Pirate Volleyball at UW-WSU women's volleyball match, Friday 11/14/03!
Well, we only had a couple people make it :-( but we had a great time! UW won 3-0
The Pirates pretty much get slapped in the face as far as 2003 Nisqually All-League honors go...
(But that's gonna happen when we aren't there to lobby for our players)
Pirate Varsity volleyball's 2003 season ends at the Nisqually League Districts at Foster, Saturday 11/08/03
2A State Finals results, from Yakima, Friday-Saturday 11/14-15/03!
Pirate Freshmen and Varsity Junior par-tay! Par-tay! Par-tay!
Pirate Varsity, and Freshmen-Varsity Junior combine to sweep our last five Nisqually League matches!
Both squads finish out the season strong by beating Eatonville, Foster, Steilacoom, Orting, and Eatonville!
An unexpected, final combined Varsity Junior/Freshmen squad match: 4 Freshmen and 2 Varsity Junior players combine to beat Eatonville's JV 2-0, Wednesday 11/05/03!
*Varsity Junior? What's that?
We've got our teams! What's Coach Dave think?
Pictures from the first Volleyball Camp are up!
Varsity sweeps the 2003 Highline Invitational!
Pictures from the first Volleyball Camp are up!
Who are the Vashon High School volleyball Pirates?
The current Fall 2003 Pirate Volleyball Schedule at the VHS website
Vashon High School Pirates 2003 Volleyball!
Varsity Junior and Freshman team members at the 2003 VHS Volleyball Awards potluck!
Senior's Night before the Eatonville victory! From the left: Malinda, Char, and Lara!
Varsity gets psyched-up before the championship match at the Highline Varsity Invitationals!
Nisqually League, and State 2A Volleyball, 2003
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State 2A Championship, Saturday 15 Nov
Woodland 3, Chelan 0 25-16, 25-14, 25-16
Semifinals, Saturday 15 Nov
Chelan 3, South Whidbey 0 25-15 25-20 25-20 Woodland 3, Lynden Christian 0 25-12 25-19 25-14
Quarterfinals, Friday 14 Nov
Chelan 3, Pullman 1 25-16 15-25 25-13 25-18 South Whidbey 3, Ephrata 0 25-15 25-19 26-24 Lynden Christian 3, Kiona-Benton 0 25-19 25-15 25-11 Woodland 3, Colville 2 22-25 24-26 25-12 26-24 21-19
Consolation Bracket, Friday 14 Nov
Forks 3, Steilacoom 0 25-15 25-22 25-15 Ridgefield 3, Port Townsend 1 25-17 25-23 19-25 25-17 Omak 3, Orting 0 25-17 25-14 25-17
First Round, Friday 14 Nov
Pullman 3, La Center 1 24-26 25-18 25-17 25-22 Chelan 3, Meridian 0 25-22 25-23 26-24 South Whidbey 3, Forks 1 25-20 25-18 21-25 25-22 Ephrata 3, Steilacoom 0 25-18 25-21 25-20 Kiona-Benton 3, Port Townsend 1 25-12 25-17 24-26 25-20 Lynden Christian 3, Ridgefield 0 25-13 25-20 25-6 Colville 3, Omak 0 25-17 25-18 26-24 Woodland 3, Orting 0 25-9 25-10 25-9
Dec 03 2003
Nisqually League Coach of the Year, 2003
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 12:15:18 -0800 From: "Matt Turner" <TurnerM@tukwila.wednet.edu> To: <snip> Subject: Volleyball Coach of the Year Congratulations to Orting's Jeanne Munson, 2003 Nisqually Coach of the Year!
Nov 10 2003
Nisqually All-League Honors
These were decided at a meeting out in Silverdale the Sunday after Districts that neither Dave nor I attended...
...suffice it to say that the 10-3 Pirates pretty much got slapped in the face, but that's what happens when you're not there to lobby for your players :-/
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 11:32:17 -0800 From: "Matt Turner" <TurnerM@tukwila.wednet.edu> To: /* snip */ Subject: Volleyball (ALL-League) Congratulations to the top three in Districts... #1- Steilacoom #2- Port Townsend #3- Orting League Results Teams represented at meeting: Chimacum, Sequim, Foster, Steilacoom, Orting CO-MVP: Alana O'Hara (Sequim) CO-MVP: Ricki Creger-Zier (Steilacoom) 1st TEAM * Alyssa Schafer (Steilacoom) * Krystal Bessey (Orting) * Lara Smith (Vashon) * Amy Dalzell (Foster) * Amanda Porto (Chimacum) * Julie Reno (Sequim) 2nd TEAM * Samantha Locke (Chimacum) * Nina Wetzler (Foster) * Latoya Anthony (Steilacoom) * Leanne Higley (Orting) * Miranda Trudeau (Port Townsend) * Kayla Roof (Eatonville) HONORABLE MENTION * Sara Theisen (Orting) * Chantel Arey (Chimacum) * Tia Nofoa (Steilacoom) * Tarynn McHugh (Sequim)
Can you say: "political"?
Nov 09 2003
Nisqually League Districts:
At Foster High School, Saturday, November 8, 2003
Seeds - revised at Fri Nov 7 09:46:59 PST 2003 #1 - Steilacoom - 12-1* #2 - Vashon - 10-3* #5 - Port Townsend - 6-7* #3 - Orting - 6-7* #4 - Chimacum - 6-7* #6 - Foster - 5-8* ( * = complete season, 13 games) Game Times: GAME 1 (9:30 AM) Foster vs Port Townsend (home team) Loser Out Port Townsend defeated Foster 3-1 GAME 2 (11:00 AM) Chimacum vs Orting (home team) Loser Out Orting defeated Chimacum 3-1 GAME 3 (12:30 PM) Winner of game #1 vs Vashon (home team) Port Townsend defeated Vashon 18-25, 12-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-12 GAME 4 (2:00 PM) Winner of game #2 vs Steilacoom (home team) Steilacoom defeated Orting 3-0 Game 5 (3:30 PM) Loser of game 3 will play loser of game 4 to decide third spot for State Orting defeated Vashon 22-25, 17-25, 25-14, 25-18, 17-15 Game 6 (5:00 PM) Winner of game 3 will play winner of game 4 Port Townsend versus Steilacoom Both of these teams will go to state as the #1 and #2 seeds.
Nisqually League volleyball standings
Finaly Nisqually League Volleyball standings at Fri Nov 7 09:54:10 PST 2003 12-1 Steilacoom* 12-1 Sequim - 3A* 10-3 Vashon* 7-6 North Mason - 3A* 6-7 Port Townsend* 6-7 Orting* 6-7 Chimacum* 5-8 Foster* 1-12 Eatonville* 0-13 Klahowya* * = complete 2003 13-game season Steilacoom had won head-to-head over Sequim Port Townsend had won head-to-head over Orting Port Townsend had won head-to-head over Chimacum Orting had won head-to-head over Chimacum November 6th match: Port Townsend D. Chimacum November 5th match: Vashon 3, D. Eatonville 0 November 4th match: Chimacum D. North Mason November 3rd matches: Vashon 3, Orting 1 Port Townsend 3, Klahowya 0 Steilacoom 3, Foster 0 Matches remaining at 11/04/03: Nov. 4 - North Mason at Chimacum Nov. 5 - Eatonville at Vashon Nov. 6 - Port Townsend at Chimacum Partial October 27th/October 29 matches: Vashon 3, Steilacoom 0 Foster 3, Eatonville 0 North Mason 3, Port Townsend 2 Steilacoom over Orting Partial October 22nd matches: Vashon 3, Foster 0 October 20th matches Sequim 3, Klahowya 1 Vashon 3, Eatonville 0 Orting 3, Foster 0 Partial October 15th matches Vashon 3, Foster 1 October 13th matches Orting 3, Chimacum 0 Steilacoom 3, North Mason 1 Sequim 3, Eatonville 0 Foster 3, Klahowya 2 Vashon, bye October 8th matches Steilacoom 3, Chimacum 0 Eatonville 3, Klahowya 2 Port Townsend 3, Orting 0 Vashon 3, North Mason 2 Sequim 3, Foster 1 September 29th matches Chimacum 3, Klahowya 1 North Mason 3, Orting 1 Steilacoom 3, Port Townsend 1 Sequim 3, Vashon 1
Vashon High School Pirates Volleyball!
