After an easy first-set victory, the Mountlake Terrace High School volleyball team found itself a point away from losing the second set in a match-up with Glacier Peak Monday night. Down 24-20, Hawk senior Madison Eich strung together six straight serves that led to Terrace points and the team pulled off the surprising second-set win. Then with a decisive third set victory, the Hawks prevailed in the match 3-0 over the visiting Grizzlies.
The straight-set, 25-14, 26-24, 25-15 win keeps the Hawks in a first-place tie with Meadowdale for the 3A Wesco League lead at 7-1 in league play, 10-3 overall.
Terrace fell behind early in the second set against Glacier Peak after hitting a few kill attempts wide and failing to avoid a couple Grizzly blocks at the net. Eich blamed an overall slump in team spirit; “We were down because we weren’t talking enough,” she said, “but that was our fault.”
Stepping up for those serves late in the second set, Eich said she was simply concentrating on the basics. “I’m just thinking back there, ‘just get the serve over – make sure it’s in the court,’” she said. The six straight serves were all good, and her teammates turned them into points and the second set win.
With the Hawks winning six points in a row and the second set, the deflated Glacier Peak team never recovered. “I feel that we grabbed the momentum from the last couple of serves of that set,” Eich said. Terrace was never challenged in the third set, taking an 11-3 lead and then cruising to the straight-set victory.
The second-set late comeback could be a real confidence booster for the Hawks, Eich observed. “It tells us that we can come back from anything. We have the mentality; we have everything to pull us back together and just crush the other team.”
Head Coach Marietta Snyder also liked what she saw from her team during the comeback. “We picked ourselves up and crawled out of the hole. And I’m very proud of them,” she said.
Terrace plays their final regular season match on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at home versus Shorecrest, a match that will be broadcast live on the Sound Live Sports Network beginning at 6:50 p.m. With a win, the Hawks will claim the 3A Wesco League regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the district tournament that begins on Nov. 5. Terrace holds the tiebreaker over Meadowdale due to their Oct. 17 victory over the Mavericks.
MTHS Girls Volleyball – Mountlake Terrace 3 – Glacier Peak 0
Glacier Peak 14 24 15 — 0
Mountlake Terrace 25 26 25 — 3
Records: Mountlake Terrace, 7-1 in league play, 10-3 overall; Glacier Peak 4-4, 5-8
MTHS next match: versus Shorecrest, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Mountlake Terrace High School
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski