As the sun was setting on the outside of Mt Spokane high school, the ball was being thoroughly thrashed over the net on the inside. The Wildcats took care of the visiting Saxons in three straight but not without a contested battle of spikes and digs! Adrienne Dotson helped keep the slow starting Saxons down in the first set delivering 6 straight serves, which was a theme for her this night. She had 4 straight in the second set and 6 again in the final set along with only 2 errors the entire game. She showed an all around accurate game which was actually overshadowed by her two extremely powerful teammates, Bailey Ricard and Miahna Waters. Ricard is obviously a top-notch player in the GSL and delivers a very fluid and powerful hammer when given the pass to kill. Shes very experienced and well traveled in her ever-expanding career. Waters, only a sophomore is slightly similar in delivery but more of a high flyer at the point of contact. They both possess precise timing and force to destroy the opponents net defense. They are very fun to watch and its intriguing to see where they will end up in the years to come.
Ferris is not without great players, they did start a little scattered as a team and had trouble making up the difference in the first set. After that however they played much better and were kept at attention by their leader Shaelyn Pearson. I must say that most teams possess a player who stands out in one or two categories, but Shaelyn is a different beast who seems to shine in every aspect on the court. She is the vocal leader and coach on the floor, she is the Saxons top setter, she is given many opportunities to hit and she flies all over the court making athletic plays after play. I was very impressed with her court presence and overall spunk. Haley Carl was another game changer for the Saxons as an experienced senior who can smash with the best of them. Her serve stood out as a smooth compact stroke that breaks just over the net with force. She too is a player with good ball control and court recognition who showed she can get it done from the back line if need be. Annika Briggs, Taylor Rider, and Summer Reid are all underclassmen with potential and will help them to victories this season at least.