After struggling the first two weeks of the season, Issaquah’s offense has found a groove.
Eastlake head coach Gene Dales stood in silence at the 30-yard line Friday night and watched hundreds of black-clad Redmond students swarm their home field — still in disbelief that his Wolves just fell 24-21 to winless Redmond.
It appeared the magic Skyline fans and players have become accustomed to the last two seasons – including a 21-point comeback against O’Dea to win the 2007 3A state championship, and 16-12 come-from-behind victory over Bothell in the 2008 KingCo title game – was going to reappear Friday night.
Like any top performer, Eastside Catholic is always aiming to get better.
That’s why after the state’s top-ranked 3A volleyball team defeated cross-town opponents Eastlake in three games on Monday — 25-18, 25-23, 25-11 — there was no large celebration.
Issaquah jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hang on against non-league opponent Mount Si on Friday night.
The Eagles, who led 7-0 after the first quarter, fell 24-21, dropping to 0-2 on the young season.
Once before every practice, and again after every practice, the Eastside Catholic volleyball team groups together, holds hands, and answers head coach Andrew Ness’ question: “What is your goal?”
It happened faster than a blink of an eye for Issaquah.
Before the first quarter of Saturday’s Emerald City Kickoff Classic finale was over, the Eagles committed two costly turnovers, and were in a 20-0 hole to Bothell.
Competing in a league with a defending state champion, a state runner up, and a team recognized by ESPN RISE as No. 2 in the nation, Issaquah hopes to play an unusual role in 2009 — the underdog.