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North Kitsap remains in volleyball coaches poll

North Kitsap remained among the top 10 volleyball teams last week.

NK sits at No. 8 in the Washington State  coaches Association volleyball poll.

Here are the rankings for the different classifications;

Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association State Rankings
1B 2B 1A 2A 3A 4A
Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4
Oakesdale Colfax Cascade (Leavenworth) Tumwater Mercer Island West Valley
Mt. Vernon Christian Kalama Lynden Christian Archbishop Murphy Eastside Catholic Auburn Riverside
Providence Classical Christian LaConner Kings Columbia River Gig Harbor Mead
Colton Napavine Cedar Park Christian Ridgefield Bellevue Tahoma
Quilcene Toutle Lake Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) White River Squalicum Bellarmine Prep
Pomeroy Wilbur-Creston Freeman Othello Bonney Lake Curtis
Christian Faith Liberty Naches Valley Steilacom Ferndale Gonzaga Prep
ACH Life Christian Charles Wright Academy North Kitsap Timberline Puyallup
Odessa Davenport Granger Burlington-Edison Mt. Spokane Auburn Mountainview
Sunnyside Christian Mossy Rock LaCenter Fife Prairie Kentwood

NK volleyball back in statewide coaches rankings

North Kitsap returned to the Washington State Coaches Association volleyball poll this week.

The Vikings are ranked No. 8 in Class 2A.

Here are the rankings for Week 3;

Class 4A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Tahoma. 3, Mead. 4, West Valley. 5, Bellarmine Prep. 6, Curtis. 7, Puyallup. 8, Kennedy Catholic. 9, Auburn-Mountainview. 10, Kentwood.

Class 3A—1, Ferndale. 2, Mercer Island. 3, Eastside Catholic. 4, Bellevue. 5, Bonney Lake. 6, Mount Spokane. 7, Capital. 8, Prairie. 9, Shadle Park. 10, Gig Harbor.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Columbia River. 5, Selah. 6, White River. 7, Steilacoom. 8, North Kitsap. 9, Burlington Edison. 10, Lakewood.

Class 1A—1, Cascade. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, King’s. 4, Cedar Park Christian. 5, Lakeside Nine Mile Falls. 6, Freeman. 7, LaCenter. 8, Naches Valley. 9, Charles Wright. 10, Granger.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, LaConner. 4, Life Christian. 5, Liberty. 6, Napavine. 7, Toutle Lake. 8, Wilbur-Creston. 9, Davenport. 10, Mossyrock.

NK’s Selembo returns, Kyser out for season

Just when North Kitsap received some good news with the return of Olivia Selembo (concussion), the eighth-ranked Vikings found out they will be without senior Caitlyn Kyser for the rest of the volleyball season.

Kyser, a right-side hitter, came down on another players’ ankle during a match last Thursday and left with what was thought was an ankle sprain. Turns out it was a fracture, said NK coach Tim French.

“She’s done. Other players have to step up now,” he said.

French said Kyser, who is in a hard cast, will remain part of the team in some way whether it’s helping in practice, cheering at the game or singing the national anthem.

“They’re always part of the team,” he said.

NK’s Duchemin commits to DII Saint Martin’s

Bri Duchemin
Bri Duchemin

It didn’t take long for Bri Duchemin to decide where she would like to spend the next four years playing volleyball.

The North Kitsap senior made a verbal commitment to Saint Martin’s Univeristy in Lacey in late August. Saint Martin’s is a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The 6-foot outside hitter will sign her letter of intent for the Saints during the volleyball signing period in November.

Duchemin has been one of the best players in West Sound since her sophomore season. She was named the Olympic League 2A MVP last year and was the Kitsap Sun’s player of the year.

When drawing interest from colleges, Duchemin said she looked at three factors;

  • Staying in state (it’s less expensive)
  • Proximity to family and friends
  • And the programs the school offered — biology or teaching.

Saint Martin’s hit on all three fronts.

“Everything seemed to fit,” Duchemin said, who went to a one-day camp and played with her future teammates.

Duchemin said she’d been thinking about what she wanted and decided to make her verbal commitment right away.

“There’s no reason to wait,” she said.

Now that her college decision has been made, Duchemin feels like it’s lightened her load.

“I think the fact that I know where I’m going took a huge stress (off me),” she said.

The Vikings (6-1 overall, 5-0 OL) are making a push for their eighth league title and another run to the state tournament. Duchemin has been an integral part of NK’s run to state, helping the Vikings place second in Class 2A in the 2013-14 season. Duchemin this week notched her 1,000 career kill, something she wanted to accomplish this season. She knew she was close heading into Tuesday’s league match with North Mason.

“I had seven in the first set and my mom was like ‘You need one more,’” Duchemin said, adding she was also fighting the flu bug and took herself out before the third set to rest. “That was pretty exciting. I really wanted my eight kills.”

