little bit rough, and I’ve told the girls this, but I have good sight for us as the season progresses,” Sewell, an Issaquah graduate, said of the Eagles.
Liberty vs. Mercer Island
- 7 p.m. Sept. 25
- Mercer Island High School
Issaquah vs. Newport
- 7 p.m. Sept. 25
- Newport High School