All-leaguers back for Glacier Peak | Volleyball

By David Pan | Oct 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak's Sarah Habib and Sydney Peterson go up for a block against Mariner.

A pair of all-league standouts lead a veteran Glacier Peak volleyball that should be a strong contender in the Wesco 4A.

The Grizzlies bring back eight seniors, including outside hitter Natalie AhYat and middle blocker Sydney Peterson.

“They’re playing pretty darn well,” second-year Glacier Peak coach Dave Thorn said. “With eight juniors, we have a good mix of returners and new players.”

The Grizzlies dropped their opening league match to Kamiak but then have won four of their next six matches to settle into third place in the league. Glacier Peak (4-3 in the league and overall) beat Jackson, Cascade, Mount Vernon and Mariner.

Thorn has liked the way Ah Yat and Peterson are helping to guide the younger Grizzlies.

“We’re looking to them for leadership,” he said. “They’re really stepping up and taking ownership of the team.”

Senior Claire Johnson is starting at setter and she also is an offensive threat on the right side.

“She’s doing very well,” Thorn said. “I’m impressed with how she’s stepped into the new role.”

Junior Kate Hansen and senior Ashley Cordero are playing at libero. The Glacier Peak offense should be strong with a number of options. AhYat, Peterson, Johnson, junior Emma Gluth, senior Carlee Bond all are strong hitters, Thorn said.

“We try to spread the ball out,” he added. “We don’t want to be too predictable. … Moving the ball around always has been an important thing to me.”

Thorn noted that Grizzlies also a solid blocking team. In the loss to the Knights, Glacier Peak faltered with its serve/receive and defense.

“I think we can get better and better every single match,” Thorn said.

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