NK drops out of state volleyball coaches poll

Despite not losing an Olympic League match last week, the North Kitsap Vikings were left out of the Washington State Coaches Association volleyball poll after debuting among the top 10.

The Vikings (5-1 overall, 4-0 OL) were ranked eighth in the Class 2A last week.

Here are this week’s rankings;

Class 4A—1, Auburn-Riverside. 2. Mead. 3, West Valley. 4, Tahoma. 5, Curtis. 6, Bellarmine Prep. 7, Battleground. 8, Kennedy Catholic. 9, Auburn-Mountainview. 10, Puyallup.

Class 3A—1, Bellevue. 2, Bishop Blanchet. 3, Holy Names. 4, Ferndale. 5, Mercer Island. 6, Prairie. 7, Shorewood. 8, Mt. Spokane. 9, Shadle Park. 10, Southridge.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2. Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Burlington-Edison. 5, Selah. 6, Ellensburg. 7, Fife. 8, Woodland. 9, White River. 10, Othello.

Class 1A—1, Cascade (Leavenworth). 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell). 4, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls). 5, King’s. 6, Freeman. 7, Charles Wright. 8, Naches Valley. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, LaConner. 3, Kalama. 4, Life Christian. 5, Toutle Lake. 6, Northwest Christian (Colbert). 7, Wilbur-Creston. 8, Napavine. 9, Davenport. 10, Reardan.

Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Mount Vernon Christian. 4, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 5, Quilcene. 6, Colton. 7, Providence Classical Christian. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Christian Faith.

NK volleyball debuts at No. 8 in state coaches poll

The Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) released its coaches poll and the North Kitsap Vikings are listed at No. 8 in the Class 2A rankings.

The Vikings are the lone school from West Sound to make the poll in any classification.

Here are the rankings …

Class 4A—1, Mead. 2, West Valley. 3, Tahoma. 4, Curtis. 5, Auburn Riverside. 6, Kennedy Catholic. 7 Auburn Mountainview. 8, Bellarmine Prep. 9, Emerald Ridge. 10, Battleground.

Class 3A—1, Bellevue. 2, Bishop Blanchet. 3, Ferndale. 4, Holy Names. 5, Mercer Island. 6, Shorewood. 7, Shadle Park. 8, Mt. Spokane. 9, Prairie. 10, Southridge.

Class 2A—1, Archbishop Murphy. 2, Tumwater. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Woodland. 5, Burlington-Edison. 6, Selah. 7, Ellensburg. 8, North Kitsap. 9, Bonney Lake. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Cedar Park Christian. 2, Lynden Christian 3, Cascade. 4, Naches Valley. 5, Lakeside. 6, King’s. 7, Freeman. 8, Charles Wright Academy. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, Life Christian. 4, LaConner. 5, Toutle Lake. 6, Napavine. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Wilbur-Creston. 9, Davenport. 10, Reardan.

Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Mount Vernon Christian. 4, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 5, Quilcene. 6, Colton. 7, Providence Classical Christian. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Christian Faith.

Early season volleyball news and notes

It can be hard to tell in these first few games just how a team will play out the season, but I had a feeling about South Kitsap. Based on who the Wolves had coming back, good coaching — which they have in C.J. Scott — and unmistakable talent in libero Tia Lawrence South is my dark horse to make the playoffs and could very well — with some luck — make state.

I kind of judge all teams on how well they play against Kitsap’s best team, North Kitsap, and the Wolves beat the Vikings 24-22, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24 in a non-league match Thursday. Now I know SK (2-0) plays in the 4A classification and NK in 2A, but honestly that doesn’t matter considering how good the Vikings (1-1) have been under Tim French.

South Kitsap was down 21-14 in the final game before coming back to win it. Lawrence, an All-Narrows second team nominee last year who had 31 digs, certainly impressed NK’s French.

“There were balls that were normally points for sure (that Lawrence dug),” he said. “It was fun to watch her actually. There was nothing too good for her. Teams where Bri (Duchemin) just crushes it and (Tia’s) like, ‘OK. I got that.’ Their whole team played really good defense.”

High praise indeed.

Also, CK opened South Sound Conference play with a loss to Gig Harbor on Thursday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-17, 25-13. Katie Downey led CK with nine assists, Lily Campbell had 11 digs and Courtney Anderson added five kills.

Upcoming games to watch: Olympic travels to Sequim on Tuesday in an early season duel between two teams that will be contending for the playoffs. … Central Kitsap heads to Yelm for a South Sound Conference match. Familiar opponent in new league, but likely results won’t change as CK should win this one. … Wednesday Bainbridge hosts Ingraham in Metro League play. Good early test for the Spartans. North Kitsap is back in action against Bremerton. The Knights finished second in the OL2A, right behind the Vikings.

