It was a home game for the girl’s volleyball team on Tuesday, October 9, against the Squalicum Storm. Maybe it was the home cooking or the mostly supportive crowd that sparked the girls right from the start in the Northwest Conference matchup.
The young squad started two freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors.
The Storm has a much older, experienced team and started just one sophomore, five juniors and a senior. That, plus the fact that the Storm are a bigger 2A school than our 1A Borderites, left us without much pregame hope.
The Borderites gave the Storm all they could handle in the first game in the best-of-five series.
They came out breathing fire – maybe they had just enough youthful enthusiasm to not realize they were underdogs.
The Borderites took a 4-0 lead over the Storm, and after the Storm scored its first goal, it was a seesaw battle to an 11-all tie.
From there neither team could gain more than a 3-point advantage, and it was tied at 21-all.
The tide turned against the Borderites as the Storm scored the next four points to reach 25 and win the game.
The Borderites left everything they had on the floor in the first game disappointing loss.
They seemed to lose their steam, and the Storm easily won the next two games, 25-5 and 25-8.
The Borderites volleyball team will play at home again Thursday, October 18 against Sedro-Woolley. Junior varsity starts at 5:30 p.m. while the varsity team plays at 7 p.m., both at Blaine gym.