Volleyball groups in Snohomish County began a five-week dash this week as gamers took the courtroom for competitors for the primary time in over 15 months because of the results of the coronavirus pandemic.
The shortened marketing campaign received’t embrace a postseason, and schedules have been designed to restrict journey and create aggressive matchups.
Right here’s some groups, gamers and video games to look at all through the season:
Groups to look at
Lake Stevens: The Vikings are coming off a program-best second-place end on the Class 4A state event the place they fell 3-1 in a tightly contested title match towards Tahoma. Lake Stevens graduated just one senior from that staff and has received 4 straight Wesco 4A titles. The Vikings will look to proceed their success with out star Samaya Morin, The Herald’s 2019 Volleyball Participant of the 12 months. The Grand Canyon College signee has opted out of enjoying this season. 4 all-league performers return for Lake Stevens.
Arlington: The Eagles earned a program-best sixth-place end on the 3A state event a season in the past after working by Wesco 3A/2A play with an ideal 14-0 mark. Arlington graduated simply three gamers from final season’s staff and returns a pair of first-team all-league picks. The Eagles enter this season with a brand new coach, Lauren Amundson, after the departure of The Herald’s All-Space Coach of the 12 months, Whitney Williams.
Jackson: The Timberwolves boast an skilled roster that options eight seniors and a pair of returning all-league gamers. Jackson, which completed second in Wesco 4A, fell one win shy of a state-tournament berth final season after dropping a five-set match towards Eastlake within the 4A Wes-King Bi-District event.
Snohomish: The Panthers made their third straight state event look final season after ending second in Wesco 3A/2A and making a run to the 3A Northwest District title match. Snohomish graduated simply two seniors final 12 months and is led by a pair of all-league returners.
Stanwood: The Spartans failed to succeed in the 10-win mark for the primary time since 2014 final season whereas that includes a sophomore-heavy roster. With various gamers returning this 12 months with varsity expertise, Stanwood is a robust candidate to re-emerge as one the realm’s high groups.
Gamers to look at
Sarah Campfield, sr., MB, Snohomish: Campfield posted 2.3 kills, 1.2 blocks and .5 digs per set as a key piece of a Panthers staff that made it to the quarterfinals of the 3A state event. She was a second-team All-Space choice and made the All-Wesco 3A/2A second staff.
Michelle Quick, sr., S, Lake Stevens: Quick dished out 7.9 assists per body and added 2.0 digs per set whereas serving to the Vikings to a program-best second-place end on the 4A state event. She was a first-team All-Space choice and earned first-team All-Wesco 4A honors.
Erin Ingram, sr, OH, Jackson: Ingram delivered 2.8 kills per set whereas serving to the Timberwolves end second in Wesco 4A final season. Her efforts earned her a first-team All-Wesco 4A choice.
Maggie McGinness, sr., S, Edmonds-Woodway: McGinness averaged 7.3 assists, 1.4 digs and 0.4 aces per set for a Warriors squad that notched 13 wins final season. She was a second-team All-Wesco 3A/2A choice.
Emily Mekelberg, jr., OH, Arlington: Mekelberg returns after enjoying an integral function within the Eagles’ program-best sixth-place end on the 3A state event. She was a first-team All-Wesco 3A/2A choice. Her 12 kills led Arlington in a three-set victory over Marysville Getchell to open the season.
Meg Perry, sr., RS, Glacier Peak: Perry averaged 8.0 kills per match on a .212 hitting share and added 1.4 blocks per sport as a junior. She was second-team All-Wesco 4A choice.
Tatum Smith, sr., OH, Lake Stevens: Smith posted 2.8 digs, 2.0 kills and 0.4 aces per body as a member of the Vikings final season. The Concordia College signee was a second-team All-Wesco 4A choice.
Surina Soumpholphakdy, sr., DS/L, Lynnwood: Soumpholphakdy supplied the Royals with stellar protection as a junior whereas averaging 7.6 digs per set. She was a first-team All-Space choice and garnered first-team All-Wesco 3A/2A honors.
Karli Tri, sr., MB, Lake Stevens: Tri posted 1.8 kills and 0.6 blocks per set as part of a Vikings squad that fell simply quick a 4A state title final season. The Western Washington College signee was a first-team All-Space choose and a member of the All-Wesco 4A first staff.
MacKenzie Whyte, sr., OH, Snohomish: Whyte delivered 4.4 kills per set with a .320 hitting share and added 4.7 digs and 1.1 aces per body whereas incomes first-team All-Space honors as a junior. She helped Snohomish to its third straight 3A state event look and earned first-team All-Wesco 3A/2A honors.
Video games to look at
Stanwood at Arlington, March 15, 7 p.m.
The Stilly Cup rivalry match could have an added twist this 12 months as each groups are coached by sisters who starred for the Spartans earlier than happening to profitable school careers. Megan Amundson, head coach at Stanwood, will face off along with her older sister, Lauren, who joins Arlington this season after teaching on the school degree for a number of years. The Eagles have received the previous two matchups on this sequence.
Jackson at Lake Stevens, March 17, 7 p.m.
The Timberwolves have been the one Wesco 4A squad that was capable of topple the eventual state runner-up final season, handing the Vikings a 3-1 loss to separate the season sequence. Each colleges entered this season with skilled, senior-heavy groups.
Lynnwood at Edmonds-Woodway, March 24, 7 p.m.
These Edmonds Faculty District foes meet in a match of the college district’s high returning squads. The senior-heavy Royals could have an opportunity to avenge a loss to the Warriors within the 3A Northwest District event that ended their season.
Lake Stevens at Arlington, March 29, 7 p.m.
The defending Wesco 4A and Wesco 3A/2A champions meet in a season-finale matchup that would finally show which native staff is the perfect within the space. Each squads return various proficient gamers from groups that delivered record-setting performances in 2019.
Glacier Peak at Snohomish, March 29, 7 p.m.
This sport marks the primary time that these Snohomish Faculty District rivals will meet on the volleyball courtroom since 2013. It’s a becoming season finale with city bragging rights on the road.