Lady Falcons go 1-2 at state

  • Written by Don Mann
Jen Schnelle, left, and Frances Coughlin. File photo.
They were hoping to hang around a little longer and bring home a trophy.

But after falling to Bellarmine Prep in straight games (20-25,15-25, 20-25) on Saturday, the Woodinville volleyball team was bounced from the Class 4A state tournament and headed home from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey with a 1-2 record.

The Lady Falcons lost a barnburner to Kent-Meridian (25-14, 25-21, 15-25, 25-27, 14-16) in its opening Friday match to drop to the loser’s bracket in the 16-team tournament, then knocked off Kamiak in straight games in the nightcap.

“The last two games against K-M were weird,” coach Mike Mills said, citing some strange bounces and funky rolls at the net, “but that’s volleyball. Plus we had some service errors in that last game and you can’t afford to do that in a game to 15. It really was uncharacteristic of our season.”

Ali Forde had a whopping 31 kills and 25 digs in the contest.

Despite the early ouster, Mills was extremely happy with the season as a whole.

“Coming into the season we had a lot of question marks, with some key seniors having graduated. So to do what we did is a great accomplishment. The best part was going on that 15-game run late in the season, where we got in a groove and got really competitive. And of course winning the KingCo tournament. Those were some exciting times.”

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