High School Sports

Ferndale finishes strong, advances to third-place game Saturday

The Golden Eagles’ volleyball team’s season is still alive after winning 3-2 over Glacier Peak in the Class 3A District Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Ferndale got off to a slow start, losing the first two sets 25-21, 25-21. But came back strong to win the match after winning the last three sets 25-21, 25-16, 16-13.

Outside hitters Whitney Walker and Julia Olson both recorded 20 kills, middle blocker Rose Compton had seven blocks and nine kills and setter Abby Reid finished the game with 48 assists and three aces.

“We’re playing to keep our season alive now,” Ferndale coach Pattie Hoelzle said in a phone interview. “This team has heart and commitment to the game.”

The Golden Eagles were focused on the outcome of the game, instead of what it takes to get there, Hoelzle said.

For the last three sets, Walker and Olson started getting the kills necessary to get the team a win.

“Our game plan the whole game was to put the ball outside,” Hoelzle said. “Whitney and Julia put the shots in the corner, which is how their kills started racking up.”

In order for the Golden Eagles’ outside hitters to get their kills, a strong performance from Reid was needed and that was the case in the match.

“I can’t say enough about Abbie, the only senior on our team,” Hoelzle said. “Her intensity level and focus in-game is huge. She’s the heart and soul of our team and was responsible for the win tonight.”

With a strong road win, Hoelzle said Ferndale is now looking toward the district third place game Saturday.

“It was a huge win on the road, we still have our sights set on the third-place game on Saturday,” Hoelzle said.

Ferndale will face Oak Harbor at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in a winner-to-state, loser-out game. That game will be the third meeting between the teams this season.

“We know who their hitters are,” Hoelzle said. “We’ll be ready for the game.”