2000 VHS Volleyball Award Winners!
(I got some good pictures; check 'em out..)
Megan Krell, First Team middle blocker;
Lisa Rice, Second Team middle/outside hitter;
Leslie Palmer, Honorable Mention, outside hitter.
Megan is the first Vashon Pirate named to the All-Nisqually League First Team in several years, and the first since Rod Ciceri became coach!
The Pirate's record got them one shot at moving onward in the season: a trip out to Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend to play Klahowya, which was fifth place finisher in the Olympic Division. This match was to determine the final seed into the Bi-Districts to be played at Vashon on November 4.
Arriving early to what appeared to be a vacant school, the girls warmed up, and waited. We were short one regular Varsity player, and several of the sophomores were pressed into service.
The girls played their hearts out, but it was not to be.
Klahowya started out strong in the first game, but Vashon came back from several missed serves to tie at 10-10. Klahowya pulled ahead from that point and won 15-10.
The second game was a real battle: Vashon scored first 0-2, then Klahowya came back to 6-2; the Pirates caught up 6-6; then the game see-sawed 6-7, 6-8, 7-9; Klahowya up 10-9; Vashon tied 10-10; tied 11-11; tied 12-12; Vashon up 12-13, and on to win 12-14, 12-15.
A great game!
The third game seemed as though it was going to be a replay of the second: Klahowya out 3-1; then Vashon catches up 3-2, ties 3-3, and goes out in front 3-4; then Klahowya tied 4-4 on a bad no-call; went up 5-4; we tied 5-5 on an ace by Molly; but suddenly that was it: Klahowya 6-5, then suddenly 8-5; and the Pirates were stuck: 9-5, 10-5, 11-5, 12-5, 13-5, 14-5 and 15-5 for game and match.
All the girls played really well, particularily Jenny Montgomery and Joanna Speer, who Coach Rod felt played their best games all year.
But that was it; and now all we get to do is watch at our own party, when the Bi-Districts come to the Island...
Volleyball's final regular season match was an away game down at Steilacoom, Wednesday October 25.
C squad started out, playing to a time deadline of 4:00pm, when the JV game was scheduled to start, and C won a close one 20-18.
JV was next, and played pretty well, but lost to Steilacoom JV in two: 9-15 and 10-15.
Then it was Varsity's turn, and the girls seemed out of focus for their last regular season match, losing 7-15, 6-15 and getting swamped 2-15 in the third.
Both Junior Varsity and Varsity played great matches when Orting came to the Island 10/23/00 for the home game season-closer.
Junior Varsity did lose to Orting in three: 15-13, 15-10, and won the third 9-15. The girls were right in each game but a lack of communication and a tendancy to get too tight when the chips were down kept them from beating the Orting JV twice this season.
Varsity played a great match, winning 8-15, 1-15, 6-15.
We had some great digs by Lauren, Joanna, Lisa; good setting by Samantha; great kills by Lisa and Megan and Leslie. Megan had some great blocks at the net.
The Pirates made the easiest road trip of the season to Foster High, which is just over in Tukwila, on 10/18/00, but the matches against Foster were pretty tough.
Junior Varsity won one game, but lost their match 15-10, 12-15, 15-7. JV was pretty evenly matched, but lost sight of the fundamentals of the game too often.
Varsity was simply out-played by a very powerful Foster Varsity, which had good ball control, good blocking at the net, and several hitters who could hit a three-by-three foot spot almost at will.
Varsity scores: 15-3, 15-1 (!), 15-6.
Foster should be a team to watch at the Bi-Districts, here at Vashon, November 4, 2000.
The 10/16/00 match against Eatonville featured games by all three teams: C, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.
C and JV both put up really good battles: C lost the match, with scores of 15-6, 15-12, and scared Eatonville by driving them to a 16-14 score in the third game.
Junior Varsity: lost 15-8, won the second game 11-15, lost the third and the match 15-3.
Varsity had a even tougher time of it, losing 15-4, 15-5, 15-3.
I couldn't figure out any way to get to the away game 10/11/00 at Chimacum: I work over in town, and getting out to the Olympic Peninsula in the middle of the day is really hard, what with the work at Southworth and all, unless I'd have gone into Colman Dock and gone out of Seattle to Bainbridge, or something...
...and the Pirates ended taking a boat off the south end, and driving up 16 and over the Hood Canal bridge.
And after arriving at Chimacum almost two hours before the match, the girls couldn't get fired up, and lost to Chimacum, 15-8, 15-2, 16-14. We gave 'em a good battle in the third game, but to no avail.
Steilacoom came up to the Island Monday, October 9. They had given us a good battle earlier in the year at the Mariner Tournament, and the Pirates were hoping for some revenge and a Nisqually League win...
