Elginís Aria Higgins digs the ball in Game 1 of the Lady Huskiesí 3-0 loss to Weston-McEwen Tuesday. CASEY KELLAS - The Observer
ELGIN — The Elgin High School volleyball team played host to the Blue Mountain Conference’s best Tuesday night. And the Lady Huskies felt the wrath of what that team is capable of as Weston-McEwen used a hard-hitting attack to down Elgin in three games 25-9, 25-9 and 25-10.
“We had moments of greatness tonight,” first-year head coach Emily Sorensen said. “These girls have shown a lot of potential for the future.”
The loss ends Elgin’s season. The Lady Huskies finish 1-23 overall and 0-16 in the BMC. But it was a year of learning for a team that fielded just two juniors and seven sophomores.
And what better way of learning than playing the No. 7 team in the state in the TigerScots (22-4, 15-1).
The two teams traded points to start Game 1 before Weston-McEwen went on a 5-1 run and eventually stretched the lead to 11-6. After a Lady Huskies point, the TigerScots got hot, putting up 12 straight points, 11 of which came with Melanie Sederburg at the service line to make it 23-7.
Elgin scored two late points but Weston-McEwen was able to close it out for an early-set advantage.
Game 2 was similar with the teams exchanging a point apiece at the start, but again Weston-McEwen flexed its muscle by going on a 12-1 run with Taryn Coffman serving to lead 13-2. The TigerScots added to the lead to make it 18-6 and eventually 23-8 before ending it.
Riding high with a two-set advantage, the visitors started Game 3 on fire, jumping out to a 6-0 lead. The Lady Huskies got back into the set at 8-4 before five straight points behind the serving of Molly Von Borstel made it 13-4.
Elgin didn’t stop competing and got the margin back to seven points at 16-9, but the night wasn’t meant to be as the TigerScots scored nine of the final 12 points to take the set and the match.
“Weston-McEwen just has the mentality that they are going to win,” Sorensen said. “That’s what my girls need to learn.”
Sorensen also talked about the areas where her young team has improved over the course of her first season in charge.
“I think just our fundamentals,” the coach said.
And what has she learned this year?
“Expect the unexpected. I’ve learned that I’m not coaching just athletes, but people. There is a lot of stuff off the court. It is constant building.”
Sorensen said she plans on returning next season to coach and already has some off-season plans for her team, including attending a number of camps.
Tuesday was also the Lady Huskies’ Pink Night and all proceeds are going to the Dig Pink foundation, which is a volleyball cause of the Susan G. Coleman Foundation.