Bothell’s Ashley Baron nears the net during the Mount Si match. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

Bothell’s Ashley Baron nears the net during the Mount Si match. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

Bothell volleyball set to compete at districts

Cougars take fifth at 4A KingCo tourney.

With a set of optimism and a spike of unity, the Bothell High volleyball keeps rolling through the postseason.

The Cougars gutted out a 3-2 victory over Mount Si at home on Oct. 30 to grip fifth place at the 4A KingCo tournament and they continue to reside on the court at the Wes-King district tourney that began on Saturday.

Bothell lost to Glacier Peak, 3-2, at districts and will take on Kamiak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a loser-out match at home.

Head coach Marlie Davis said her squad (7-13 overall) has succeeded despite facing some adversity this season in the form of injuries, sickness and a “vertically challenged” lineup with its tallest player, freshman Jenna Legault, standing at 5-foot-10.

“If you channel that properly, it can turn into positives,” Davis said. “I think we’ve done a really good job, making sure that we play to our strengths with our serving and our serve receive and our defense.”

Davis praised senior captains Tia Potts, Lizzy Shrum and Faith Brooks for keeping the Cougars on track. Senior Haley Gaw is an aggressive player and brings passion to the court and junior Alyssa Moran is crafty and can get her jump on.

Bothell has improved its game each day and the Cougars are staying united and developing good relationships, said Davis, whose squad beat Woodinville, 3-2, for its other win at the KingCo tourney.

Before the Mount Si match, Brooks and Potts said the team has come together as it pushes toward districts.

“Our record has gotten better and better so I think we’ve really been building up toward the end,” Brooks said. “It’s really exciting for all of us to be able to go into the Wes-King tournament. We’re feeling optimistic that we’re gonna be able to put our best out on the court and see what happens.”

Potts added that they’re “working hard at practice, believing that we could do it.”

On the all-league front, Potts is a second-teamer, and Brooks and Shrum are honorable mentions.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bothell-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bothell-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices

Before practice begins, parents must understand COVID-19 protective protocols

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

The Todd Beamer Titans football team in Federal Way during a 2019 summer practice. File photo
WIAA modifies prep sports calendar; football moved to spring

Washington’s high school athletics governing body announced its revised plans for the… Continue reading

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Hardwood Classic tips off after coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Olson and Andy Nystrom Basketball players took to the court… Continue reading

Inglemoor’s Laird shines at state swim meet

Viking takes sixth in two events.