The Blaine girls’ volleyball team earned a split in the first four games only to have the wheels come off in their final performance. Meridian Trojans beat the Borderites 3-2 on Tuesday, October 2.
The Borderites used a five-point run when the score was tied at seven to take a 12-7 command. They played hard and never relinquished the lead, winning 25-22.
Borderites showed fresh confidence from their first-game win and took a seven-point advantage early in the contest. Then, in a prelude of things to come, they let the Trojans steal the game away from them, 25-21.
The Borderites played their best game of the season, winning 25-12 to take their lead to 2-1.
The Borderites could have won the match by taking this game and getting to three wins in this best-of-five series. Both teams put a lot of effort into this game – Blaine for the win and Meridian knowing they could lose the match.
The game was evenly played and was tied 23-all. On the next serve, the ball was volleyed several times and, on a blocked shot, balanced itself on top of the net, suspending itself for a few seconds before dropping to the Blaine side, giving the Trojans the point. Meridian scored the next point over the Borderites for the win, 25-23.
After game four, an in-shock Blaine was no match for Meridian and the team’s senior striker, Sydney Wasilewski, who helped the Trojans dominate. The final score was 15-5 Meridian.
A trio of Borderites had standout nights. Sophmore Makenna Wade had 15 digs and 23 assists, junior Malie Laolagi had eight kills and sophomore Elle Moore had eight blocks, seven kills and five serving aces.