Seventh-graders hone skills at volleyball basics

Ilwaco seventh-grade volleyball players included (front) Haley Karcher, Kaylin Knutzen, Courtney Gilgore, Anna Oman, Emily Thorne, Lilly Pettit, (back) Coach Mike Hardin, Lanie Kary, Rikki Russum, Brandi Keightley, Allison converse-Brady, Ashley Hurlburt. Not pictured: Krissy Toivonen.

ILWACO - Ilwaco seventh-grade volleyball coach Mike Hardin said of his 2002 team, "Our goal was to learn basic skills such as passing, serving, and hitting." He went on to say of his team, "For a lot of girls this was their first time touching a volleyball."

The team won four matches and showed improvement throughout the season, according to Hardin. MVP honors went to Brandi Keightley, Most Inspirational was Emily Thorne, and Most Improved player was Ashley Hurlburt. Other players on the squad were Haley Karcher, Kaylin Knutzen, Courtney Gilgore, Anna Oman, Lilly Pettit, Lanie Kary, Rikki Russum, Allison Converse-Brady, and Krissy Toivonen

The coach had praise for Karcher and Kary as good servers and for Keightley and Gilgore as improving as setters. "The team came a long way in learning how the game of volleyball is played, understanding the rules, and playing a basic offense and defense," Hardin concluded.

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