By Tate Thomson
The Wolverines volleyball team finished the 2017 season with pride.
They came out on top, with a score of 3-0, in their tie-breaker game against Darrington in LaConner on Oct. 26. They were battling for the second place title in the league. However, after losing 3-0 to Crosspoint on Oct. 31 at the bi-division playoffs, the Wolverines had to step it up. They traveled to Mount Vernon Christian on Nov. 2 for the second round of playoffs and took on Darrington first. Darrington went up the first two sets on the Wolverines, but the Wolverines fought back and won three straight sets to win the match. According to coach Derek Smith, after a brief break amidst hours of battling, the Wolverines faced off against Crosspoint once again for the second place bi-district title. A spot at the state finals was on the line. Riding high on adrenaline, said Smith, the Wolverines took the first set 25-12. Crosspoint came back to win the next three sets, knocking the Wolverines out of the playoffs.
“Last year, we knocked Crosspoint out of the playoffs and Darrington knocked us out, so this year, although a tough loss, it seems everything came around for these three teams,” said Smith.
The Wolverines lose seven graduating seniors this year; Emma Jean Carpentier, Ella Hu, Midi Thomas, Kiana Woods, Laurel Robertson, Savannah Hoffman, and Caroline Bryant. They also lose their setter, Camila Jimenez, who was an exchange student and returns to Spain at the end of the year.
Smith is optimistic and said, “we have some amazing juniors, sophomores, and freshmen that played varsity and junior varsity this year so we’re looking forward to another great year already!”