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October 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The Right Stuff Volleyball Blog: Federal Way on the rise

The win was a long time coming.
But there could be many more on the horizon for the young Federal Way volleyball team.

The Eagles have struggled season after season, but I’d been noticing some steady improvement in their match scores this fall.

They took two sets each off Kent-Meridian and Mount Rainier, for instance, one from Kentridge, which leads the SPSL 4A North at 5-0.

And finally, Tuesday night, the Eagles broke through for their first league win of the season, 3-0 against Jefferson.

It was their first SPSL victory since 2010, when coach Donja Walker took over the program.

She doesn’t expect it to be their last.

When asked to address the improvements the Eagles have made, Walker said this:

“It has been an exciting journey to see the improvement in the program during my five years here. This pasta two summers, the girls have shown much dedication. We had more practices in the summer and our attendance was high.

“We also changed our conditioning to compensate for our lack of height. But mostly, the girls are playing with a lot more confidence, a tenacious attitude, and have drastically reduced our errors. They’re making a lot of plays just on hustle alone.

“They are very proud of their dominant win against TJ (Tuesday), but they are not content with coming away this season with just one league win. Their goal is to get to the SPSL tournament. We are a young team and I am excited to see what we are going to accomplish over the next couple of years.”

Libero Aisia Cendrowski is the lone senior starter and one of only two seniors on the team. The regular lineup includes four juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. Tupu Lologo, the frosh, had 10 kills and 12 digs in Tuesday’s match. Junior setter Fernanda Carmona finished with 21 assists.

Seven of the 10 North Division teams advance to the revamped SPSL tournament, set for Oct. 30-Nov. 1, along with the top five finishers out of the South. At 1-4, Federal Way sits eighth, one game behind Kentlake (2-3), and those two teams play next Tuesday with big ramifications. The Eagles face Decatur (0-5) tonight (Thursday).

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