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New news:Dec 3 2003
2003 Pirate Volleyball Awards!
2003 Pirate Volleyball held its awards potluck on Wednesday, December 3, in the VHS Commons.
Varsity MVP: Lara Smith; Varstiy Most Inspirational: Char Skeffington; Varsity Most Improved: Jill Middling; Varsity Coach's Awards: Lara Smith, Lyssa Nelson, Jen Owens.
Varsity Junior Most Valuable Teammate: Rosalie Kuerschner; Runners-up, Jennifer Osgood and Rachel Stendahl; Honorable Mention: Tiffani Stark.
Varsity Junior Most Improved: a dead-heat tie between Jennifer Osgood and Chloe Melton; Runner-up: Justine Eister; Honorable Mention: Chantal Uto.
Varsity Junior Best Sportsmanship: Rosalie K; Runner-up: Danielle Rotter; Honorable Mention: Rachel S, Justine E, Karaena McCormack.
Varsity Junior Most Fun to have on the Team: Rachel S and her interpretive dance routines; Runner-up: Justine E; Honorable Mention: Danielle R and Rosalie K.
Varsity Junior "Go to Varsity for 2004": Rosalie K; Runner-up: Rachel S and Jennifer O; Honorable Mention: Tiffani S.
Freshman Most Valuable Teammate: Rose Pierce; Runners-up: Jenna Shiosaki and Marya Purrington; Honorable Mention: Raquel Jellison and Lily Marth.
Freshman Most Improved: Lily M; Runner-up: Rose P; Honorable Mention: Raquel J, Sarah Stover, Morgan Wegner.
Freshman Best Sportsmanship: Jenna Shiosaki; Runners-up: Morgan W, Lily M; Honorable Mention: Raquel J, Jasmine Hagerty.
Freshman Most Fun to have on the Team: Lily M; Runner-up: Rose P; Honorable Mention: Marya P and Raquel J.
Freshman "Go to Varsity for 2004": Jenna S; Runners-up: Rose P and Marya P; Honorable Mention: Lily M, Raquel J and Morgan W.
Varsity Junior and Freshman Coach's awards:
Raquel Jellison, for her unstoppable enthusiasm for the sport of volleyball, a tee-shirt which reads "Volleyball: Is there anything else?" For Raquel the answer is certainly "No!". Raquel practiced non-stop, and typically had to be asked several times by her mother to leave almost every night at practice. I understand that Raquel and her younger sister have to be asked to stop playing with the volleyball in their bedroom at night and go to sleep!
Tiffany Stark, arguably the strongest player on the VJ team, and highest point scorer on the team with 78 even though she missed some matches, a tee-shirt which reads: "It's not about me, it's about team!" Tiffani made tremendous progress during the year learning to play team volleyball, and will be a powerhouse player next year!
Jennifer Osgood, who played real volleyball for the first time this summer on August 25, and who ended up being second-highest scorer on the VJ team with 62 points, a tee-shirt which reads: "Sorry dear, did you want a manicure with that facial?" Several weeks into the season Jennifer was a little down, and didn't seem to feel like she was getting the game or finding her niche on the team. We had just started running her as a middle blocker, and after practice one evening when I told her about this saying, I could instantly see the light come on in her eyes and see that she had suddenly found her volleyball identity as a middle blocker!
Chloe Melton, whom Justine suggested I let try setting very late in the season, a tee-shirt which reads "Athletic by Nature, Volleyball Setter by Choice!" Chloe picked up setting very quickly and developed a real, nice soft touch with the ball. I got her to stop apologizing when she goofed up, and she listened to what I had to say and really came along very rapidly! Chloe shows great promise as a setter next year!
Varsity Junior and Freshman team members at the 2003 VHS Volleyball Awards potluck!
Nov 09 2003
Pirate Varsity 2003 volleyball season ends at Districts
Coming out out of the Nisqually League regular season with a fantastic record of 10 wins, 3 losses, Pirate Varsity volleyball needed to win only one of its two matches at the 2003 West Central District Volleyball Tournament at Foster High School on Saturday November 8, to advance to the 2A State volleyball finals for the first time in the memory of most fans. Over an absolutely heartbreaking span of five hours, the Pirates could not find a way to get the job done.
