Ferndale’s volleyball team fell to Marysville-Pilchuck 3-0 in a Class 3A Northwest District Tournament match Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Shorewood High School.
Even though the Golden Eagles lost in three straight sets, the game was competitive, as Ferndale lost each set by only four points. Each set was 25-21 in Marysville-Pilchuck’s favor.
The Golden Eagles hit a road-block before the match even started when Taryn Potter injured her ankle.
“We lost our main middle hitter, Taryn, which shook our young team heading into the game,” Ferndale coach Pattie Hoelzle said in a phone interview.
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After Potter went down, Ferndale had to find a way to pick up its intensity and Abby Reid stepped up for the Golden Eagles, Hoelzle said.
“Abby maintained the intensity and focus that we needed,” Hoelzle said.
Throughout the match, the sets were competitive and came down to the wire, but Marysville-Pilchuck’s intensity was too great to match and Ferndale couldn’t execute, Hoelzle said.
Whitney Walker finished the match with 18 kills, Abby Reid ended with 35 assists and Brittney Olinger had 13 digs.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles move to the consolation side of the bracket, still hopeful to make it to the state tournament.
“We have to work our way back up,” Hoelzle said.
Ferndale will face Glacier Peak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the winner of that game will go on to play in a winner-to-state game on Saturday, Nov. 8, also at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.