The Yelm volleyball team lost its postseason pigtail game against Bainbridge High School three sets to nothing on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
The team ended its season with a 10-11 record.
Coach Molly O’Hagan said the game didn’t reflect her hopes for the team’s potential.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think it was the best performance of the growth that we’ve had over this season,” O’Hagan said. “It was a bit of a tough match-up for us. We showed some real moments of greatness, but unfortunately, it just didn’t fall our way.”
Bainbridge outscored the Tornados 25-19, 26-24 and 25-12 in each of the three sets, respectively.
“The first set, we came out and Bainbridge had us 0-9,” O’Hagan said. “So we bridged that gap there for a little bit, but it was just a little bit too little, too late.”
She said the girls started out strong in the second set, amassing a 20-14 lead at one point, but they were unable to hold on to the progress.
“Unfortunately, our momentum just didn’t stay consistent through the third,” O’Hagan said.
Despite it all, she said the team left the competition with high spirits.
“Our post-match chat in the locker room was really good,” O’Hagan said. “I talked about the individuals I had seen during tryouts and how we finished as a solid team.”
She said she has seen individual skill on the team progress significantly in the areas of defense, passing, attacking and setting from August to now, but she has also seen the team’s dynamic — the relationships and trust the girls formed with each other — grow a great deal as well.
“They’ve been really picking up at the right time at the end of this season with being able to hold themselves accountable, hold each other accountable and to know that if they are in the right spot, the person next to them is in the right spot,” O’Hagan said. “That just really makes us a cohesive team. That’s been a significant area of growth.”
Molly Corak, Jaelynn Carrier and Mya Phelps all received shoutouts for their stellar performances this year. Taylor McFadden and Taylor Icon received recognition for overall growth during the season. And O’Hagan recognized Selina Perez and Annika Klein as stand-out young talent for the team.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group to come in and have my first season with,” O’Hagan said. “These seniors showed amazing leadership and buy-in to everything that (I) and the coaching staff as a whole were trying to implement. And without that buy-in, we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve seen this season.”
And that success is considerable, since the volleyball team has not seen a postseason match since 2005, said Athletic Director Rob Hill.
“With the new coach at the helm, we got girls believing, and there’s a culture shift happening with our volleyball program,” Hill said.
Hill also detailed the successes of the other sports teams during the fall season.
The football team has a 10-0 record so far, girls soccer ended with a 6-10 record, boys tennis was 7-6 in league as the regional champions and the boys cross country team won 10th at the state meet, with girls cross country sending some runners into the postseason.
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