The Pirate's first match was against Port Townsend, which had already defeated Districts host Foster High School, 3-1. Vashon took game one 25-18, game two 25-12, and seemed to have the match well in hand against a strong Port Townsend team.
Both game three and game four were see-saw battles from the start: the Pirates were tied again and again in both games: at 4-4, 7-7, down only slightly at 11-12, tied again at 15-15, tied at 19-19, tied at 22-22, tied at 24-24. The Pirates were so close to victory twice, only to watch game three slip away at a crushingly close score of 23-25, and game four slip away at an equally devastating 24-26.
A win in game five would advance the Pirates to State; a loss in game five would send them on to play later in the day. Vashon got up by as much as four points at 10-6, only to be held to two more points while Port Townsend marched all the way back to win the game, and the match at 12-15. Now the Pirates had just one more chance.
The final, third berth to State was up for grabs between the Pirates and Orting in the fifth match of the day. Again, the Pirates started out strongly, winning game one at 25-22, and winning game two at 25-17. Now the Pirates needed to win one more game to advance to State.
But it was deja vu all over again, only this time it wasn't really close. Orting stepped out to a wide 1-10 lead in game three, held on to 6-14, let the Pirates come back to 11-17, but then allowed only three more Pirate points as Orting took game three at 14-25. Game four saw the Pirates tied at 4-4, but that was about it. Down 4-8, 5-12, fighting back to 11-14, falling back to 11-18, fighting back to 15-22, but only getting to 18-24 from there as Orting took game four 18-25.
We had one chance left in game five, played to 15 points. The Pirates put up a heroic struggle: tied at 5-5, well ahead at 12-7, and then caught from behind at 13-13, tied at 14-14, tied at 15-15, and then watching it all slip away as Orting went to 15-16 on a Pirate error, and to win game, match, and a trip to State on an Orting kill at 15-17.
Thanks to all the Pirate parents who turned out, and to all the Freshmen and Varsity Junior volleyball players in the stands who made up the loudest cheering section in the Foster gym! All our hearts go out to the entire Varsity volleyball team, who had such a wonderful season come to such a heartbreakingly early end.
Districts results: GAME 1 (9:30 AM) Foster vs Port Townsend (home team) Loser Out Port Townsend defeated Foster 3-1 GAME 2 (11:00 AM) Chimacum vs Orting (home team) Loser Out Orting defeated Chimacum 3-1 GAME 3 (12:30 PM) Winner of game #1 vs Vashon (home team) Port Townsend defeated Vashon 18-25, 12-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-12 GAME 4 (2:00 PM) Winner of game #2 vs Steilacoom (home team) Steilacoom defeated Orting 3-0 Game 5 (3:30 PM) Loser of game 3 will play loser of game 4 to decide third spot for State Orting defeated Vashon 22-25, 17-25, 25-14, 25-18, 17-15 Game 6 (5:00 PM) Port Townsend versus Steilacoom Both of these teams will go to state as the #1 and #2 seeds.
Nov 07 2003
Pirate Freshmen and Varsity Junior par-tay! Par-tay! Par-tay!
Well, it was a party of sorts :-)
On the Thursday after our last match we put out one set of bleachers, set up the TV-VCR from the boy's coaches office, I brought in 4 extra large pizzas and a case of Snapple from Costco and 2 bags of chips and some big bottles of pop, and we settled down to watch some beach volleyball tapes, and tapes of our last match of the season against Eatonville!
And we got to watch Rachel's interpretive dance routine, and some really good passing and setting and hitting and serving as we beat Eatonville's JV with our patchwork 4-Freshman 2-Varsity Junior team, 25-14, 25-20!
And we voted on our Player's Choice Awards, to be given out at the Pirate Volleyball Awards Banquet, later this month!
And the only real disappointment in the whole afternoon, the girls decided, was that the buff guys in the beach volleyball matches weren't wearing Speedos :-(
But other than that, we all had a great time!
