Mariner beats Cascade | Volleyball

By David Pan | Sep 29, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Mariner’s Jennifer Caywood smashes the ball over the net during a Wesco 4A match against Cascade Sept. 21 at Cascade High School.

Mariner took a huge step forward with its first victory of 2016.

Senior Jennifer Caywood recorded 13 kills to help lead the Marauders to a 17-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Cascade in a Wesco 4A volleyball match Sept. 21 at Cascade High School.

A year ago, Mariner won its first and only match of the season, also against the Bruins, but it was toward the end of their schedule rather than the fourth match of the year.

“This is a really big win,” Caywood said. “It’s a really great start for this year and sets a good pace for how we’re going to play in future games.”

Mariner (1-3) actually could have ended the week with three wins. The Marauders previously lost 3-2 matches to Mount Vernon and Glacier Peak. Mariner led the Bulldogs 2-0, but saw Mount Vernon rally for the victory.

“We’re making progress,” Mariner coach Julia Church said.

The Marauders weren’t focused in the first game against Cascade.

“We weren’t playing as a team,” Caywood said. “We were kind of playing as individuals, but then our coach got us right back on track and told us we needed to play together.”

Church said that the Marauders lost sight of their game plan and refocused after the loss in the first game.

“It was getting that composure back and going back to the basics,” she added.

The final game went back and forth between the two teams. But following a Mariner timeout, the Marauders finished strong.

“Cascade did a great job of sending free balls over short and deep,” Church said. “We were able to strategize (during the timeout) a little bit to pick them up better.”

Sophomore Hayley Muir recorded 11 kills and junior Nia Hawkins added 9 kills. Setter Corinne Davis dished out 42 assists.

In her first season on varsity, Hawkins is becoming an ever-increasing offensive threat.

“She’s really kind of come into her own out there on the court,” Church said. “She did a great job. She’s setting her blocks well. She’s getting her hits.”

Mariner’s energy level also picked up, especially toward the end of the match, Caywood said. “If we miss a point, we don’t get down on ourselves.”

The Marauders worked hard in the offseason with their conditioning and that work is helping them out on the court.

“Getting in the weight room really helps with our strength and our vertical,” Caywood said.

The key to the rest of the season is Mariner’s mental game.

“We have all the tools,” Church said. “We have all the skills. It’s all mental. Can we be more mentally tough than the other teams?”

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