Despite another lost by the Mountlake Terrace volleyball team Tuesday night, head coach Marietta Snyder isn’t called it a lost year for the Hawks yet.
“It’s been a tough season,” Snyder said following a 3-1 defeat (25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 25-15) to Shorewood. “We have a losing record but I feel like we shouldn’t. There are moments of good, but there’s a lot of moments of bad.”
The Hawks’ overall season record fell to 1-7; Terrace’s lone victory so far this year has been over winless Marysville-Getchell.
Some of the team’s “moments of bad” came early in their matchup with Shorewood (4-1 in Wesco, 4-4 overall) at Mountlake Terrace High School. The T-Birds jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first game, a deficit that the Hawks were unable to come back from as Shorewood went on to win the first game 25-19.
Another slow start in the second game doomed Terrace; down early, the Hawks fought back to within a point at 13-12, but the T-Birds pulled away in the end to win by 25-19 again.
Terrace bounced back in the third game, taking a 16-11 lead, then holding on for a 26-24 win. Then after a 2-0 start in the fourth game, the Hawks were bowled over by a determined T-Birds squad that went on a 10-4 run, ultimately winning the final game 25-15 and the match 3-1.
While Shorewood displayed hustle and resiliency throughout the match, Snyder felt it was unforced errors committed by her Hawks that led to the loss. “It’s not like they did anything to us; we did it to ourselves. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” she said.
Snyder pointed out that more than a third of the season still remains, giving her squad plenty of opportunities to collect some wins and reach the 3A District 1 Tournament the first week of November.
“They all have the ability, they’re just not clicking,” Snyder conceded concerning the Hawks effort so far this season. “I have setters that have great hands … I have hitters that can hit, but sometimes they are too cautious.”
“We just have to practice harder and just have to get in a mindset that we’re here to play-to-win, not to play to (just) not make mistakes,” she said. “That is where we are at right now. We’re so worried about not getting a point; we’re being safe and cautious.”
“We still have one-third of a season left. We’ll see if we can turn it around,” Snyder said.
Terrace’s next opportunity to end their five-game losing streak is on Thursday, Oct. 9, when they travel to Arlington to face the 6-2 Eagles; first serve is at 7 p.m.
In other Terrace sports action on Tuesday, the girls soccer team dropped their third match-in-a-row with a 3-1 loss to the Everett Seagulls at Lynnwood High School while the Hawk girls swim team was no match for Jackson, losing 124-41 to the Timberwolves at the Lynnwood pool.
MTHS volleyball vs Shorewood
Shorewood 3, Mountlake Terrace 1 (25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 25-15)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-5 in Wesco, 1-7 overall; Shorewood 4-1, 4-4
MTHS next match: vs. Arlington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at Arlington High School
MTHS soccer vs. Everett
Everett 3, Mountlake Terrace 1
Records: Mountlake Terrace 3-2-1 in Wesco, 4-4-2 overall; Everett 2-3-1, 4-4-2
MTHS next match: vs. Stanwood, Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Stanwood High School
MTHS swimming vs. Jackson
Jackson 124, Mountlake Terrace 41
MTHS event winner: Annika Matthews in the 100 meter butterfly, 1:13.74
MTHS next meet: vs. Snohomish, Everett and Glacier Peak, Thursday, Oct. 9, 3:15 p.m. at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish
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