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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.

North Kitsap jumps to fourth in state volleyball rankings

The North Kitsap Vikings will head to the Class 2A state tournament as the fourth-ranked team in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week.

The Vikings, who finished second at the West Central District tournament last weekend, were ranked seventh last week. They were ranked eighth last week.

Note: Coaches did not participate in the 3A classification, so there is no poll. The rankings from last week, which had Central Kitsap ninth, will stand.

UPDATE: The final 3A rankings have been posted and CK was not among the top 10.

Here’s this week’s rankings;

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Battle Ground. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Eisenhower. 6, Mead. 7, Monroe. 8, Graham Kapowsin. 9, Central Valley-Spokane. 10, University-Spokane.

Class 3A—1, Columbia River. 2, Kennedy. 3, Holy Names. 4, Mercer Island. 5, Auburn Riverside. 6, Shorewood. 7, Lakeside. 8, Mount Spokane. 9, Auburn Mountainview. 10, Kamiakan.

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

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

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, LaConner. 3, Napavine. 4, Toutle Lake. 5, Waterville. 6, Tri-Cities Prep. 7, Life Christian. 8, Wilbur Christian. 9, Reardan. 10, Wahkiakum.

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

State football/soccer/volleyball matchups set

Football:
Here’s the Class 2A state bracket.
North Kitsap at River Ridge on Saturday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey at 7 p.m.
Olympic hosts Sedro Woolley on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Soccer
Central Kitsap hosts Marysville-Pilchuck in Class 3A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket).
North Kitsap hosts Shorecrest in Class 2A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket)
Klahowya is at King’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A state opening round. (bracket)
The Crosspoint boys and girls play a doubleheader at Interlake in Bellevue (update: these games have been moved to South Kitsap) on Saturday. (Girls bracket, boys bracket).

Volleyball
North Kitsap plays Anacortes Friday at 9 a.m. at the Class 2A state tournament at St. Martin’s in Lacey. NK could face Sequim in their second game. (Bracket)

CK, NK still among ranked teams in volleyball poll

Central Kitsap and North Kitsap stayed among the ranked teams in the Week 7 statewide volleyball poll, which is announced by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Central Kitsap, the Narrows League tournament champions, are ranked No. 9 in the Class 3A. Olympic League regular-season champ and tournament champion North Kitsap is ranked No. 8 in the 2A.

Here are the full rankings…

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Battle Ground. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Eisenhower. 6, Emerald Ridge. 7, Mead. 8, Monroe. 9, Central Valley-Spokane. 10, Kentwood.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Columbia River. 3, Mercer Island. 4, Shorewood. 5, Holy Names. 6. Lakeside. 7, Kennedy. 8, North Thurston. 9, Central Kitsap. 10, Garfield.

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

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Kalama. 3, Lynden Christian. 4, Cascade-Leavenworth. 5, Kings. 6, Granger. 7, Cedar Park Christian. 8, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls. 9, Naches Valley. 10, Annie Wright.

Class 2B—1, Napavine. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, LaConner. 4, Colfax. 5, Okanogan. 6, Brewster. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Wilbur Creston. 9, Friday Harbor. 10, Life Christian.

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

Updated: CK five make All-Narrows 3A volleyball team

Central Kitsap’s Taija Rice, Katie Thorsen, Cecilia Teston, Katie Downey and Summer McDermed were named to the All-Narrows League 3A volleyball team on Friday.

Rice, a senior outside hitter, and Thorsen, a senior middle hitter, and Cecilia Teston, a senior setter, were named to the first team. Downey, a junior setter, and McDermed, a junior libero, were named honorable mention.

Here are the all-league selections;

MVP—Alex Porter, sr., OH, North Thurston

Coach of the year—Jackie Meyer, North Thurston

First team—Hali Ehresman, jr., MH, Capital; Olivia Fairchild, jr., MH, North Thurston; Lea Jones, jr., L, Lincoln; Kailey Losey, sr., S, North Thurston; Taija Rice, sr., OH, Central Kitsap; Morgan Stroud, sr., L, North Thurston; Cecelia Teston, sr., S, Central Kitsap; Katie Thorsen, sr., MH, Central Kitsap.

Second team—Alana Bates-Carector, sr., S, Mount Tahoma; Kiara Budge, sr., S, Shelton; Alex Bunch, jr., OH, Wilson; Zyonna Fellow, so., MH, Mount Tahoma; Paige Johnson, jr., MH, Shelton; Chloe Jones, so., OH, Lincoln; Angela Stanback, jr., MH, Foss; Steffany Sweet, sr., OH, Capital.

Honorable mention—Amanda Christopher, sr., MH, Capital; Bailey Colombo, sr., OH, North Thurston; Katie Downey, jr., S, Central Kitsap; Tia Grow, so., S/OH, Capital; Ciarra Judson, fr., S, Wilson; Marissah Martinez, sr., S, Lincoln; Summer McDermed, jr., L, Central Kitsap; Myah Rodius, fr., L, Shelton.

All-Narrows League 4A

MVP—Megan Jacobsen, sr., MH, Bellarmine Prep

First team—Juliana Salanoa, jr., MH, Timberline; Ashley Tuiaana, sr., OH, Timberline; Addy Woolery, sr., L, Bellarmine; Hannah Pukis, sr., S, Bellarmine; Julia Fleener, sr., S, Olympia, Lauren Wilson, sr., OH, Olympia; Marin Malich, sr., MH, Gig Harbor; Lauren Hatfield, so., OH, Gig Harbor.

Second team—Natalie Stark, jr., S, Timberline; McKenzie Schwan, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Claire McCarthy, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Lydia Soto, sr., OH, Olympia; Hannah Yerex, so., L, Gig Harbor; Tia Lawrence, jr., L, South Kitsap; Natalie Olson, sr., OH, South Kitsap.
Honorable mention—Kasey Lewis, so., MH, Timberline; Clea Sypeck, sr., OH, Timberline; Maddie Reves, sr., Opp., Olympia; Ellie Rill, so., S, South Kitsap; Abby Middleton, jr., S, Yelm; Riley Clark, so., S, Stadium.