Nov 06 2003
Another Pirate volleyball sweep!
Pirate Varsity, and Freshmen-Varsity Junior sweep Eatonville at home!
Pirate Freshmen and Varsity Junior vs Eatonville, 11/05/03:
This week has simply been the most gonzo, bizarre week in my recent memory, and Wednesday I just about lost it :-)
Remember that on Monday at about 10:15 am I found out that Eatonville didn't have a Junior Varsity squad, and I had to scramble the lineups for Monday's Orting match to get Varsity Junior one more chance to play...
...and then Tuesday we put together some vague plan to do a Freshman-Varsity Junior scrimmage before the Wednesday Varsity Eatonville match, and before the Senior's night ceremonies...
...and then Wednesday, the Freshmen and Varsity Junior teams kinda straggle in, and some people don't have their stuff, and some people don't seem really enthusiastic about playing anyway, and there's not a lot of time, and we have a team meeting and pretty much decide to forget the VJ-Freshman scrimmage idea, and everyone just goes off on their own way...
...and then Eatonville shows up, and announces that they *do* have a JV squad, and they want to play!
And that's when I about lost it :-)
Anyway, enough of my little problems! Long story short: we get the net up; we get everyone who's still here (all six of them!) into their uniforms; I loan one girl one of my emergency jerseys; I forbid another girl who apparently has a cracked rib (from diving onto the floor to make a pass!) from playing; we get warmed up; finally some Refs show up; Dave gets the scoreboard going; Mr Allison tells me that instead of just playing one game we'll play an entire match and Varsity will just have to wait; and off we go!
So I'm playing two Varsity Junior players, Rosalie K and Rachel S, and four Freshmen: Raquel J, Lily M, Jenna S and Morgan W, but when we look at who we've got, we've got two setters, two middle blockers, and two outside hitters, so we're good to go!
And the girls do absolutely fantastic together! They beat Eatonville 25-14, 25-20, and we cancel the third, non-deciding game, and we have well and truly finished the season at 7 wins, 6 losses in the Nisqually League, 8-7 overall with our two non-League matches, and we have won our last five matches of the 2003 season!
Great passing, great setting, great hitting, great serving...
...and I got it all on videotape!
Stats for the Freshmen/Varsity Junior Eatonville match:
Combined Freshmen-Varsity Junior -- W 2-0, 25-14, 25-20 Rosalie Kuerschner: 4 kills, 1 service ace Lily Marth: 3 kills, 2 aces Rachel Stendahl: 2 kills, 1 ace Raquel Jellison: 1 kill, 1 ace Morgan Wegner: 2 aces Jenna Shiosaki: 1 ace VJ points for: 50 VJ points against: 34
Pirate Varsity vs Eatonville, 11/05/03:
So after all the drama with Varsity Junior and the Freshmen out of the way, it was Varsity's turn.
And the Pirates handled Eatonville with no problem, to say the least...
First game: out in front 6-1, 8-2, 10-2, 11-3, 16-4, 19-7, 21-11, and that was it, game over, 25-11.
Game two: up 4-1, 9-2 on a kill by Lara, 11-4, 16-4 on a smashing weak side kill down the line by Morgan that brought the crowd to its feet, then we kinda fall asleep somehow to 19-10, then 22-11, 24-11 on a service ace by Lyssa, and game two on a kill by Lara at 25-11.
Game three: down 0-2, 2-5, 3-6, 5-7 on a kill by Malinda, tied at 7-7 on a kill by Lara, to 7-9, to 9-11 on a tip by Lyssa, tied at 12-12 with a Lara kill, up for the first time at 13-12 on a great stuff block by Malinda that brought the crowd to its feet again, 14-12 on a kill by Lara, 16-12, 18-12, 20-12 on another Lara kill, 22-16 on a service ace by Char, 23-16 Lara kill, 24-16 Eatonville hit out, and game and match at 25-16!
A great crowd on hand, being Senior's Night and our last home match, with signs and all that good stuff!
