Woodinville entered the night having won three of their past four. They were on a roll. But when they lost to Bothell last Monday, there was no mistaking the disappointment felt by Coach Andrea Roelen.
“We were out of sync, and it just wasn’t our night,” Roelen said. “I’m a little puzzled myself. It was a big night, the last senior home game, a great crowd, and… Blegh! It’s one of those we’re going to wish we had.”
A large, raucous crowd greeted the Lady Falcons as the team continued its bid to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Their opponent was the Bothell Cougars, who were eminently beatable with a 2-4 conference record.
But from the opening serve, Woodinville was out of sync with several unforced errors. Bothell won the opening set 25-13, and cruised to a 3-1 win.
The Falcons still have much to play for this season. As of this writing, they are 4-3 in Kingco4A and sit in fifth place. If the season ended today, they’d be playing Mount Vernon in the first round of the Kingco-Wesco playoffs.
“We’ve come a long way and we’re going to have some bumps [in the road],” Roelen said. “I told them that sometimes you’re going have nights where you’re a little off. And we were a little off tonight.”
“We just need to move on,” Emma Daoud-Hebert said. “We need to work hard in practice and do what Coach Hammer tells us.”
SEVEN SENIORS HONORED
A large group of Falcons played the final home game of their prep careers. They were Cate Quilantang, Emma Daoud-Hebert, Danielle Morris, Hailey Smith, Elise Wells, Ashleigh Barker and Colleen Ochs.
“I love each of each and every one of these girls with all my heart,” Daoud-Hebert said. “They are the most dedicated and hard-working group of girls I’ve ever played with… We’re a very close team. We’ve had team sleepovers and team dinners. It has been fun!”
“These seven gals are a very close-knit group,” Coach Roelen said. “They have been in the program for 3-4 years and it’ a big deal to [reach a point] where they believe and have learned what it feels like to win… They’ve been so fun to coach and I’m so proud of them… I’m honored to be their coach.”