The Emerald Ridge Jaguars were reminded of a heartbreaking loss last year during the Class 4A state tournament before they took the court Thursday night.
The Puyallup Vikings eliminated Emerald Ridge from the postseason last November with a five-game win, and the Vikings wound up with the sixth-place trophy.
This time, Emerald Ridge got the advantage.
The Jaguars (6-0 overall) cruised to 25-18, 25-6, 25-23 victory against Puyallup (3-2) at Emerald Ridge High School. Jenna Mullen had a game-high 12 kills and Isabella Zubrod had 23 assists for the Jaguars.
“We were anxious to get revenge from state last year,” Mullen said. “We wanted to play hard and set the tone for the rest of the season and show everybody in the league that we are starting off the year strong. We want everyone to know what we’re made of.”
Emerald Ridge head coach Bobby McGivern said his team played proficiently, but he was most impressed with the 17-point margin of victory in the second game.
“That second set was pretty indicative of how we really want to play all the time,” McGivern said. “I’m pretty proud of our team. We played well tonight.”
McGivern said the victory in the rivalry match will be good for his team’s psyche.
“This was a big game for us,” he said. “Puyallup is a good team. We’re taking our confidence with this one into our next game against Rogers (Oct. 1).”