Eagles finish in fifth place at state volleyball tourney
November 17, 2009
By Bob Taylor
The Issaquah High School volleyball team, after suffering a tough first-round loss, kept on battling through the consolation round Nov. 12 and as a result, the Eagles came back and grabbed fifth place in the 4A state tournament in Kennewick’s Toyota Center.
Issaquah defeated Jackson 3-0 Nov. 13 in the match for fifth place.
The Eagles, who lost to Kentwood 3-2 in the opening round, fought back to oust Richland 3-2 and Woodinville 3-1 to earn their shot at an award.
“It was a great way to finish off the season,” Issaquah coach Todd Parsons said. “The loss was tough, but the team pulled together through the adversity and made a choice to finish the year on a win.”
For the Eagles, fifth place was their highest finish since taking third in the 3A state tournament in 2005. In this year’s tournament, the Eagles showed plenty of grit and had plenty of leadership.“All of the seniors really stepped up and brought the team together,” Parsons said. “And all the juniors stepped up and played outstanding volleyball to help those seniors end their careers on a win. I am so proud of all of them and their efforts. Fifth place is quite an accomplishment.”
In the match with Jackson, Issaquah won the games 25-17, 25-23, 27-25. Stephanie Stoll and Alyssa Schultz combined for 25 kills. The victory capped an amazing trek through the tournament for the Eagles.
Issaquah opened the tournament against Kentwood, a team it lost to 3-0 in its season opener. This time, it appeared the Eagles would avenge the defeat as they won the first two games 25-13, 25-15. However, Kentwood rallied to win the second two games 26-24, 25-23 to force an overtime game. The Conquerors won the deciding game 16-14.
Although the Eagles lost to Kentwood again, they had strong efforts up front from Schultz, who had 16 kills and nine blocks; Rachel Roeder, who had 12 kills; Sarah Hanna, who had 10 kills; and Chrissy Dickinson, who had five blocks. Riley Sorenson had a strong all-around performance with 44 assists, 10 digs and eight aces. Alexa Batquin had a team-leading 20 digs.
Issaquah bounced back in the consolation round, defeating Richland in another tough overtime battle.
The Eagles prevailed 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 26-28, 15-10. Stoll had 13 kills and seven blocks for the Eagles. Sorenson had 52 assists and three aces, and Roeder contributed 14 kills and 14 digs. Schultz had a team-high 16 kills and Batquin again led the Eagles in digs with 25.
Against Woodinville, Issaquah defeated its 4A KingCo Conference rival 25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 25-12. The Eagles had solid hitting and serving from Stoll and Hanna. Stoll had 11 kills and six aces, and Hanna 17 kills and three aces. Sorenson contributed 47 assists and four aces, and Batquin had 25 digs and three aces. Roeder added 11 kills and 18 digs, and Schultz had 10 kills.
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