Issaquah Eagles clinch tie for volleyball title

October 21, 2010

UPDATED — 10:55 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls volleyball team clinched at least a tie for the 4A KingCo Conference regular-season volleyball title Wednesday when the Eagles defeated host Ballard 3-0.

Issaquah won the games 25-8, 25-18, 25-12. The Eagles got strong punch again up front from Rachel Roeder, who had 19 kills, and Sarah Hanna, who had 10 kills. Setter Riley Sorenson had 28 assists and Nina Moore had 11 assists.

The Eagles are 9-0 in league action with one match left to play Oct. 25 at second-place Newport,8-1.

Newport had been tied with Issaquah for first place prior to Wednesday. However, the Knights were upset by Roosevelt 3-1.

In other action, Skyline defeated Redmond 25-22, 25-12, 25-14. Kennedy Stoa had 32 assists and Mikayla Silva had 10 kills for Skyline, 3-6 in league play. Halle Erdahl contributed eight kills and five aces for the Spartans.

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Issaquah Eagles edge Roosevelt in volleyball battle

October 19, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 19, 2010

The Issaquah High School volleyball team got one of its toughest battles of the season Monday when the Eagles edged visiting Roosevelt 3-2 in a 4A KingCo Conference match. Issaquah, 8-0 in league play and tied with Newport for the lead, won the tie-breaking game 15-10.

The match was hard fought from the start with Roosevelt winning the first game 32-30. Issaquah won the next two games 25-17 and 25-17. However, Roosevelt took the fourth game 25-19 to force the tiebreaker.

Issaquah had several outstanding efforts in the match. Rachel Roeder had 32 kills, 10 digs and four aces. Riley Sorenson had 60 assists, 15 digs and three aces. Sarah Hanna had 13 kills and Alexa Batiquin had 26 digs. Sam Rogers contributed six kills and five aces. Maddy Emerson added 10 digs and Kelsey Mollick si aces.

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Issaquah High School volleyball routs Redmond

October 12, 2010

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Oct. 12, 2010

The unbeaten Issaquah High School volleyball team cruised by host Redmond 3-0 Monday in a 4A KingCo Conference match. Issaquah won the games 25-19, 25-14, 25-18.

Sarah Hanna led the Eagles with 12 kills, 10 digs and three aces. Riley Sorenson added 30 assists and four aces, and Rachel Roeder had 10 kills.

Issaquah improved season mark to 9-0 and league record to 6-0. The Eagles remained tied with Newport for first place. Newport also won, defeating Eastlake 25-23, 25-17, 25-20.

In other action, Skyline topped Bothell 3-1. Bothell won the first game 25-21 but Skyline bounced back to win the remaining games 25-21, 25-23, 27-25.

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Unbeaten Eagles spike another volleyball victory

October 7, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Oct. 7, 2010

Rachel Roeder had 24 kills and 10 digs Wednesday as she led the unbeaten Issaquah High School volleyball team to a 3-1 4A KingCo Conference victory against rival Skyline.

Issaquah won the first game 25-13 but Skyline fought back to take the second game 25-17. The Eagles captured the third game 25-6 and wrapped up the match by winning the fourth game 25-20.

The Eagles, coming off a big victory earlier in the week against Woodinville, again had a strong all-around team effort. Sarah Hanna contributed 20 kills and three blocks. Riley Sorenson had 48 assists and five aces. Sam Rogers’ serving led to a seven aces and Alexa Batiquin had 12 digs.

Issaquah improved its league-leading record to 5-0 and season mark to 8-0.

Maddie Magee had 11 kills, Andrea Chon had 14 digs and Madison Stoa had 19 assists for Skyline, which is 1-4 in league and 4-5 on the season.

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Liberty girls soccer team wins its sixth straight game

October 5, 2010

It’s been a while since the Liberty High School girls soccer team was one of the most dominant teams in the KingCo Conference and ranked among the best in the state.

However, the Patriots, under new coach Malia Arrant, have returned to their winning ways this season. Liberty won its sixth straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference game Sept. 30 by edging Mercer Island 3-2. Cassidy Nangle had a big night for the Patriots. She scored two goals and assisted on a goal by Kimi Fry.

The victory boosted Liberty’s league-leading record to 6-0.