Coach Kim Renken's Klahowya Volleyball team returns a core of seniors for the Eagles. They are, from left, Jessica Carlson, Nicole Mills, Ashley Sharp, Madison Jones and joining them for the season is foreign exchange student Sarah Irgen Thorsesen.
Coach Kim Renken’s Klahowya Volleyball team returns a core of seniors for the Eagles. They are, from left, Jessica Carlson, Nicole Mills, Ashley Sharp, Madison Jones and joining them for the season is foreign exchange student Sarah Irgen Thorsesen.

Also, be sure to read our season preview in Wednesday’s edition as I take a look at the two-time Olympic League 1A champion Klahowya Eagles. The previews also includes our team-by-team previews and players to watch.

Bremerton hires volleyball coach

Bremerton High School has found its new volleyball coach.

Sara Todorovich has been named the next volleyball coach for the Knights, Bremerton High athletic director Casey Lindberg confirmed Wednesday.

Todorovich, a Walla Walla native, played collegiate volleyball for Arizona State and Eastern Washington.

Former volleyball coach Clay Blackwood resigned in April to take on a full-time position at Olympic College. He was a part-time teacher and adviser, and previously volleyball coach at OC from 2002 to 2005.

After graduating, Todorovich returned to her hometown and coached at Walla Walla University from 2010 to 2013.

Todorovich has been the head coach with the Washington Elite, a national USA Volleyball Club from the Olympic Peninsula, since 2014.

Blackwood said he remembered seeing Tordorovich during recruiting trips while she was playing at Walla Walla High School and that she had “big-time” talent.

The Knights made the district tournament the last two years, and were one game away from the state tournament last season.
Blackwood said he is hopeful that Tordorovich continue to push the program further.

“They have the structure in place to take the program to new heights,” he said.

Spartans named to All-Mountain Division volleyball for Metro League

Riley Kulfan, a senior outside hitter for Bainbridge High was named a second-team All-Mountain Division member for the Metro League.

Teammates Kate Merifiled, Maggie Sweeney and Erica Sprott were named honorable mention.

Metro League

All-Mountain Division

MVP—Chloe Loreen, Lakeside, jr., OH

Coach of the year—Teron Uy, Lakeside

Sportsmanship award—Eastside Catholic

First team—Evan Larson, Blanchet, sr., M; Amanda Derr, Blanchet, sr., L; Maddie McMaster, Eastside, so., OH; Kyana Harris, Eastside, so., OH; Angelou Dunton, Holy Names, sr., OH; Maeva Osemene, Holy Nmaes, sr., S; Kallin Spiller, Lakeside, jr., OH; Katherine Outcalt, jr., OH.

Second team—Riley Kulfan, Bainbridge, sr., OH; Julia Leon, Blanchet, jr., M; Allison Fiorini, Blanchet, sr., OH; Taylor Elop, Eastside, jr., L; Gracie Jendrezak, Eastside, so., M; Delane Harris, Holy Names, sr., M; Anna Hartz, Holy Names, sr., L; Maddie Ryan, Lakeside, fr., S.

Honorable mention—Kate Merifiled, Bainbridge, sr., L; Maggie Sweeney, Bainbridge, so., OH; Erica Sprott, Bainbridge, so., S; Beatriz Cuevas, Blanchet, jr., OH; Sophie Sliger, Blanchet, sr., S; Julia Oishi, Blanchet, sr., S; Sidney Conger, Eastside, sr., L; Anna Jacobsen, Eastside, sr., M; Vicki Reeves, Eastside, sr., L; Vanya Webber, Holy Names, jr., OH; Kelsey Wall, Holy Names, jr., M; Julia Koh, Holy Names, fr., Opp.; Hana Fulghum, Lakeside, sr., L; Molly Weik, Lakeside, jr., M; Kaela Allen, Lakeside, sr., L; Allison Wilson, Seattle Prep, jr., S; Jana Zisette, Seattle Prep, sr., M; Veronica Gubelman, Seattle Prep, sr., OH.

CK’s Hillers signs to play volleyball at D2 Dixie State

CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season. (Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun_
CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season.
(Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun)

Central Kitsap senior middle hitter Kjersten Hillers signed Tuesday to play Division II volleyball for Dixie State in Saint George, Utah.

The 6-foot Hillers was a two-year starter for the Cougars who advanced to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tourney this season and a 16-3 record. She was also a two-year member of the USA National A2 team as a middle blocker and played four seasons for Olympic Premier Volleyball Club.

“Kjersten is going to be a great addition to our program,” said Dixie State head coach Robyn Felder. “She has the right size and jumping ability to be a perfect middle blocker for our offensive system. With her athleticism and training with USA volleyball, I cannot wait to get Kjersten in the gym and watch her develop.”

The Red Storm plays in the Pacific West Great Northwest Conference and won the conference championship this season.