After four years of hard work and dedication, the nine seniors of Squalicum's volleyball team have reached the Class 2A State Volleyball Tournament. Now they're just trying to soak it all in and enjoy their last few games as a team.
One of the key players for this season's Storm squad has been outside hitter Meghan Lowry. Lowry was recently named to the All-Northwest Conference team for the 2013 season, an honor that her teammates and coaches believe was well-earned.
"She's always been one of our best players, but this year she really showed that she wanted (to reach the bi-district tournament)," Storm libero Kayla Chang said in a phone interview.
First-year Squalicum coach Laurie Quigley is happy to have a hard-working player like Lowry. She said the team can rely on Lowry's steady and consistent play.
Despite consistency being a high point of her game, Lowry noted it as something she had worked to improve this season.
"I didn't have specific statistical goals, but I wanted to help make us a hard-working, scrappy team," Lowry added in a phone interview.
Not only was Lowry a key player for her team this season, but she was an inspirational leader to her teammates.
"She knows what to say at the right time, but she doesn't just say it, she leads by example," Chang said.
Chang and Quigley recalled a point in a loser-out game at the bi-district tournament when they were down by nine to Archbishop Murphy. They said Lowry gave the team a pep talk and then ended up hammering home the point that tied the set.
"Her spirit allowed the rest of the team to believe, too," Chang added.
The Storm want to keep pushing on in the state tournament, but Lowry said she also wants the team to have a good time in their last experience together and not let the pressure bother them.
"We're really a family and have fun together," Lowry said. "We just want to make it memorable. The season could not have been more amazing than it has."
Squalicum will kick off its play in the 2A Class State Volleyball Tournament at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood. The Storm will take on East Valley High School from Spokane in the first round.
CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday's first round
At Saint Martin's University, Lacey
? Columbia River vs. Ferndale, 3:15 p.m.
CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday's first round
At Pierce College, Steilacoom
? Yakima East Valley vs. Sehome, 8 a.m.
? Squalicum vs. Spokane East Valley, 9:45 a.m.
? Lynden vs. Yakima West Valley, 1:30 p.m.
CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
At Yakima Valley SunDome
? Lynden Christian vs. Connell, 11:30 a.m.