MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks girls volleyball team traveled to Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and fell to the Grizzlies, 3-0.
“We didn’t have a really strong offense, so that’s what hurt us,” said first-year head coach Ashley Dailer. “We were right in all of the games, and it was definitely within reach, but we just couldn’t finish.”
While the Tommies dropped all three games of the match, 18-25, 20-25 and 16-25, Dailer said the team worked hard throughout the match and fought back after falling behind.
“We tend to get behind early in the game, but they fight back, which is good to see. We were behind by 10 points in the last game against Glacier Peak, but we fought back and finished the game with 16 points. They just really work hard,” said Dailer.
“Kendal McCoy played some great backcourt defense, and Bailey Scallan, our sophomore setter, did great, running down balls and setting balls,” said Dailer.
Dailer pointed out that the Tommies are a young team with only three seniors.
“The seniors are our captains,” said Dailer. “We do have a lot of younger girls who are starting to step up as leaders, and that’s nice to see for next year.”
Despite the challenges of the season, Dailer said that her girls have played well.
“Marley Reynolds is a senior middle blocker, and she has, for most of our games, been our leader in kills. And Megan Nelson is another senior middle blocker, and she has also been consistent with the kills in the middle,” said Dailer. “And we have a freshman, Alexis Bundy, who has really helped us out, and has really proven herself out there on the court.”
Dailer added, “It’s been good to see the girls come together and play more together as a team, because we do have a lot of girls that weren’t part of the varsity team last year. It’s nice to see them get this experience now at the varsity level, and have the leaders that we have help them out.”
The Tomahawks faced off against crosstown rival Marysville Getchell on Oct. 17 and won 3-0. That brings their record, as of Oct. 18, to 1-5 in conference and 2-9 overall.
M-P’s remaining games in the regular season include the Oct. 22 home match against Stanwood, the Oct. 28 match at Everett, and the Oct. 30 home match against Oak Harbor.