The Peninsula Seahawks jumped out to a 2-0 start and appeared to be on their way to a win over the Enumclaw Hornets on Thursday night. But Enumclaw bounced back for a five-game victory in a South Puget Sound League 3A volleyball match.
Junior Georgie Harrison, who led Peninsula with 12 kills and 16 digs, said the Hornets made adjustments.
“They figured out our strategies, what our lineup was like, what we were doing, and who hit where,” Harrison said. “So they used that to their advantage.”
Seahawks senior Kelly Anderson, who finished with eight kills and 15 digs, said the team suffered a mental letdown.
“I think our focus slipped a little bit,” Anderson said. “I think we got in our own heads. We just needed to fight harder.”
The Seahawks pulled out close wins in the first two games, but they didn’t have enough left in the tank.
Enumclaw pulled away for the victory, 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-13, 15-12.
Enumclaw’s Barbie Becker led the Hornets with 21 kills and her powerful striking ability.
Peninsula head coach Ann Lovrovich said the Seahawks tried to minimize Becker’s impact, but there was only so much they could do.
“We did everything we could to try to stop her,” Lovrovich said. “We blocked her a ton, but they would cover, so I guess it didn’t really matter. We got in her head; she usually gets a lot more kills, I think, but five games is a long time to go, and they’re pretty deep. Barbie is hard to shut down.”
The Seahawks looked gassed in the later games, and it left Harrison to think improved endurance should be one of the team’s main goals as it moves forward.
“That would really help if we worked out a little bit harder in practice,” she said.
Lovrovich said she’s optimistic about the future.
“We’re just improving every game,” she said. “We’ll just keep going with what we’re going to work on, a little more stamina towards the end.
“Five games is a long time, and we’ve been playing five games quite often. We’re getting better at it every week, so hopefully when it comes time, we’ll be ready.”