Issaquah Eagles struggle to keep up with league leaders
October 9, 2012
By John Leggett
While Newport and Skyline appear to be running away with possible KingCo 4A volleyball titles, other teams like Issaquah are toiling just to contend and keep up.
“Newport is probably the most organized and well-drilled squad in this league, but Skyline most likely is the better team as far as sheer physical size,” Issaquah head coach Todd Parsons said recently. “Giants rule in the world of volleyball and we don’t have nearly as many six footers on our squad as the Knights (5-0 in league) and the Spartans (5-1 in league).
“But despite the recent absence of senior setter Nina Moore, who had her tonsils out two weeks ago, I think we are going to be all right,” he added. “Eight out of the 11 squads in this conference go to the playoffs, and despite our lack of real size, we are playing .500 volleyball right now.”
Issaquah has prevailed against Ballard, Bothell and Woodinville.
The last regular season game for Issaquah is against Skyline at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Eagles Nest.
Meanwhile in the KingCo 3A/2A, Liberty has had a frustrating see-saw, sometimes-on sometimes-off trials and tribulations this season, in a conference that features Mercer Island (8-0, 11-0) and everybody else.
One of the Patriots’ more memorable matches came a week ago, when they locked horns with nemesis Bellevue who has the same 4-4 league mark.
Liberty took the first set, 25-17, and then the Wolverines captured the second set by the same score, reflecting the type of season Liberty has struggled through. After Liberty surged forward to take the third match, Bellevue earned the win in the fourth set to push the match to a sudden-death pressure cooker.
Liberty battled for the conquest and pounded the final nail into Bellevue’s coffin, 15-12. The win seemed to fuel Liberty. In the Oct. 4 matchup with Juanita —thanks to the 30 assists of Malia Parilla, the 21 kills of Krista Merca, and the combined 23 kills of Delane Agnew and Jessica Pickering — the Patriots put together a win, 3-1.