School district volleyball teams gear up for big season
September 4, 2009
NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 4, 2009
Issaquah High School’s volleyball team could be a tower of power this season. The Eagles will see the return four players, all 6 foot or taller. These players also are very talented, which makes the Eagles optimistic for the 4A KingCo Conference season.
Skyline, despite three returning seniors, is also optimistic about the 4A KingCo season, and Liberty looks for improvement in its 3A/2A KingCo season.
Eagles are shooting for state
Issaquah reached the state tournament last season and should return to the event againbecause of Alyssa Schultz, a 6-3 senior middle hitter; Stephanie Stoll, a 6-2 senior middle hitter; Rachel Roeder, a 6-foot junior outside hitter; and Sarah Hanna, a 6-foot junior outside hitter. Roeder earned first-team, all-league honors last season and Schultz earned second-team all-league honors.
“They are just super-talented girls. All are big jumpers. It makes for a lot of firepower as a team,” Issaquah coach Todd Parsons said.
Schultz and Stoll each have earned NCAA Division I scholarships.
Most of the team returns intact from last season. One player who Parsons expects to make an impact is Maddy Emerson, who will begin the season as setter because of an injury to Riley Sorenson. Emerson will later move to libero/defensive specialist.
“She is going to be awesome,” Parsons said.
Injuries could hurt the Eagles early in the season.
“Once we are healthy, the expectations will be pretty big,” said Parsons, adding that he believes the Eagles have the ability to be one of the state‘s top five teams.
The Eagles have experience, size and power.
“We are good in all aspects of the game,” Parsons said.
Other key players include Alexa Batquin, Chrissy Dickinson and Maddy Tilden.
As for the 4A KingCo Conference, Parsons said he looks for Bothell, Woodinville and Skyline to be among the tougher teams.
“As a whole, 4A is much deeper than 3A, so every night is a battle. There are no real walkover games like in 3A,” he said. “We are going to have to play our best every night if we want to end up at the top at the end of the season.”
Eagles in invitational today
The Eagles open their season Sept. 4 in the Emerald City Invitational at Eastlake High School.
Archbishop Murphy, Capital, of Olympia, and host Eastlake are the other teams entered in the tournament. Archbishop Murphy qualified for the 2A state tournament last year, but failed to place.
“Archbishop Murphy is going to be really tough. We played them once last year and they were really good,” Parsons said. “They have a great coach and great athletes. It should be a great match.
“Capital has a really good outside hitter and will definitely cause everyone problems. Eastlake will be a quality opponent.”
The tournament began at 4 p.m. with Issaquah playing Capital and Eastlake tangling with Archbishop Murphy. Issaquah at Eastlake were scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. and Archbishop Murphy plays Capital. In the final round at 6 p.m., Issaquah plays Archbishop Murphy and Eastlake plays Capital.
Spartans are well-rounded
Although the Skyline volleyball team has just three seniors in 2009 returning, head coach Mark Peterson said he is looking forward to developing a well-rounded team and giving his younger players as much experience as possible.
The more-than-usual practice and camp experience helped many of those newcomers and inexperienced returnees develop for what promises to be another action-packed season in KingCo 4A.
“There was really good participation by especially the younger players this summer,” Peterson said during practice Aug. 27. “A lot of younger girls got a lot of chances to play, which is good.”
Among the seven returning players from last year’s team, sophomore Maddie Magee will provide much-needed height and agility at the outside hitter position. As a freshman in 2008, Magee earned a spot on the first team All-KingCo.
Seniors Olivia Marquardt (outside hitter), Amy Ziegler (middle and opposite hitter) and Megan Clark (setter) will bring some experience to the fierce competition this season.
Peterson said he has yet to see whether any of Skyline’s younger players will rise up early in the season, but they’ll have plenty of chances to prove themselves in the grueling pre-season schedule.
“We’ll hopefully be a team like we’ve always been, where we pass the ball pretty well. We play really strong defense,” Peterson said. “We just want to be a solid all around team.”
Patriots have top players returning
Liberty posted just a 1-11 record in 3A/2A KingCo competition last season, but the Patriots had some skilled players.
Among the top returning Patriots for coach Shawn Gordon is senior outside hitter Chelan Simonds, who earned all-league, first-team honors last year. Simonds exhibited all-around skills, ranking among the league leaders in several categories.
Junior Danni Sjolander, a 6-foot junior, is also back up front for the Patriots. She earned all-league honorable mention honors last season.
Other returning players include Haley Johnson, Jocelyn McNeil, Kimmy Scavotto, Trisha Terry, Sammie Walsh and Cortney Schirman. McNeil ranked seventh in the league in digs and Schirman was second in stuffed blocks.
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