Scrappy Marauders continuing to make progress | Football

Mariner starts out well against Monroe
By David Pan | Oct 11, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Rachael Hendrickson and Brittany Udo go up for a block against Monroe’s Tatum McGovern during a Wesco 4A match Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Mariner High School.

Mariner came out strong against Monroe.

The Marauders led early in the first set, but then couldn’t sustain the effort and eventually went on to lose 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 to the Bearcats in a Wesco 4A volleyball match Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Mariner High School.

Senior co-captain Brittany Udo said that the start to the match was one of the best sets the Marauders have played this season.

“But we need to learn how to finish and learn how to take a set and keep going and keep running with it,” Udo said.

Monroe took the lead with a 5-point run that the Marauders were not able to recover from, according to junior co-captain Jaleena Valle.

“I think once they get a run on us of five or more points, our momentum and our energy just dropped,” Valle said. “We have to work on just forgetting about the run that they got and just keep on pushing.”

Mariner coach Julia Church said that the Marauders were passing well in the first set.

“When we pass well, we can set well. We can run options,” Church said. “If we can pass and serve well, you’re going to win volleyball games. You’re going to close that gap with the score.”

In contrast to the first set, Mariner fell behind in sets two and three early and struggled to overcome the early 5-point deficits.

“The energy went down a little bit,” said Church, who added that she doesn’t like to call timeouts so early in the set. “We’ve got to dig deep. We’ve got to mentally stay in it from start to finish. We’re going to continue to work on that.”

Church said that the season has gone well with a younger team that lacks varsity experience.

“We’re still learning as we go along, but I give kudos to the girls for showing up every day,” Church said. “They’re putting in the work. … Eventually it’s going to click and I think we saw a glimpse of that tonight, especially in the first set.”

Udo recorded 7 kills and 5 blocks and Valle had 15 digs. Rachael Hendrickson finished with 4 blocks. New setter Taylor Rudberg dished out 25 assists along with six kills.

Udo is impressed by Mariner’s sophomore setter.

“She’s amazing,” Udo said. “Her sets are really improving. Being a setter is one of the hardest positions on the court in volleyball. She’s really working hard.”

Church sees toughness from Rudberg.

“We rely on a lot from her,” Church said. “She’s been doing great things for us.”

Church is emphasizing to her players that they need to put together a string of three points and minimize the opponent’s runs.

“I feel like the girls were really mindful of this tonight,” Church said of the Monroe match. “It showed on the court. There was a little bit more urgency to get that ball back and for us to get a string of points ourselves.”

The Marauders defeated Cascade 3-1 on Sept. 20 for their only victory in the first half of the regular season.

“We’ve been improving,” Valle said. “We’ve got to fight harder now that we’re playing them (league opponents) the second time. … If we’re going to win games, we all have to fight and play as a team. It just can’t be a couple of players on the court. It has to be everybody.”

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