Forget about the district tournament, the Jackson Timberwolves are focused on bigger things.
“We are working on service, and serve-receiving to get us ready for state,” Jackson coach Ashley Allen said.
With the Timberwolves final two regular-season home games upon them, and a district berth already assured, Jackson is just those two victories away from a WesCo South division title, as well.
First up is Kamiak, a team Jackson already has beaten, followed by the only squad that has beaten the Timberwolves in the division this season – Edmonds-Woodway.
There were extenuating circumstances surrounding that loss, however.
“We were without five of our players, three of them starters,” Allen said.
To look at the Timberwolves starting lineup even with those players back belies who they are. Most times, Allen starts four sophomores, a freshman and just a single senior.
“You look at the court, and we seem very inexperienced,” Allen said. “But their years of experience (playing club ball) his huge.”
Take outside hitters Emmy Allen (the coach’s sister) and Miah Diirell. Both have been playing the game competitively since the fourth grade.
“That means they have almost as much court time as I do,” Allen said. “At a different level, yes. But the number of matches they have played in club ball is amazing.”
But it also is that experience that has the Timberwolves looking ahead a bit, and expecting big things for November.