Yelm Volleyball Off to 5-1 Start After Beating Federal Way in Home Matchup

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/20/22

Entering their first home matchup of the season, the Yelm Tornados volleyball team entered the contest with a 4-1 record, defeating Rainier High School and three other teams during a non-conference …

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Yelm Volleyball Off to 5-1 Start After Beating Federal Way in Home Matchup

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Entering their first home matchup of the season, the Yelm Tornados volleyball team entered the contest with a 4-1 record, defeating Rainier High School and three other teams during a non-conference tournament.

On Sept. 13, Yelm faced Federal Way, who sported a record of 0-1 prior to the contest. The Tornados walked away with a 3-1 win.

The first set saw Federal Way start off red hot, jumping out to big leads. Nothing seemed to go the Tornados’ way until around halfway through the first set when Yelm rallied to nearly even the score. Despite the effort, Federal Way won the first set 25-23.

Following the loss of the first set, the remainder of the game went to the Tornados, as the ladies won three consecutive sets to close the game out.

“Getting better in each game is our goal this season,” Yelm’s head coach Molly O’Hagan said. “Although I believe we could have started our match better, it’s incredibly encouraging to see the team make adjustments and improve throughout the game.”



Going into the season, O’Hagan said the team was relatively young and needed new leadership to emerge after several senior leaders left. Now early into the season, she believes there’s multiple girls that have done a nice job stepping into those roles.

“Annika Klein has done an impressive job stepping into the libero position this year. Junior Ayla Ackerman has also stepped up and delivered as a setter,” O’Hagan said. “Junior Samantha Burian and sophomore Layah Hicks have both been improving and working hard as our outside hitters, never stepping off of the court.”

Following their matchup with Federal Way, the Tornados entered South Sound Conference play. They had another home matchup, this time against Gig Harbor, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, followed by a road matchup at Timberline on Thursday, Sept. 22.

As Yelm enters league play, O’Hagan said the team’s goal is to focus on developing solid team cohesion throughout the year. She also wants the team to improve in every matchup they have this year.

“My hope is for us to step out on the court able to compete with every team we play against,” O’Hagan said.

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