Success was rampant among local volleyball teams again this fall, and we highlight 15 of the top players in the city – in alphabetical order – and give a brief overview of their accomplishments.
Margaux Arntson – SR – Annie Wright
One of two 6-foot-or-taller left-handed imposing middle hitters for the Gators, Arntson smashed 37 kills in the four matches at the state meet. She has committed to play at Division III Claremont McKenna next fall.
Natalie Jensen – JR – Bellarmine Prep
Jensen stepped up nicely as the team’s setter, totaling 969 assists for an average of 10 per set. Jensen played in every set this season and was well-rounded, adding 53 aces and a team-high serve percentage of 94.5.
Leaa Jones – FR – Lincoln
Jones burst onto the scene to lead the Abes’ defense, as the libero had incredible range and reactions. She tallied 179 digs on the season – an average of 14.6 per match – and added 31 aces and a serve percentage of 96.
Lyric Jones – SR – Lincoln
The go-to hitter for the Abes’ offense again this fall, Jones averaged nine kills per match, many coming in clutch situations. Her leadership and positive attitude was infectious, and she contributed 8.8 digs per match.
Claire Martin – JR – Bellarmine Prep
The 6-foot-4 middle blocker stepped up when it mattered most, helping lead a dominant effort up front at the state tournament. Her great timing and anticipation led to 102 blocks on the season, and she added 124 kills.
Johnnise Moore – SR – Life Christian
The Nisqually 1A most valuable player did it all, averaging 16 kills and eight digs per match. Her dominance at the net and imposing height led to 3.2 blocks per match, but more impressive was her overall court awareness and versatility.
McKenna Neufeld – SR – Tacoma Baptist
The senior setter and two-year captain guided the Crusaders’ attack to the tune of 543 assists, or nearly 32 per match. But she was also a catalyst at the serving stripe, putting 93 percent of her 342 serves in play and collecting a team-high 50 aces.
Carly Normandeau – SR – Life Christian
The senior captain was a model of leadership and versatility for the Eagles, tallying 31 assists and nine digs per match. But her dominant serving was equally important, as she had a serve percentage of 95 and tallied 3.7 aces per match.
Reghan Pukis – JR – Bellarmine Prep
The enthusiastic outside hitter provided another dominant player for teams to account for, finishing second on the team with 274 kills and 62 aces on the season. She is primed to be the all-around leader next season, as she added 211 digs on the year.
Courtney Schwan – SR – Bellarmine Prep
What more needs to be said about the two-time Narrows 4A MVP. She hits the ball hard. The University of Washington commit averaged five kills per set – 498 total on the year – while adding 284 digs and a team-high 89 aces.
Savana Smith – SR – Wilson
Smith was a model of versatility this season for the Rams, and often came up with momentum-changing kills. She could do it all, finishing the season as the team leader in kills, aces and pass percentage and was second in digs.
Tori Smith – SR – Annie Wright
Smith is the second half of the Gators’ dominant left-handed duo, as her efforts earned her the opportunity to play at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania next year. She smashed 55 kills in the four matches at state, while turning around to add 58 digs and six blocks.
Natalie Snyder – SR – Tacoma Baptist
The SeaTac 2B most valuable player was the Crusaders’ main offensive threat, tallying 260 kills for an average of over 15 per match. She added two aces per match, and led her squad to the state tournament for the first time in 15 years.
Asalei Sokimi – JR – Mount Tahoma
The outside hitter was a difference maker in leading the Thunderbirds to their first district playoff appearance since 1989. She averaged nine kills per match, added a serve percentage of 91 and contributed greatly on the defensive end.
Julia Wright – SR – Bellarmine Prep
The unsung hero for the Lions, Wright did the dirty work at libero, putting up 397 digs for an average of over 11 per match. She had a knack for the diving save, and also had a team-high 504 serves received, with just 21 errors on the year.