Friday, November 30, 2007

More Details on Ellis

Coach reports that she is still alive and that she is having email problems. We will have pictures on the website tomorrow.

Ellis Adam Behrens
Nov. 27th 2007, 9:54am
7 pounds 4 oz.
20 inches

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Kozy Named 2nd Team All-Area

Junior Outside Hitter Melissa Kozy was named to the 2nd Team All-Area Team by the Tacoma News Tribune.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ellis Is Here

Coach Behrens had her baby, Ellis Adam Behrens, last night. Mother and son are doing well. Details to follow.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Kentlake Players to Play Club Volleyball

The following Kentlake players have committed to play on various local Junior Olympic Volleyball Clubs. Please let us know about those we missed.


Kathy Taylor - KJ 18 Baden


Kellcee Merritt - KJ 17 Baden
Melissa Kozy - Saturday Warriors 18 Total Control
Sarah Ralph - Saturday Warriors 18 Total Control
Mackenzie Kyle - Sudden Impact 17 Storm
Holly Marx - Sudden Impact 17 Storm


Aryn McCarthy - KJ 16 Baden
McKenna Herron - KJ 16 Baden
Kacey Kretzler - Saturday Warriors 16 Fire
Jessica Roundy - Saturday Warriors 16 Fire
Ginnie Weiss - Puget Sound 16 Silver
Christi Blanton - NW Juniors U16 Inferno
Maggie Howe - Northwest Juniors 16 Storm


Paeton Bartholomew - KJ 15 Baden
Rebecca Kozy - Saturday Warriors U 15 Crush
Hannah Borgen - Saturday Warriors U 15 In8Power
Alli Gladwell - Sports for Youth 15

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ellis Is Coming Early - Banquet Cancelled

From Coach Behrens:

Dear parents/players/coaches,

I have some unexpected news regarding my pregnancy. I may be getting induced tomorrow, Thurs. 22nd because of stress-induced high blood-pressure. We had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and my blood pressure was high; we ended up going home that night and calling the doctor because I was having headaches and blurred vision; my doctor advised us to come back to the birth center. We were given the option to induce that night, but my blood pressure went back down and Dan and I thought it was too “sudden”. Dan and I will go in tomorrow morning to get checked in and probably given the option of induction.

I am really sorry for the last minute change of plans; my idea is to give varsity players everything I originally was going to give them (plaques, gifts, etc.) and later maybe doing a “get together”. As for the younger teams, they will have to understand; they will get their stuff too.

Thank you for all your support this year; I know that at times it’s been difficult and cancelling the banquet only adds to it, but we had a great season and I am very proud to have coached these kids. They are outstanding student-athletes; and have surpassed all expectations!

Please, please let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to call or email us any time. I will definitely be emailing to keep you updated.

Coach Thorsness is going to talk to Coach Behrens and decide what to do about the other three teams, so just hang in there a little bit on that, but the Varsity portion of the banquet is definitely postponed. We will post the team awards, etc when they are announced.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Free Admission to UW-OSU Game

Anyone interested in attending the UW-OSU volleyball Wednesday night game can get a free General Admission ticket in exchange for donation of a canned food item. Just bring your canned food item(s) with you to the game. This is the next to last regular season contest. Friday night is Senior Night against Oregon. Both matches start at 7pm at Hec Ed (Bank of America Arena)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Final Stat Leaders

The leaders for the year in the major statistical categories:
Kills:Melissa Kozy
Amelia Hilsen
Attempts:Melissa Kozy
Amelia Hilsen
Attack Percentage:Kathy Taylor
Maggie Henley
Assists:Britanny Jamison
Holly Marx
Aces:Melissa Kozy
Amelia Hilsen
Serves:Melissa Kozy
Amelia Hilsen
Digs:Jenifer Barber
Melissa Kozy
Solo Blocks:Kathy Taylor
Maggie Henley
Assist Blocks:Kathy Taylor
Maggie Henley
* means school record.

Note: These figures are based on preliminary numbers. The final statistics may vary slightly.

Good Luck and Congratulations for Tryouts

Good luck to those players still doing Club volleyball tryouts and congratulations to those that have made a club team. We will post the names starting Friday of those confirmed on teams. Please let us know if you know a Kentlake player that has made one of the local Club teams.

Week's Best Preps: Kathy Taylor

From the November 17 Kent Reporter (no online version available)

Kathy Taylor

Grade: Senior
Sport: Volleyball
Accomplishments: Taylor had 16 kills and seven blocks combined in state tournament matches against Woodinville and Shadle Park last Saturday. The Falcons put together a three game sweep of Woodinville, but then were bumped out of the tournament by Shadle Park in four games.
Favorite class: French
If you could be any action hero - Batman, Wonder Woman, etc - whom would you be, and why? I would be Superman becuase he can fly - and his cape is extra cool.
Also noted: Taylor has a 3.94 grade-point average. She plays club volleyball and plans to play college volleyball beginning next year.