Stats for the Varsity Eatonville match:
Varsity W 3-0, 25-11, 25-11, 25-16 Lara Smith: 10 kills, 2 service aces Malinda Owens: 4 kills, 2 blocks Lyssa Nelson: 2 kills, 1 ace Jen Owens: 1 kill, 1 ace Char Skeffington: 1 ace Jennifer Smith: 1 kill Morgan Miller: 1 kill Varsity points for: 75 Varsity points against: 38
On to Districts!
Nov 04 2003
Pirate Varsity, and Freshmen-Varsity Junior sweep 6-6 Orting at home!
Pirate Freshmen and Varsity Junior vs Orting:
The real story here has got to be our Freshmen-Varsity Junior team, and the way they really came together for this match!
About 10:15 am Monday I received an email from our AD, saying that Eatonville had just dropped its Junior Varsity team (we were to play Eatonville Wednesday 11/05), and suddenly my Varsity Junior girls had, without knowing it, already played their last match of the year (against Steilacoom last Monday) and their season was all over.
So I decided we were going to have to split today's match against Orting (which was to be the Freshmen squad's last match) between both squads so that Varsity Junior would have at least one more chance to play.
So off I went down to school over lunch, and in the lunchroom I spoke with as many of the girls as I could find, which was most of them, and explained what had just happened.
And almost no one was happy with the situation: The Varsity Junior girls didn't have their volleyball stuff at school with them and suddenly everone was on their cell phones, trying to get spandex and kneepads and shoes brought to school somehow, and the poor Freshmen were suddenly having to share their last moment of glory with VJ, who "...get to play all those matches and we don't get to play any and it's not fair..."
But I explained what the options were to everyone, and smoothed all the ruffled feathers, and left school with everyone only mildly upset with me! When I came back to school that afternoon before the match, they had all talked it out and everyone without exception had pulled together as a team, and we were all pretty much OK with what was happening. Or so we thought...
And then Orting shows up and announces that they didn't have enough girls to play!
Ack! Grr! Just when I thought we had this all figured out!
So we met together as a team, and decided to loan Orting two players (Chloe and Chantal) for the first game, and one player (Justine) for the second and third, and it's Play On!
And despite loaning Orting some of our better players (and Chloe and Chantal and Justine played really well for Orting) we beat 'em anyway!
The Freshmen played games 1 and 2, and split with Orting 25-19, 23-25, so they almost won both games. Varsity Junior played the third game and won handily 15-8!
Stats for the Freshmen/Varsity Junior Orting match:
Varsity Junior -- W 2-1, Freshmen 25-19, 23-25, VJ 15-8 Freshmen, 2 games: Sarah Stover: 6 service aces Rose Pierce: 2 kills, 4 aces Morgan Wegner: 3 aces Jenna Shiosaki: 1 kill, 1 ace Marya Purrington: 2 aces Lily Marth: 1 ace Varsity Junior, 1 game: Rosalie Kuerschner: 2 kills, 1 service ace Mariana Rodrigues: 2 aces Jennifer Osgood: 2 kills Chloe Melton: 1 kill
Pirate Varsity Junior finishes the 2003 season
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Varsity Junior Teammates of the Week:
11/09/03: My hat is off to:
All the Freshmen and Varsity Junior players (and all the VHS guys) who turned out at Districts to cheer on their Varsity sisters all the way up to the bitter end of a heartbreaking loss.
You girls were the loudest cheering section in the Foster gym, and your signs were wonderful!
Thanks for being there to support Varsity! They knew you were there, and they appreciated you, even though they might not have said so!
11/04/03: My hat is off to:
All the Freshmen and Varsity Junior players (which is to say: all of them!) who really came together as a team in the face of the disappointing news about Eatonville's JV cancellation and my resulting decision to give Varsity Junior one more game, when the Freshmen were supposed to be scheduled to play all three games against Orting in our second-to-last home match!
I came into school over lunch on Monday, November 3 to tell everyone what had happened and basically no one was really happy with me, particularly the Freshmen, who were now losing one third of their last moment of glory (the Freshmen only got three matches this year..)
But by the time I came back to school to set up for the match, everyone had talked it out between themselves and they were all pretty much OK with it!
And to add to the day the fact that we won, beating Orting 2-1, Freshmen 25-19, 23-25, Varsity Junior 15-8!
