Scrappy Marauders rally to beat Bruins | Volleyball

Hendrickson’s aces helps Mariner overcome 2-0 deficit
By David Pan | Oct 10, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Rachael Hendrickson goes up for the ball during a Wesco 4A match against Glacier Peak.

Mariner’s scrappiness and confidence were put to the test.

Down 2-0 and trailing by eight points in the decisive third set against Cascade, the Marauders staged the comeback of the season.

Mariner pulled out the third set and won the next two to record its first win of the season 23-25. 23-25, 25-22, 25-21. 15-8 in a Wesco 4A volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 27, at Cascade High School.

“We needed that win,” Marauders coach Julia Riordan said. “It was fun to see the girls fight back. … What we’re trying to preach to the girls is don’t get use to losing. You are capable of winning. It’s a mindset. You step out onto the court expecting to win. We had to earn every point. Teams aren’t going to give it to you. Cascade by no means gave it to us. We had to earn every point.”

Senior Rachael Hendrickson led the charge in the third set with a string of service aces that shifted the momentum to the Marauders (1-6 in the league, 1-8 overall).

“She got us back in the game,” Riordan said. “And then it kind of lit a spark for everyone else.”

Hendrickson finished with 15 kills, 10 digs and 12 aces. Junior setter Taylor Rudberg recorded six kills, 35 assists and 16 digs and senior Jaleena Valle had seven kills and 21 digs.

For Valle, the key to the team’s first victory was the Marauders’ mindset.

“We went in really confident because we beat them twice last year,” Valle said.

The Bruins (0-7 0-8) surprised Mariner in the first two sets before Valle and her teammates rallied.

“We just pushed really hard through it. I think we played the best we’ve ever played,” Rudberg said.

“We realized we needed to play to our potential,” Valle added. “We can beat them because we’ve beat them before. … When we play better teams we tend to doubt ourselves. When we played Cascade we were confident. We have to have that mentality all the time.”

The Marauders didn’t have as much success in their next two matches – 3-0 losses to Glacier Peak and Jackson.

Riordan and the players agree the team played better against the Grizzlies. Mariner came close to prevailing in the third set, losing only 25-20, after dropping the first two – 25-13, 25-17.

“Glacier Peak obviously is a really tall team. I feel we were able to get around them,” Valle said. “We tipped a lot, which was good and we used a lot of strategy. … We need to play smart to get points. 25-20. We were really close. We just needed a side out.”

Mariner was a little less sharp in a 25-13, 25-13, 25-13 loss to the Timberwolves.

“We had a lot more unforced errors when we played Jackson,” Riordan said.

A bright spot in the Jackson contest was the play of junior setter Dasia Kim, who saw significant action in the third set.

“She had an amazing game,” said Rudberg, who generally serves as the team’s primary setter. “She had nice sets and nice defense. She got right in there and did what she needed to do.”

Riordan noted that Marauders can turn to different players this season, such as sophomore setter Leslie Amaral.

“It’s a lot of fun to have options,” Riordan said. “You look at the bench and have some depth there. In the past we’ve never had that.”

In addition to Hendrickson, the Mariner offense has relied on sophomore Natalie Garcia, who has elevated her offensive game this season.

“I’ve never seen her jump so high this year,” Riordan said. “She’s a powerhouse. She’s just a good athlete.”

With the start of the second half of the regular season underway, the Marauders are focusing on starting and finishing strong.

“It’s just a mindset,” Riordan said. “Can we step on the court and be the team that scores the first three points?”

When the Marauders do go on a run, they need to close out their opponents.

“We need to finish the rally,” Valle said.

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