By KEVIN BREIWICK
A strong start turned into a late season stumble for the Edmonds Community College volleyball team.
“Other teams improved a lot while we held a plateau,” coach Bill Kellogg said.
The Tritons were in first place during the early part of the season in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges North Division, but the team ended up finishing third.
A 15-4, 15-12, 15-11 loss to first-place Skagit Valley CC on Nov. 6 forced a playoff for second place with Whatcom CC. The Tritons lost the match in five games, 15-11, 8-15, 15-6, 14-16, 15-9. Edmonds finished the regular season in third place at 8-4. Whatcom finished in second with an 8-4 record.
Still, the top four teams will compete in the postseason. Edmonds will head to the 16-team NWAACC tournament this weekend at Mount Hood CC. Shoreline is the fourth team from the North Division.
The Tritons first-round pairing will be against Green River CC. Green River finished the season second in the West Division with an 11-2 record.
“We measure up against them,” Kellogg said. “I feel I know the team (Green River) pretty well.”
Kellogg said the team has spent more than a week preparing for the season-ending tournament.
“If you can get these first two victories (in the tournament) you’re well on your way,” Kellogg said. “Our big goal is to make it to the second day. The third day is a bonus.”
The Edmonds basketball teams get a later start. The men open their season hosting the Turkey Shootout. The women open up at Puget Sound Christian, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
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