NEW — Sports update, Thursday

October 29, 2009

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 3:21 p.m. Oct. 29, 2009

Eagles seek state volleyball berth

The Issaquah High School volleyball team finished the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the 4A KingCo Conference. Now, the Eagles hope the momentum continues a little longer as they pursue a berth for the state tournament.

Issaquah hopes to lock up that berth by taking first place in the 4A KingCo Conference tournament, which begins Oct. 31 at Woodinville and Bothell high schools.

Issaquah, which finished third during the regular season with a 9-2 record, plays Ballard at 1 p.m. at Bothell. Skyline, which ended up fourth at 7-4, meets Newport at 1 p.m. at Woodinville.

The Eagles got off to a slow start this season because of injuries, but later got hot and had a 10-match winning streak.

“Our destiny is in our hands. If we are mindful about our roles on the floor and give great effort on every play, we can absolutely win our league tournament and get the No. 1 slot to state,” Issaquah coach Todd Parsons said.

Issaquah’s strength this season has been its big hitters up front in Alyssa Schultz, Stephanie Stoll, Rachel Roeder and Sarah Hanna, and the setting of Riley Sorenson.

Parsons believes the keys for Issaquah in the tournament are passing and defense.

“Our offense is one of the best I have ever seen, but the serve receive passing and defense needs to keep improving. We have improved a lot during the season, but that is going to be the difference between us making it to state and not,” Parsons said.

The KingCo tournament runs through Nov. 7.

Liberty netter qualifies for district

Liberty High School’s Thomas Lowes won two singles’ matches in the consolation bracket of the 3A KingCo Conference tennis tournament this week and qualified for the Sea-King District tournament.

Lowes defeated Zach Elliott, of Mercer Island, and Gabe Monfried, of Bellevue, to qualify for the district tournament, which will be held in May.

Lacrosse club starting up

The new Liberty Lacrosse Club is holding a free clinic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Liberty High School stadium.

The clinic is for Liberty and Hazen high school boys. No equipment or experience is required. The first-year club is looking for players for the spring season that begins in March.

Liberty is the third Issaquah district school to have a lacrosse club.

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