How to set sort direction for column autogrid

I am applying some default sorting to table when it is being initialized with AutoGrid.
Is there way to add sorting?

I have tried to find the column and set the direction of the web component.

grid.querySelector(`vaadin-grid-cell-content:nth-child(${index}) vaadin-grid-sorter`)
.setAttribute('direction', 'asc');

Setting it like this triggers another load call which I want to avoid.

I believe it’s a missing feature right now: [autogrid] enable developers to customize the default sorting by first column · Issue #1519 · vaadin/hilla · GitHub