2013 Varsity Bears - picture by JK Photography
March 4, 2014
Youth Volleyball Coach & Player Clinic and GROWL Auction -- On Saturday, March 8th, OHS Volleyball will sponsor a youth volleyball
coach and player clinic. Our target audience for the 12:15 - 2:15pm clinic
is anyone interested in coaching youth volleyball, especially YMCA coaches
preparing for the upcoming spring season. Participants from that clinic
are welcome to stay for the player session, which runs from 2:30 - 4:30.
We'll be working with players in grades 2nd - 6th.
Please share this information (forward the Coaching Clinic flyer and Players Clinic flyer freely!) with those
you know who may be interested.
Also, the GROWL Auction is scheduled for April 26th and our own Coach Laurie Crieghton is being recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Along with individual recognition, five of the fifteen state championship
teams Olympia HS has had will also be recognized. They are: 1929 Boys
Basketball, 1984 Football, 1996 & 98 Girls Golf and the 1998 Volleyball
Tickets for the dinner/auction are $25 before April 18th or $30 at the door.
There is a dinner reservation form for reserving your place on the GROWL
website. When completing the reservation form please
note in the comment section that you are affiliated with the Volleyball
program. Each sport program gets a portion of the proceeds depending on the
amount of their program's participation.
March 3, 2014
OHS athletes continue to excel -- OHS standout Sarah Stoker (2010) was recently named Northwest University Athlete of the Year.
OHS seniors Rachel Kelson and Hannah St. Jean have been selected to play on the 3A/4A All-State Volleyball team. They will represent Olympia at the event sponsored by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association to be held March 15th at 8pm.
Three matches will be played at Columbia Junior High near Fife High School. The schedule is:
- 1B/2B match at 4pm
- 1A/2A match at 6pm
- 3A/4A match at 8pm
There will also be serving contests during the breaks.
Make your plans now to support our Bears on the 15th!
November 8, 2013
Bears season ends at Districts -- The Bears finished their season on Saturday, finishing eigth. Seven teams moved on to the State tourney.
November 6, 2013
Bears win first match at Districts -- Oly took down Auburn-Riverside 3-1 in the opening match at the District tourney. The Bears dropped the first game but battled back to win the second set 26-24, which tipped the momentum for the next two sets. Oly takes on Camas at 8:00pm. Camas is the #1 seed from the Greater St. Helens League with the winner advancing to State.
UPDATE: The Bears fell to Camas 0-3. They next play Union at noon. Union is the #2 seed from GSHL.
November 6, 2013
Oly takes third at Narrows tourney -- Oly will advance to the District tourney as the number three seed from Narrows after first downing Stadium 3-0 and then Central Kitsap 3-0.
They next face Auburn-Riverside, who represent the #4 seed from the South Puget Sound League. The match begins at 4:00pm at Kentwood High School in Covington.
October 28, 2013
Oly celebrates their Seniors -- Oly fell to Bellarmine tonight 0-3 (21-25, 20-25, 10-25). Hannah Adams had 10 kills, 7 digs, 4 blocks and 2 aces. Hannah St. Jean, who will play for Franklin Pierce University in Pennsylvania next year, added 7 kills, 4 blocks and an ace. Kayla Thaller was back on the floor at setter after recovering from injuries earlier in the season.
The loss didn't dampen spirits as the Bears honored their five seniors, Hailey Reese, Kayla Thaller, Hannah St. Jean, Jordan Crawford, and Rachel Kelson.
The Narrows Tourney will be played on Saturday at Mt. Tahoma High School.
October 24, 2013
Yelm falls to the Bears -- Oly defeated Yelm tonight 25-22, 25-11, 25-17.
Olympia's last match of the season is next week when they face off against Bellarmine at OHS. JV and C Teams start at 5:30 and Varsity is scheduled for 7:00.
October 23, 2013
Oly wins at South Kitsap -- The Bears took a three set match at SK on Tuesday, taking down the Tigers on their home court 25-20, 25-20, 25-14.
Hannah Adams had 12 kills, 3 blocks and 11 digs on the night. Julia fleener had 27 assists and 6 digs at setter.
October 22, 2013
Updates -- The Bears have played three matches and a tourney since the last update. Oly split two league matches with a loss to Gig Harbor and a win over Stadium. The Bears also dropped a non-league match to Tumwater last week.
The Bears travel to South Kitsap tonight.
October 8, 2013
Olympia conquers CK -- The Bears swept another opponent out of Chick Rockey gym, beating the CK Cougars in three. The Bears controlled the first set but had to show some heart in the second as they trailed by five for most of the game. Rachel Kelson took over at the service line to bring the team back and seal the win.
The Bears travel to Gig Harbor on Thursday. The Tides dropped their match against Bellarmine tonight in three sets.
October 6, 2013
Bears raise awareness for cancer -- The Olympia Volleball program is raising awareness for cancer this week. Check out this great article in the Olympian highlighting the effort. Don't forget to wear your colors this week!
October 2, 2013
Oly drops one to BP -- The Bears dropped their first league match to defending state champs. The match marks the first set loss in league play for Bellarmine.