Liberty also defeated host Juanita 2-0 Sept. 28. The Patriots scored both goals in the second half. Whitney Cain, assisted by Kailiana Johnson, broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 60th minute. Nangle, assisted by Fry, scored eight minutes later.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

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Issaquah volleyball team spikes Woodinville

October 5, 2010

NEW — 3:20 p.m. Oct. 5, 2010

The Issaquah High School volleyball team remained undefeated Monday after the Eagles downed host Woodinville 3-1 in a 4A KingCo Conference match. Issaquah won 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 25-13.

Rachel Roeder paced the Eagles with 29 kills and nine aces. Alexa Batiquin added 18 digs, and Riley Sorenson had 50 assists and five aces.

Issaquah boosted its league record to 4-0 and season mark to 7-0. Woodinville suffered its first league defeat.

In other action, Newport defeated Skyline 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 to stay tied with Issaquah for first place. Madison Stoa had 18 assists and 11 digs, and Maddie Magee had 10 kills for Skyline, which is 1-3 in league play and 4-4 on the season.

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Eagles carry 2009 hot streak into this season

September 28, 2010

Volleyball preview

Rachel Roeder defends against a Woodinville volley during a 2008 Eagles victory. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School volleyball team seems to be picking up where it left off last season – hot!

Issaquah finished the 2009 season with three straight victories at the 4A state tournament. Entering this week, the Eagles had won their first four matches of the season. Included among the triumphs were 4A KingCo Conference victories against Inglemoor and Bothell.

And, the Eagles also had a special 3-1 nonleague victory against Kentwood, which defeated Issaquah in the opening round of last year’s state tournament. Read more

Liberty stuns Mercer Island in volleyball

September 28, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Sept. 28, 2010

The Mercer Island Islanders have usually had their way with the Liberty High School volleyball team in recent years. However, the Islanders’ dominance came to an end Monday when the host Patriots prevailed 3-2 in a dramatic 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Liberty won the tie-breaking fifth game 15-5 to hand Mercer Island its first loss of the season. Mercer Island won the first game 25-12 but Liberty bounced back to win the next two games 25-19 and 25-22. The Islanders sent the match into overtime by winning the fourth game 25-22.

The Patriots, 4-2 in league play, received outstanding efforts from several players. Megan Tsutakawa had a team-high 32 assists. Katie Walsh had a team-high 12 kills and four aces. Kristy Braunston had a strong defensive game with a team-high 15 digs. Aspen Winegar had eight kills and 10 digs, Sarah Hewitt had five kills and five blocks, Molly Culwell had six kills and four aces, and Jessica Pickering had eight kills.

Mercer Island, which entered the match in first place, is 5-1 in league play and 6-1 for the season.

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Sports Roundup

September 21, 2010

Patriots pummel Sammamish

Chandler Jenkins scored five touchdowns and accumulated 317 offensive yards Sept. 17 as he sparked the Liberty High School Patriots to a 52-7 3A/2A KingCo Conference rout of host Sammamish.

Sammamish scored first in the game on a 53-yard run by Austin Lee. The Patriots, 2-1 on the season, then countered with 52 unanswered points.

Jenkins rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter, bolting for runs of 65 yards and 30 yards. He also rushed for two touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of seven and 41 yards. Read more

Issaquah High School wins volleyball opener

September 21, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. Sept. 21, 2010

Senior outside hitter Rachel Roeder’s offensive and defensive efforts Monday helped spark the Issaquah High School volleyball team to a 3-0 victory against visiting Inglemoor in the 4A KingCo Conference opener for both teams. Issaquah won the games 25-11, 25-14, 25-21.

Roeder, one of six seniors who have been on the varsity squad all four years, had 12 kills, 12 digs and three aces. Seniors Sarah Hanna, Alexa Batiquin and Riley Sorenson were other key contributors for the Eagles.

Hanna, an outside hitter, had 14 kills. Batiquin, a setter, had 10 digs and Sorenson, an outside hitter, had 32 assists.

It wasn’t just a senior show, however. Junior outside hitter Sam Rogers contributed five kills for the Eagles, 3-0 overall on the season. Issaquah has plenty of experience and depth this season. The players want to improve on last year’s performance, which wasn’t bad, as the Eagles won the district title and finished fifth at the 4A state tournament.

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