Volleyball primer: Timberline, Vallivue, Rocky early 5A favorites; Skyview maintains tradition in 4A SIC

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 7, 2013 

5A SOUTHERN IDAHO CONFERENCE

2012 state champion: Lewiston

2012 District Three champion: Vallivue

Teams to watch

• Boise advanced to state last season and returns a strong core of six lettermen poised to make another run.

• Eagle missed the postseason last year for the first time in a long time, but the Mustangs are eager to fight their way back with the help of five returning starters.

• Rocky Mountain has advanced to state every year since 2008 and finished second in league last season. Three starters are back.

• Timberline established itself as one of the teams to beat after knocking off Vallivue in three games Tuesday, but lost to Rocky on Thursday. The Wolves return their entire starting lineup — all of whom are seniors — headlined by setter Sarah Barker, who accounted for 802 assists last season.

• Vallivue has three starters back from last year’s district title team, including reigning 5A SIC player of the year Maddi Osburn, a senior outside hitter.

Players to watch

• Boise senior outside Michelle Hembree, junior middle Kate Tsourmas, junior setter Brooke Kenney and senior defensive specialist Sally Broglia

• Borah senior outside Mackenzie Bilger, sophomore outside Michal Bilger and senior middle Hayley Morse

• Capital senior outside Cece Harris, senior outside Montana Love, senior libero Margaret Boggan and senior libero Kendall Jones

• Centennial junior outside Mackenzie Keating, sophomore setter Megan Nelson and freshman middle Allison O’Harra

• Eagle junior middle Mali Sawyer, senior libero Nikaya Johnson and junior rightside Allison Tiegs

• Meridian senior rightside/middle Liz Raphael, senior setter Mckenzie Thomas and senior middle Ashley Brandau

• Mountain View senior libero Megan Cosdon, senior libero Shayla Allen and junior outside Amalia Negrette

• Rocky Mountain senior middle Katie Elgan, junior outside Erin Todd and senior libero Corinne Prindle

• Timberline senior outside/opposite Carson Mondada, senior outside/opposite Kaite Johnson, senior outside Tara Hall, senior middle/outside Amanda Sollars, senior middle/outside Madisen Phipps and senior libero Jerica Schlachter

• Vallivue senior libero Kilee Lopez and junior setter Bailey Irwin

Top games to watch

• Eagle at Boise, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 17; Rocky Mountain at Vallivue, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 19; Timberline at Vallivue, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 8; Rocky Mountain at Timberline, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 10.

4A SIC

2012 state champion: Century

2012 District Three champion: Skyview

Teams to watch

• Bishop Kelly returns five starters — including its team leader in kills (senior outside Rachel Greiner) and digs (junior libero Jenna Miranda) — from last year’s state-qualifying team.

• Caldwell lost all but three players from last season, but is proving to be scrappy on defense in combination with a pair of hard-hitting outsides.

• Kuna coach Deb Bradburn hopes to have a young but talented squad back in the postseason mix with the guidance of three returning starters.

• Middleton returns just two starters, but the Vikings have a strong group of sophomores ready to step into starting roles.

• Skyview has won seven of the past nine district titles, and welcomes back seven seniors who contributed to last season’s third-place finish at state.

Players to watch

• Bishop Kelly junior rightside Molly Adcox, junior setter Emily Twohig and senior defensive specialist Kourtney Schaffner

• Caldwell senior outside Lindsey Jackson, senior setter Michelle Rios and senior libero Natasha Lee

• Columbia junior middle Allison Romero, sophomore outside Gonya Lado and sophomore middle Maddie Loar

• Emmett senior setter Sarah Adkinson, senior outside Iva Hamilton and freshman Mahra McLeod

• Kuna senior opposite Alexxis Berry, sophomore setter Nikole Cook and sophomore libero Rebekah Farris

• Middleton senior middle D’Rae Tullock and senior middle Tess Willis

• Mountain Home junior setter Ksyenya Peterson, senior outside Selena Foster, senior libero Dakota Dean and senior outside Jacci Cristobal

• Nampa senior libero Kira Hibbard and junior rightside/outside Tatum Benjamin

• Skyview senior setter Hailey Cook, senior libero Lily Austin, senior middle Emily Nay, senior outside Nikki Davidson and senior opposite Isabelle Statkus

Top games to watch

• Bishop Kelly at Skyview, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday; Middleton at Kuna, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 24; Skyview at Bishop Kelly, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 8; Caldwell at Middleton, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 10.

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