September 30, 2013
Yelm falls to Oly -- The Bears claimed another 3-0 victory over the visiting Tornadoes (25-13, 25-14, 25-14).
The Bears next travel to Bellarmine Prep on Wednesday. Varsity plays at 4:45.
September 26, 2013
Bears win at home against the Wolves -- The Bears followed up their 3rd place finish at the 30-team Kent Classic tourney with a decisive victory over South Kitsap tonight (25-16, 25-15, 25-14).
Rachel Kelson had 10 kills and Hannah Adams added 8 kills, 2 aces and 9 digs from the outside hitter position.
September 24, 2013
No One Fights Alone -- Starting October 7th, the Olympia Volleyball Program will be sponsoring
Cancer Awareness Week - No One Fights Alone.
Because more than 1 million people in the United States are diagnosed with
cancer each year…chances are you or someone close to you has it, has
beaten it, or, lost a battle to it. When Todd McDougall, an esteemed OHS
coach and faculty member, succumbed to brain cancer this summer, we were
moved to expand our annual event beyond support for the fight against a
single type of cancer.
You can participate by purchasing a colored shirt - which represents a
cancer that has affected you - to wear during the week, to our Oct. 8th
home match against Central Kitsap and/or the Capitol City Invitational,
on Oct. 12th. Donations will be accepted throughout the week - at school,
in the community, and at the Oct. 8th match & Oct. 12th tournament. All
proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Donations on Oct. 8th
will earn you a spot in a serving contest. And, on Oct. 12th, at the
Capitol City Tournament, an AWESOME raffle will be held.
We are inviting your participation in this event and encourage you to read
the attached flyer for details on how to go on-line to order your shirt
and be a part of the fight against cancer (see sample of shirt--front on left, back on the right).
Sample of shirt (front on left, back on the right)...
OLYMPIA CANCER AWARENESS T-SHIRT
Be aware...the on-line order window closes at midnight on Tuesday, Oct.
Please join us by showing your support during the week of October 7th. We
hope to see you at OHS on the 8th or the 12th!
September 18, 2013
Bears down Stadium -- The Bears faced off against Stadium in one of the stellar venues in the state tonight. The revamped school is always a treat for fans and Stadium is always a good host. The Bears won in three games (25-5, 25-8, 25-6).
The Bears next play South Kitsap at home on Thursday night at 7:00pm. You can catch the C and JV matches at 5:30.
September 17, 2013
Berendt name to Big East weekly Honor Roll -- Michaela Berendt continues to make an impact in her new role at Villanova. Check out the article here.
September 16, 2013
Bears beat Tides -- Oly played their home opener against the Gig Harbor Tides tonight, winning 3-1. Oly dropped the first set 23-25 but took over in the next three sets. Rachel Kelson racked up 18 kills with only two errors, Kayla Thaller had 46 assists, and Jona Stiller had 31 digs and a great night at the service line.
The Bears next face Stadium on Wednesday night in Tacoma.
Also tonight, SK beat Stadium 3-0 and CK beat Yelm 3-0.
September 12, 2013
Oly takes first league match -- The Bears travelled to Central Kitsap and took down the home team 25-18, 25-20, and 25-7.
Hannah Adams had a whopping 17 kills in the three sets. Hannah St. Jean had six kills and four blocks while Jordan Crawford had eight kills, a block and an ace.
September 10, 2013
Golden Orb returns to OHS -- The coveted crosstown rivalry trophy will be on display at Oly for the next year as the Bears took down Capital in a five set thriller.
Oly took the first set 26-24 then dropped the next two sets to the scrappy Cougars. Oly sent a message in the fourth set, winning 25-12 to set up the deciding game. Both teams held the lead at different points until Hannah St. Jean took control with four straight kills and a couple of key digs with the match on the line. Rachel Kelson had 22 kills and Hannah Adams had 15 kills with 5 aces and 18 digs. Kayla Thaller had 55 assists.
The Bears travel to Central Kitsap on Thursday for their first league match.
September 10, 2013
Location for tonight's match changed -- Tonight's match against Capital will be played at St. Martin's University. The times remain 3:30 for C-Team, 5:00 for JV, and 7:00 for Varsity.
Note that the last three regular season games have been updated on the Schedules page.
September 2, 2013
Update from Villanova -- Here's a link to the Villanova volleyball site with a report on the opening tourney for the Wildcats. Our own Michaela Berendt is already having an impact on the program and is featured in the article.
August 28, 2013
Rosters for Varsity, JV, and CTeam have been set! -- Check out the links above to see your 2013 Olympia Bears Volleyball teams. The schedule and links to all six former Bears playing at the collegiate level have also been updated.
August 28, 2013
2012 Bear stand-out Michaela Berendt featured -- Thurston Talk has a great feature article about Villanova-bound Michaela Berendt. Way to go Mick!
August 8, 2013
Olympia Volleyball Bear Summer Newsletter -- Coach Creighton has published the annual Summer Newsletter. The newsletter has tons of valuable and interesting information--including the draft schedule for the 2013 season! The file is fairly large so give it some time to download.
See you all courtside soon!
See all the news from the 2012 season.