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Marysville Getchell wins game, loses match to Everett
EVERETT — The scoreboard facing them wasn’t on but every Marysville Getchell volleyball player knew who was winning.
“I just kept looking back (at the scoreboard behind them),” said senior Getchell captain Katherine LaRosa. “Hoping it could come quicker.”
At one point trailing 18-14 in the Game 1, the Chargers came roaring back to score 10 of the next 12 points, looking like they’d done it 100 times before.
But they hadn’t.
In fact, the 25-20 win Sept. 22 against Everett was the first game Getchell won in school history. After an appropriate amount of celebration, the Chargers retook the court but ended up on the losing end of a 3-1 (20-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-12) result in 3A Western Conference play.
After the match was over, the Chargers embraced each other for taking one large collective step down the path that every new program must take.
“I’m super proud of all of us,” said LaRosa. “We have been working so hard so far and improving. This just shows that we will ultimately get to where we want to be.”
Despite losing the match, Getchell (0-4) showed positive spurts — especially in the first game — but no other aspect of their game was more promising than their serving, which at times overpowered the Seagulls (2-2). Leading the way in the Chargers’ service was senior Kali Burnside, who recorded three aces.
“Kali served phenomenally tonight,” said Getchell coach Mindy Staudinger. “She was able to hit the target players we were going for, making them have a difficult time passing the ball.”
Serving eight of the Chargers’ final 10 points in the first game was freshman defensive specialist Kaitlyn Bombach. At times, Bombach showed the skillset of an upperclassman in a variety of areas.
The Chargers also excelled on their front line, coming down with a number of blocks, as was evident in the third game where Everett’s lead was just 23-20, but the Seagulls were able to put it away.
“I think our blocking was so good,” LaRosa. “We all kind of rose to the challenge and worked together.”
Staudinger admitted that a formation mistake might have been the secret to their success, as her middle and outside back line started the first game out of order.
“I think that made them concentrate more on where they had to be and not over thinking anything,” she said.
LaRosa finished the match with 13 kills and 16 digs while Rian Meader had 26 assists and Mekalani Echevarra recorded six kills and five blocks.