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South Kitsap loaded with club talent

"In the past Mary Pugh would be lucky to coach more than one volleyball player who plays club ball.Finally the South Kitsap High School girls volleyball coach will have the luxury of having five club players.Now Pugh would just like to have some depth to go along with her experienced players. Though seven players are lost to graduation, the Wolves return some key players to the district-qualifying team from a year ago.Leading the pack this year is senior Rachelle Cooper, a first-team all-Narrows League selection last year.The powerful outside hitter will be looked upon to do the bulk of the scoring, along with junior middle blocker Katie Ralph and senior middle blocker AshleyFoster.The setting chores are secure with the return of junior setter Erin Olsen and her younger sister Stephanie, who is a freshman.The Olsen sisters, Cooper, and Ralph are club volleyball players, along with junior Missy Quam who will contribute in the back row and can set as well.Junior Rebekah Proctor also has experience as a setter and will be relied upon in the back row.Also contributing on the squad are juniors Andrea Edwards and Olivia Bui.Pugh said she normally carries 12 players, but right now wants to carry 10. She will add two junior varsity players for tournaments.Though the team isn't as deep as recent years, Pugh said the Wolves should do well because they are everyone seems to be getting along.Chemistry is the big thing, she said. I think we still need to figure it out. I think the kids seem to be willing to work together. Sometimes girls' feelingsget hurt and toes get stepped on but I don't see that this year (compared to last year).Pugh said this team has the tools to go far but only if they're willing to work together and work as a team and be loyal to each other and the program.SK plays in a tough Narrows League with challenges coming from Gig Harbor, Bellarmine, Capital, and Olympia.But Pugh said she expects her team to be in contention for the top spots.I think we're going to be in the top of our league, Pugh said. Not necessarily number one but the girls individually have talked about getting to state.Pugh said the team is due after falling short at districts the last two years.Yeah, it's time to get past that one for sure.2000 ScheduleSept. 6 at Spanaway Lake 7:15 p.m.Sept. 7 Life Christian 6 p.m.Sept. 9 Jamboree (at Fife) 9 a.m.Sept. 11 Central Kitsap 5 p.m.Sept. 12 Federal Way 5:30 p.m.Sept. 16 Eisenhower Tournament (Yakima) 9 a.m. Sept. 19 Foss 5 p.m. Sept. 21 Gig Harbor 5 p.m.Sept. 26 Lincoln 5 p.m.Oct. 2 Olympia 5 p.m.Oct. 4 at Capital 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Mount Tahoma (Lincoln Bowl) 4:30 p.m.Oct. 16 Wilson 5 p.m.Oct. 18 at Peninsula 4:30 p.m.Oct. 21 Fife Tournament 9 a.m.Oct. 24 at Bellarmine 4:30 p.m.Oct. 28 Narrows League Tournament (at Bellarmine) TBA Nov.3-4 West Central Districts (at Bethel) TBANov.10-11 State Playoffs (Spokane) TBA "

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