High School Sports

Meridian comes back to grab first win of year

Despite a sluggish start, the Meridian volleyball team came back to grab its first win of the season, beating visiting Sedro-Woolley 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 on Monday, Oct. 28, in its season finale.

“It was really good for this team to go out on a win,” Meridian coach Shannon Claeys said in a phone interview. “The girls were so determined to win.”

The stat sheet showed that, as Julia Broussard and Ellie Dennis led the Trojans (1-13, 1-11 NWC) with 10 kills apiece, Clair Burkett had nine and Alexia Bernardy had seven. Sarah Mack led the way with 16 digs, while Taylor Brakinreed had a team-high 35 assists.

Emma Weg had a team-high five aces, though Bernardy had four and Dennis three, as Meridian’s serving played a big part in the Trojans’ ability to come back after the first-set loss.

“We just started siding out better,” Claeys said. “Our serve-receive passing improves, so we were able to run our offense better. ... Sedro came out slinging it — they really wanted to win. I think we started a little slow and tentative, but we started making some smart plays and combined to pick it up.”