Eagles win volleyball tournament title
November 9, 2010
By Mason Kelley
With Newport threatening to steal the second game of the 4A KingCo Conference tournament title match Nov. 4, Issaquah High School senior Rachel Roeder thought about a season’s worth of grueling volleyball practices.
She also thought about how coach Todd Parsons reminds his players of the need to be warriors on the floor. With those things in mind and with plenty of help from fellow senior Sarah Hanna, the Eagles won the game and went on to take the match, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15.
Issaquah enters the 4A state tournament Nov. 11 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The Eagles meet Curtis at 9 a.m. in a first-round match. Issaquah finished fifth at last year’s state tournament while Curtis was second.
The Eagles went through the 4A KingCo regular season unbeaten. Newport, which finished second to the Eagles in the KingCo standings, hoped to avenge a regular season loss. However, Roeder and Hanna made sure it wouldn’t happen.
“When we’re down, we have to take the team on our backs,” said Roeder, the KingCo MVP who finished with 21 kills. “Sarah really stepped up and took it upon herself with serving that she was just going to go after it. I always try to put it away for the team.”
After winning the first game, Issaquah quit communicating, gave up the first six points of Game 2 and later trailed 16-10. Then, Hanna and Roeder took over. They helped the Eagles score the next 13 points, the run punctuated by a Roeder kill.
“Sarah went back there and just kept firing that serve tough and it was in every time,” Parsons said. “Rachel just took care of the rest.”
Because his team already has a spot at state, Newport coach Steve Trachy said the loss was a good chance to assess things his team needs to improve.
“Issaquah is a really good team,” he said. “It gives us a good chance to see what we need to work on. Areas that are not our strength right now, we’ll continue to work at it.”
In the semifinals Nov. 2, Issaquah swept by Inglemoor 3-0. The Eagles won the games 25-21, 25-17, 25-12.
Roeder led the Eagles with a dominating effort as she had 17 kills, three blocks, 10 digs and three aces. She was complemented by the efforts of Hanna, Alexa Batiquin, Riley Sorenson and Jenna Pang. Hanna had 13 kills; Batiquin had 12 digs and four aces; Sorenson had 34 assists and 10 digs; and Pang had three blocks.
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