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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

August 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Jackson volleyball team ranked No. 56 nationally

Jackson of Mill Creek, the defending Class 4A state volleyball champion, is getting some early national exposure.

The Timberwolves head into the season ranked No. 56 by PrepVolleyball.com.

Here is what publisher John Tawa had to say about them:

“Jackson was the youngest team in the state when it won Class 4A a year ago, completing a 29-3 campaign. This year’s Timberwolves will be young again, led by a trio of juniors, and are expected to repeat as champs. Outside hitters Emmy Allen and Miah Diirell and 6-0 setter Haley MacDonald will lead Jackson in 2011. Allen and Diirell are both supreme terminators, while MacDonald was a First Team All Area setter in 2010 who amassed 745 assists. Head coach Ashley Allen said that sophomore middle Payton Lockname, who started last year, and 6-2 sophomore Hannah Hicks, can be game changers for her squad. She called Hicks a “stellar athlete, with huge potential in this game.” Given how much talent is back, many in the Evergreen State want to concede the crown to Jackson before the season starts. Coach Allen cautions that her team will need to replace four-year starting libero Malisa Marasigan and do-everything all stater Leigh-Ann Haataja, who have graduated, in order to fulfull those high expectations.”

Tawa has yet to unveil his top-20 (currently publishing Nos. 21-100, along with 10 that “just missed”). Jackson is the only Washington team on the list thus far, and I don’t see that changing. You can go to PrepVolleyball.com for the rankings posted to date. Membership is $29.95, and well worth it if you are an avid high-school volleyball fan.

Volleyball turnouts across the state begin on Monday. I will be posting The Seattle Times’ top-10 rankings in Class 4A and 3A in early September, and I also will be writing an extensive state preview for PrepVolleyball.com in the near future.

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