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By PAUL DELANEY
Staff Reporter 

ML volleyball losing streak comes to end

 

Last updated 9/20/2018 at 10:11pm



Medical Lake head volleyball coach Todd Harr can check off yet another preseason goal for his team.

A 3-1 win over visiting Newport last Thursday, Sept. 13, ended a winless streak in Northeast A League play dating back to Oct. 27, 2015, a string of 31 consecutive matches following a 3-0 loss to Freeman on Sept. 11. The last NEA victory for Medical Lake happened against Riverside, 3-1.

The Cardinals (1-2 Northeast A, 1-4 overall) broke the 1-1 tie by winning the final two sets, 25-22 and 25-16 against the Grizzlies (1-2, 1-3). Medical Lake opened with a 25-15 win but Newport answered with their 25-21 victory.

“This match summed up what this program has been working towards since I took over,” Harr wrote in an email. “Everybody played a role in this victory and it was a huge step for Medical Lake volleyball.”

Individually, Megan Goertz led the team in assists with 30 and distributed the ball around well. Ashlyn Tamietti and Tori John both notched nine kills apiece to help lead the offense.

“As a whole, the night almost seemed surreal, the gym was packed and the intensity was high throughout the entire match,” Harr said.

In their 25-11, 25-14, 25-15 loss at Freeman, John led the Cardinals in kills and Courtney Daylo led on defense with 15 digs.

Despite the straight-set loss, “This was the best we have competed since I took over this program,” Harr said. “There were several long rallies where each of our teams were swinging at each other, getting digs and making hustle plays.”

Medical Lake was at Riverside (0-4, 2-4) on Sept. 18 and is home vs. Colville (2-1, 3-3) tonight, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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