November 19, 2013
Neither team could have been entirely comfortable with the 9:45 a.m. start time at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, but it wasn’t the early start that got the Skyline Spartans in trouble.
A veteran Skyline squad appeared jittery and unfocused when they opened the tourney Nov. 15 against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. A slow start doomed the Spartans as they dropped a 25-11, 26-24, 25-20 decision in the opening match at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.
September 17, 2013
There aren’t many drawbacks to playing a quality, out-of-conference opponent to start the season, even if you lose.
That’s the way the Skyline High School volleyball team viewed its 3-1 loss to visiting Mercer Island on Sept. 9. Skyline’s defense played well early, but the relentless attack of the Islanders’ star outside hitters eventually wore them down in a 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 decision.
Both teams entered the season-opener with big expectations — Skyline was ranked No. 8 in Class 4A; Mercer Island was No. 3 in 3A — and nothing changed for the Spartans, even though they fell short.