Issaquah senior outside hitter Liz Gorski (pictured) hits the ball over the net, keeping the play alive against Glacier Peak. Issaquah defeated Glacier Peak 3-0, clinching a berth in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament on Nov. 16-17 at the Yakima SunDome. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Issaquah senior outside hitter Liz Gorski (pictured) hits the ball over the net, keeping the play alive against Glacier Peak. Issaquah defeated Glacier Peak 3-0, clinching a berth in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament on Nov. 16-17 at the Yakima SunDome. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Eagles punch their ticket to state volleyball tournament

Issaquah sweeps Glacier Peak on the volleyball court.

With a spot in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament just one victory away, the Issaquah Eagles girls volleyball team delivered with a signature win.

Issaquah cruised to a 3-0 triumph against Glacier Peak in a winner-to-state, Wes-King 4A district playoff match on Nov. 10 at Bothell High School.

Issaquah sophomore Sadie Bacon, who scored the final point in the third set of play to clinch the win, was overcome with emotion following the match.

“This is what our plan was from day one. It is very exciting,” Bacon said of advancing to the state tournament. “It was always in the back of our minds. It is just amazing.”

Issaquah head coach Amanda Sewell was proud of her team for leaving absolutely no doubt with a sweep in a pressure-packed contest.

“We’ve been really striving to work to finish games. The last couple we’ve gone to four or five sets and it has been a battle. We finally got back to our three-game sweep. It was great to see them finish it out and put the pedal to the metal,” Sewell explained. “This team is full of grit. We put our foot down and said this is our game. We’re taking this and now we’re going to state.”

Eagles’ senior outside hitter Liz Gorski had no doubt her squad would achieve their aspiration of earning a berth at the state tourney in Yakima.

“We knew we could handle it. Our main thing is to have more energy than the other teams. I believe at this level, every team is at the same skill level. It is just about who brings more heart and energy,” Gorski said. “I’m so proud of everyone on the team. We’ve worked so hard to get here. We’re going to kill it at state and we are very prepared.”

Sewell said this year’s senior class will get to experience the state tournament for the second time during their high school careers. The Eagles competed in the Class 4A state tourney during the 2016 season. Issaquah has seven seniors on its varsity roster this fall consisting of Claire Hyun, Zoe Hennings, Char Emerson, Avery Stevenson, Leah Wilson, Hailey White and Gorski.

“They are very excited and I’m very excited for them. They went two years ago but it is obviously a little bit different for them now that they are seniors. I know they’re pumped but now we’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for next weekend,” Sewell said on Nov. 10.

Issaquah Eagles senior setter Leah Wilson (pictured) sets up one of her teammates for a point against Glacier Peak in a winner-to-state district playoff match on Nov. 10 at Bothell High School. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Issaquah Eagles senior setter Leah Wilson (pictured) sets up one of her teammates for a point against Glacier Peak in a winner-to-state district playoff match on Nov. 10 at Bothell High School. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

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