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Category: Volleyball


Need for volleyball officials at all levels in Pierce County

Ever wanted to stand high above a volleyball net with a whistle in your mouth, and be the man or woman in charge?

Pierce County is giving folks that opportunity.

The need for volleyball officials is immense, and that is why the county is not only in search of prospective referees to officiate at the middle school, junior high, high school and even college level, it is offering a training program, too – Aug. 22.

Longtime volleyball official Marc Blau in the point of contact – at (253) 848-1360, or at Registration deadline for the training program is by

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Successful Spokane coach Sheridan dies from Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Forgot to pass this along over the weekend, but one of the most successful Washington high school coaches in any sport – Linda Sheridan, of Shadle Park High School – died in Spokane on Saturday of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Sheridan led that school to seven state titles – five in volleyball and a pair in girls’ basketball.

Here is Chris Derrick’s story in the Spokesman-Review.


Dig . . . Set . . . Spike! WSVCA All-State Volleyball Series coming to Fife

Some of the most-talented senior volleyball players in the state will be in town March 16 for the 28th annual Washington State Volleyball Coaches’ Association All-State Volleyball Series at Fife High School.


M1: 1B/2B/1A East squad vs. 1B/2B/1A Wast squad, 2 p.m.
M2: East 2A vs. West 2A, 4 p.m.
M3: East 3A/4A vs. West 3A/4A, 6 p.m.

Cost for a tournament pass is $7.

Abbie Younkin, Camas
Brenna Bruil, Auburn Riverside
Brittany Rutherford, North Thurston
Brooke Brown, Eisenhower
Chloe Watson, Kent-Meridian
Danielle Saltarelli, Enumclaw
Darby Santos, Shadle

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Bellarmine Prep takes down Mead in five sets to capture 4A volleyball title

No, it wasn’t Jackson High, which started the year nationally ranked.

Or Mead, the seven-time Class 4A champion.

No, the night belonged to the Bellarmine Prep Lions, who went through both of the pre-tournament favorites Saturday night at Marcus Pavilion to win the state championship.

The Lions held off Mead, 25-27, 25-14, 25-20, 16-25, 15-13, in the title match.

Courtney Schwan dominated the fifth set, registering seven kills and helping the Lions take a 13-11 lead before a Claire Martin block gave the Lions a match point.

Back charged Mead, pulling within a point at 14-13.

But Schwan sealed it

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Prairie captures the 3A volleyball title; North Thurston earns respect

The North Thurston High Rams were the volleyball underdogs all weekend, but soon became a star attraction at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament.

The undersized Rams went all the way to the title match at Marcus Pavilion before being swept by Prairie in three sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-16).

Along the way, North Thurston defeated Shorewood, Columbia River and Southridge, registering those wins with speed and defense.

With senior outside hitter Brittany Rutherford playing at less than 100 percent all weekend with a sprained ankle, multiple players came up clutch, including fellow senior Jessica Malchow. In the three-set semifinal win

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New classification, same result for 3A volleyball champion West Valley of Yakima

The competition was different, but the result was the same.

A year after winning the Class 3A state volleyball championship, West Valley of Yakima rolled to a 3-1 win (23-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18) over Tumwater to take home the Class 2A volleyball title on Saturday night at Pierce College in Lakewood.

Despite dropping to a lower classification this year, Rams’ coach Katie Hinckley said they didn’t expect to face anything but the toughest teams in the state.

“Going down to 2A doesn’t mean it’s going to be easier,” she said. “Tumwater is one of the best teams we have played.

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State volleyball primer: Mead on a mission for 4A title No. 8

4A and 3A at Saint Martin’s University and Timberline High School, Lacey
2A at Pierce College and Lakes High School, Lakewood

* 4A schedule:
11:45 a.m. – Newport of Bellevue (17-2) v. Emerald Ridge (16-3)
1:30 p.m. — Gig Harbor (15-5) v. Jackson (15-1)
1:30 p.m. – Puyallup (13-5) v. Richland (13-3)
1:30 p.m. — Lake Stevens (14-5) v. Bellarmine Prep (18-1)
3:15 p.m. – Union (14-6) v. Skyline (15-3)
3:15 p.m. – Olympia (12-7) v. Wenatchee (14-2)
3:15 p.m. – Monroe (14-3) v. Camas

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Weekend schedule for district volleyball tournaments

Today at Kentwood High School

First-round matches
11 a.m.: Central Kitsap (10-9) vs. Auburn Riverside (11-3)
11 a.m.: Union (12-4) vs. Rogers (9-5)
11 a.m.: Kent Meridian (10-3) vs. Curtis (12-2)
11 a.m.: Tahoma (6-8) vs. Bellarmine Prep (14-1)
1 p.m.: Kentridge (6-8) vs. Camas (13-1)
1 p.m.: Olympia (9-6) vs. Kentwood (8-7)
1 p.m.: Puyallup (10-4) vs. Gig Harbor (13-3)
1 p.m.: Skyview (10-6) vs. Emerald Ridge (13-2)

Rest of schedule: Quarterfinals begin at 3 p.m. today, followed by semifinals at noon Saturday, and

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