09/16/03: My hat is off to:
All of the VJ players who pitched in and helped out at our first home match against Klahowya! We threw most of these girls right into the deep end of the pool, (particularly the score keepers) and they all pulled it off!
Raquel J, Chantal U, Rosalie K, Jennifer O, Justine E, Karaena M, Tiffani S
(I love Raquel and Jasmine: they are just non-stop, full speed ahead, 110% all the time! I love it!)
Remember: helping out at matches is one thing that really makes you part of the Pirate Volleyball family!
Good Job, and thank you every one!
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Who are we?
*Varsity Junior? What's that?
The Pirate Coaches:
Coach Dave sez...
Tuesday, August 26, 2003:
Well, Coach Dave, how is Pirate Varsity going to do this year?
Of course honestly, what other way is there?
When during the season?
Tough talk, Coach Dave...
Who's your strongest competition?
Why are we going to do well?
So you feel good about this year's team?
"Bottom line, I expect us to finish in front."
Thanks for your comments, Coach Dave. Any worries about firing up the other teams if they should read this?
Returning Varsity coach for the upcoming 2003 season is Dave Plypick, vote Nisqually League coach of the year in 2002, for the third time, by his peer coaches!
Dave is the former Varsity coach at Foster High School in Tukwilla. Dave did a fantastic job with the Pirates in the 2002 season, turning Pirate volleyball around from a losing record of 1 win, 12 losses in 2001, to 7 wins, 6 losses, and being one win away from going to the 2002 State 2A Volleyball Championships!
Coach John sez...
August 26, 2003:
OK: we've got our teams, let's get ready to rumble!
"Basically, I'm thinking of this team as more Varsity Junior than Junior Varsity. What that means is that, to the best of my ability to learn from Coach Dave, and to teach it to the VJ players, we're going to be running the same program as Varsity.
"We'll practice with the same drills, we'll run the same offense, we'll run the same defense, within the skill level of the players on VJ.
"At this moment (Tuesday night..) I don't expect to have a Freshman squad. If we get more girls turning out, we'll have to revisit that question, and make a team decision as to whether we split up, or continue as one (maybe too big..) team. We'll see...
"Like Varsity, I'll probably select a core group of starters for every match, and rotate in the other players. Unlike Varsity, the people starting on the bench will get to play, but it's not going to be a democracy where everyone gets equal playing time. Playing time depends on attitude, attendance, hustle, attitude, team spirit, and did I mention attitude? Not so much your skill, but your attitude toward your teammates and toward the team.
"My goal is to have all VJ players learn the Pirate offense and defensive systems, to have all players improve their individual skills, and to make it really, really difficult for Coach Dave to pick his Varsity team next year. I want to swamp him with highly qualified players, any one of whom could play Varsity for him.
"I want (no: I expect) us to win some matches this year. Heck, I expect us to win a lot of matches!
"I want us to have a lot of fun!
"The level of skill I'm seeing right now on VJ is pretty consistent from player to player, and I'm real pleased with the level of skill I see in everyone.
"And we haven't even gotten started yet!"
OK: it's official now, because I just got my letter from the Vashon School District:
I am very excited to announce that I'm (John Sage - FinchHaven is my web site) going to be Junior Varsity girl's volleyball coach at Vashon High School for the upcoming 2003 season!
I've been very active in girls' sports on the Island, two sports a year, since about 1994-1995. I've coached, co-coached, or assistant-coached basketball, softball, fastpitch, and volleyball.
I was very active in Pirate volleyball for four years, until my daughter Rosalie Anne graduated last spring with the class of 2003. Rosalie will be playing women's volleyball at Whitman College in Walla Walla, starting about August 20, 2003.
Now that Rosalie's moving on to college, I need to do something else to get my Pirate volleyball fix!
I am very excited about coaching JV volleyball. Of the 18 girls who attended the first 2003 Pirate volleyball camp, 10 will be sophomores in the coming 2003 season, and I am very excited about the high level of skill, enthusiasm, and involvement with the game of volleyball that those 10 girls showed at camp.
Add in 9th graders coming up from McMurray, and returning 2002 JV players who show up at tryouts/practice starting August 25, and I think we've got a *real* strong Junior Varsity team!