High School Sports

Squalicum recovers from losing first set to top Meridian

Squalicum’s volleyball team recovered from a first-set hiccup to defeat Meridian 3-1 in a Northwest Conference matchup on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Meridian.

The Trojans took the first set 25-18 before the Storm came storming back to take the next three in a row, 25-20, 25-17, 25-12.

“The first set we served really tough and got them out of their system,” Meridian coach Shannon Claeys said in a phone interview. “They were giving us a lot of free balls, and we were scrappy getting balls and had a lot of kills. The second set was close, but as it went on we made more errors.”

Squalicum was led by Haley Minninger’s 42 assists. Kelsey Segren added 15 kills and Kate Alvord had 14 kills.

“I give Meridian a lot credit. They came out ready to go with energy and we came out flat,” Squalicum coach Laurie Quigley said in a phone interview. “We just went back to basics. Our seniors led the way tonight, but we were just in a funk and needed them to play well.”

Meridian had 12 aces as a team and 101 digs. It was led by Claire Burkett’s 10 kills and 22 digs. Ellie Dennis added five aces and 23 digs, Alexia Bernardy had nine kills and 20 digs, and Taylor Brackinreed had 23 assists, two aces and four kills.

Squalicum hosts Sehome on Thursday, Oct. 21, while the Trojans travel to Burlington-Edison the same day.

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