...but it was not to be. Varsity started out well, winning 15-6 in the first game. Steilacoom came back and won the match in the next three games, 15-9, 15-4, 15-2.
The away game down to Orting 10/04/00 was a real turn-around from Monday and Foster: the Pirate Varsity won 15-5, 15-5, 15-4; and Junior Varsity won 15-3, 15-8, 15-2 for a sweep!
Orting had no Seniors or Juniors on it's Varsity team; I talked to one of their players after the game, and told her to keep her head up, as next year Vashon and Orting both would be playing only with girls who are now freshmen or sophomores...
Foster came to the Island Monday 10/02/00 and the players were as raucous as usual. Since every sports team in America seems to have adopted "Who let the dogs out?" the fact that Foster's mascot is the "Bulldogs"didn't make it any easier to hear it again...
...and to add insult to injury, the Bulldogs beat the Pirates 15-7, 15-6, 15-10.
Vashon's second Nisqually League match on 09/27/00, an away game against Eatonville, had Varsity, Junior Varsity and C squads all playing matches.
Varsity lost solidly to Eatonville 15-1, 15-9 and 15-2. The girls never seemed to be in focus in any match.
Junior Varsity lost also, 15-10, 15-3, and 15-2.
The second match also saw the Pirates suffer another serious loss when Chelsea Coldeen injured her right knee attempting to play a ball out-of-bounds in very tight quarters in Eatonville's gym, which was set up to play two matches at once, in two courts, side-by-side.
The C squad gained some measure of revenge, beating Eatonville's C squad 17-15, 9-15, 12-15! 'Way to go, C!
Chimacum came to the Island for Volleyball's first Nisqually League match on Monday, 09/25/00.
The Pirate Varsity played a tough match over five games, but finally lost to the Cowboys: 9-15, 17-15, 11-15, 15-12, 15-7.
Volleyball had a bye-week the week of 09/17-09/23...
The Pirates traveled up to Lakewood High School past Marysville 09/14/00 and Varsity, Junior Varsity and C squads got to play.
Varsity played one of the best volleyball matches I've seen in a long time! Lakewood finally won but it was a battle: 15-10, 15-11, 11-15, 15-13.
Lakewood had an amazing turnout (compared to Vashon standards..) they had maybe 200 people in the stands, and cheerleaders...
The Mariner HS Tournament on Saturday 09/09/00 was pretty tough. We were up against a lot of 3A schools, and even the 2A schools were pretty tough, too.
Steilacoom (2A - Nisqually League rival..) was a heartbreaker: up 10-1, lost 10-15 or 11-15, I don't remember. The second game we lost..
The final match against Garfield HS was a heartbreaker, too. We won the first game, lost the second game, and lost the third game 13-15 on a bad call by a line judge who called Garfield's serve in, and who broke into tears moments after she realized she'd blown the call and we'd lost the match because of her...
Thursday 09/07/00: Yeak, OK, we lost to Forks, both JV and Varsity (15-5, 15-4, 15-7), but all the girls played pretty darn well -- pretty good for only the first game of the season!
Coach Rod Ciceri feels that the Pirate Volleyball team could finish in the top three in the Nisqually League this year. Eatonville is league favorite, and Foster should be a strong team.
Returning seniors are Leslie Palmer, Lisa Rice, and Megan Krell, all of whom have been playing off-Island club ball. These seniors are joined by Lauren Dantche, Emma Hathaway, and Molly Wilson.
There are no returning Juniors; Sophomores include Samantha Songhurst, Jenny Montgomery, Joanna Speer, Rosalie Sage, Rachel Weise, Amanda Denend; most of these girls played in an on-Island club team last spring. Freshmen are Katie Wilson, Sierra Webb, Lara Smith, Char Skeffington, Chelsea Coldeen, Sarah Davis, Monica Fisher, Katie McDaneld, Holly Bercynski, Kayla Clampett, and Hailey Poehlman.
In all there are 28 girls on the roster at 10/10/00; the Pirates are able to field a "C" team against those schools which have a "C" squad thanks to the donations of Pirate parents to the Girls' Volleyball program.
A pretty tough day... Let's just say it was character-building :-)
Practices start Monday, August 21, 2000; Season ends November 11, 2000.
Minimum practice days per individual = 10. Regular season contest limit = 16 + Jamboree. All Varsity Level games are played immediately after completion of the JV games. JV: best 2 out of 3 games. Varsity: best 3 out of 5 games.
Participating schools: Vashon, Chimacum, Eatonville, Foster, Orting, Steilacoom
Head Coach: Rod Ciceri; JV Coach: Kristin Eastman
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