Volleyball taking rough start to season in stride


Kassie Villars

Junior Lauren Jones celebrates during a game against Nathan Hale earlier this season.

Jamilette Ruiz, Staff reporter

The volleyball team has been putting in extra effort both on and off the court. The team has struggled this season, coming close to winning several matches, but always falling short in the end. Co-coach Rebecca Williams believes that this year has been a more successful year thus far. She has seen the improvement in both the Varsity and JV teams.

“They still have a lot of work to do,” she said.

Williams shares coaching duties with Ave Seni, who was named Metro League Volleyball Coach of the Year last fall. The coaches are frustrated that the team missed opportunities to win close matches this season.

The Varsity team has 10 players and two new players – sisters from Las Vegas. Senior Emi Atanoa and sophomore Lepagatele (Jurni) Atanoa recently moved to Seattle and are strong players for Varsity. Williams is happy to have them both on the team. “It was the right thing for their immediate family,” she said.

Not knowing much about volleyball, the JV squad has been striving to do better each game. The team has shown determination, spending time after each practice to go over what they did well and what needs to be worked on.

“The JV team has improved so much,” said Williams.