The Emerald Ridge Jaguars may have registered a sweep against the Tahoma Bears last week, but it was closer than the score indicated.
The Jaguars (3-0 overall) won 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 in a non-league matchup Sept. 18 at the Emerald Ridge High School gymnasium. They trailed in all three sets before they roared back with clutch points down the stretch.
“All three sets we played really tight with them,” Emerald Ridge head coach Bobby McGivern said. “Once we got to 20 points or so, the girls rallied and kicked it back into gear. We got some key points when we needed it.
Tahoma led the first game 9-3 before Emerald Ridge found its stride. And McGivern said the comeback set the tone for the match.
“We’re finishing games,” he said. “That is important for us right now.”
Emerald Ridge outside hitter Jenna Mullen had a game-high 11 kills, and middle hitter Jessica Davis had five timely kills during key junctures.
McGivern said he’s glad his team experienced some adversity early in the season.
“Tahoma is a good team, and they tested us tonight,” he said. “That is what we need right now in order to be as good as we want to be.”
Emerald Ridge co-captain Tristyn Smith said player-led informal workouts during the summer paid off during the final points of each game.
“We just stayed focused and have good communication within the team,” Smith said. “All of those extra practice sessions and conditioning workouts help us finish our games fast and quick.”
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