Banquet on 28th

The Kentlake Volleyball banquet will be at 6pm, Wednesday, November 28th at Kentlake in the commons. We realize there may be conflicts (for instance, KJVBC is holding their meeting that evening) but dates are few before Ellis makes his appearance and coach has other things to think about.

Kozy Gets Two

Melissa Kozy claimed two Kentlake school records at State. She finished with 328 kills on the year (20 more than the old record) and 1030 attempts on the year (more than 100 more than the old record). Considering how much the ball was distributed around this year, with two players (Amelia Hilsen at 234 and Kathy Taylor at 203) over 200 kills, another (Maggie Henley at 158) over 150 and yet another (Sarah Ralph at 136) over 100, it was certainly remarkable for Kozy to get the record.

Kentlake Finishes 9th at State

I know everyone has figured this out by now, but Kentlake finished 1-2 at State, finishing with their best result in five years. The three teams Kentlake faced were a combined 41-1 on the season, with the only loss in the group to now five time champion Mead.


The first round opponent was Skyview from the Greater St. Helens league. Skyview was undefeated in league and got a bye to State for winning their league tournament. Kentlake pushed Skyview to five games for the first time all year and had chances to win the match before falling in five.

Kentlake lost the first game 16-25, but came back to win game two 25-23. Skyview then put together one of their best games of the year, combined with probably Kentlake's worst game of the year, to blow out the Falcons 10-25.

However, Kentlake did not let that get them down and responded with a great game to win 25-23. Skyview then pulled out game five, 15-12 to advance.

The Falcons were led by Melissa Kozy's 15 kills and Amelia Hilsen's 13 kills. Meggie Henley had 5 blocks.


Woodinville was undefeated in league, played Kentwood well in the first round, and featured probably the top libero in the state in WSU-bound Betsy Devitch. So, of course, Kentlake swept them off the court.

The first two games were all Kentlake with fairly easy wins at 25-18 and 25-16. Game three was much closer with Kentlake taking the 26-24 victory.

Kentlake was led by Amelia Hilsen and Melissa Kozy, each with 7 kills, and Kathy Taylor with six kills and a season high 9 blocks (4 solo). Melissa Kozy and Sarah Ralph had 4 blocks each (each with 2 solo and 2 assist blocks) and Britanny Jamison had 24 assists.

Shadle Park

Kentlake faced Shadle Park for the right to advance to the 5th/8th contest. Kentlake took game one, 25-23, behind the five kills each of Amelia Hilsen and Melissa Kozy and the solid blocking of the entire team. Unfortunately, the Falcons were unable to maintain their momentum and Shadle Park, led by their #15, took control of the match. Shadle Park won the last three games, 16-25, 16-25, 20-25. Shadle Park went on to sweep Monroe for 5th place.

Kentlake was paced by Melissa Kozy with 12 kills and three blocks, Kathy Taylor with 9 kills and 4 blocks and Amelia Hilsen with 9 kills. Britanny Jamison had 27 assists and Holly Marx had 10 assists.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ride The Bus to Kennewick

There will be a Player/Parent/Fan bus to the State Tournament in Kennewick. It will depart Kentlake about 12:30pm on Thursday and will return some time Saturday, depending on how the team does. Cost is $25/person. Tough to beat that. Contact Coach Behrens ASAP if you are interested.

Monday, November 5, 2007

State T-Shirts Available

State T-Shirts are available for order from Coach Behrens. You need to order them TODAY from her and they must be paid for in advance with the ASB treasurer. The cost is $10/shirt.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pictures on Kent Valley Sports

Pictures from yesterday's match against Olympia are now up on Kent Valley Sports. They were taken by "Officer Kevin".

State Brackets Released

The bracket for the State Tournament has been released. We play Skyview HS, the winner of the Greater St. Helen's League (Vancouver, WA area), at noon on Friday. If we win we will play the winner of the Kentwood/Woodinville match at 6:30pm on Friday. If we lose the first round we will face the loser of Kentwood/Woodinville at 9am on Saturday.

Skyview went undefeated in their league, but finished tied for 13th with Kentlake at the Crossover Classic (won their pool and then lost twice [to King's and Hanford] and then won [beating Bethel]). The number two team in their League (Heritage) lost the "winner to state/loser out" match at home to KingCo #3 Inglemoor.

Hannah Merritt Named "Defensive Player of the Week"

Former Kentlake VB co-captain and co-MVP Hannah Merritt was chosen the NWAACC West Region “Defensive Player of the Week”, for the week ending October 30th. Hannah is a Freshman at Green River CC.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Parents Should Have Kennewick Info

All Varsity parents should have received an email this afternoon detailing where we are staying and how to secure a room. If you have not received said email, please contact Tami Kyle or Scott Taylor ASAP for the information. We have a block of 20 rooms, six for the team and 14 for parents.

The draw for the bracket will be tomorrow, but regardless of how things go, due to having three classifications all together at one location (2A starts Thursday and ends on Friday, while 3A starts Friday morning and 4A starts Friday afternoon and both finish Saturday), we will be playing on both Friday and Saturday this year. The first round match will be at either noon or 1:30. If we win there will be a second round match at 6:30 or 8pm Friday evening. If we lose the first round match, the second round match will be 9am or 10:30am on Saturday.

Kentlake Sweeps To State

The Kentlake Falcons swept the Olympia Bears, 25-19, 27-25, 25-12, for the berth to the State Tournament in Kennewick. Game one was close until the mid teens and then Kentlake pulled away for the win.

Game two saw Olympia pull out to a 6-2 lead. Kentlake was making a comeback when the the referee decided to enforce the pickier aspects of the uniform regulations. Amelia Hilsen's spandex had a thin white line down the side, while everyone else except Jen Barber had solid black sides. It was OK for Jen's uniform to have a side stripe since the libero uniform does not have to match the rest of the team, but Amelia's was illegal. There was confusion about what to do, but Amelia left the gym and was quickly back wearing a borrowed set of spandex - and now all black. Kentlake was rattled for a couple of points, but soon fought back to tie 21-21 and the lead 23-21. The Bears would not go away, until Kentlake finally won 27-25.

Kentlake came out fired up for Game three and rocketed out to a 12-0 lead behind the serving of Senior Setter Brittany Jamison. The lead stayed about the same for the rest of the game until Olympia put it long for match point and the celebration began. All of the parents were very glad that the "on the edge of the seat nail biting" aspects of the game were severely lessened by the quick start.

Kentlake was paced by the 11 kills and 3 aces of Melissa Kozy. Amelia Hilsen added 7 kills and 1 ace, Sarah Ralph had 6 kills and 1 ace and Kathy Taylor had 5 kills, 1 ace and 3 blocks. Maggie Henley also had three blocks including two solo blocks. Jen Barber had 16 digs.

Kentlake Sweeps Bethel

For the second time in a week, Kentlake swept the Bethel Braves, 25-20, 25-25, 25-17, in West Central District action this morning at Kentwood. Kentlake featured a very balanced attack with both middles and both outsides with 9 or more kills. Junior OH Melissa Kozy had 12 kills and 2 aces, while Senior MB Kathy Taylor had 11 kills and 1 ace (for a .588 kill percentage). Senior OH Amelia Hilsen and Senior MB Maggie Henley each had 9 kills. Senior Setter Brittany Jamison had 40 assists and 3 kills. Defensively, Libero Jen Barber had 14 digs while Amelia Hilsen and Melissa Kozy had 7 and 8 digs respectively.

Kentlake will play the winner of the Wilson/Olympia match at 2pm. Wilson was up 2-1 after three games, but it was a very close match.

There was a good crowd for this mornings game, but it would be great to have a huge crowd for the "Winner to State" game this afternoon.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Kentlake Loses in Four to Kentwood

It was a hard fought match, but in the end Kentlake had to settle for "moral victories" in the match against Kentwood, losing in four, 19-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-25. Kentlake was led by the 11 kills of Melissa Kozy and the 8 kills and five aces of Amelia Hilsen. Brittany Jamison had 28 assists and 4 blocks. On defense, Jen Barber had 21 digs, Maggie Henley had 5 blocks. Kathy Taylor had 2 aces and 3 blocks. Sarah Ralph had 7 kills, 11 digs and 3 blocks.

Falcons Sweep Tide

Behind the 11 kills of Melissa Kozy, the 10 kills and 4 aces of Amelia Hilsen and the 9 kills (and .750 kills percentage) of Maggie Henley, the Kentlake Falcons swept the Gig Harbor Tides, 25-16, 25-19, 25-18.

Kentlake easily won game one, but fell behind early in game two 6-2. The kept it close, however, and finally pulled in the lead 18-17. They did not let up and pulled away for the win. Game three saw Kentlake pull out to a 19-12 lead and cruise in from there.

Defensively Kentlake was led by Jen Barber's 10 kills and Kathy Taylor's 4 blocks. However, the defensive gems were two solo blocks by Brittany Jamison including one of the prettiest sounding (and looking) blocks you will see. Brittany also had 33 assists in the match.

Kentlake next plays the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge winner at 5:15. Kentwood won the first game but it was all tied at 22 in the second game when the score was last reported.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

District Scanarios

You can find the bracket at

If we beat Gig Harbor we play the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge winner at 5:15 Friday. If we beat them we play at noon on Saturday and then either 2pm or 4pm (depending on whether we won [4pm for 1st/2nd] or lost [2pm for 3rd/6th]).

If we beat Gig Harbor but lose to Kentwood, we play at 10am Saturday. Win then and we play at 2:00 Saturday for a berth to State.

If we lose to Gig Harbor, we play the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge loser at 3:30 on Friday. Win that and then we would play at noon and, if we win, 2pm on Saturday for a berth to State. If you win your side of the loser's bracket there is a coin-flip to determine the 4th/5th seeds instead of playing it out.

So, lose zero or once and you go to State. Lose twice and you are out.