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With the graduation of 3 college-bound league and district champion players and 6e Place State Finishing Timberwolf Volleyball Team, the question often comes up since last November: Rebuild or Reload?

The Timberwolves are reloading with the return of seven letter winners and the improvement and growth of their underclasses.

Senior Gwen Gilliam is leading the way as captain, with three solid years of outside hitting experience. His solid serve-receipt passes and improved hitting only magnify his value to the Timberwolves team.

The junior tandem of captain Taryn Rising and Brooke Blain grew and improved in strength to step into the aggressive offensive players needed to last year kill Sara Hiebert, who left for Dominican University in California. Rising is an excellent hitter and tough server and Blain a force at net with his commanding blocking skills. Both are expected to average double digit kills throughout the season!

Sophomore Emily Tindal is quick and athletic and has earned the setter job, following in the footsteps of All State player Rachel Gallagher. Gallagher leads his team from Clark College in Vancouver. Tindall is eager and willing to embrace the team’s offensive leadership and also has a tough jumping float serve which should prove to be a great weapon for the Timberwolves!

Sophomore Brylee Mulrony took over the libero position from All State Player Kennedy Berry, who also plays college volleyball at Olympic JC on the West Side. Mulrony is an excellent passer and has a great ability to anticipate where the ball will be. Her backrow offense has improved dramatically and she will surprise some teams with her aggressive swings.

Junior Lexi Molnar is a hard-working backup setter and has the knowledge to fill almost any position. Sophomore Lydia Hanning has improved a lot from last year and will work hard for the Timberwolves on the right side and can play anywhere on the court. Sophomore Ada Garner has gained extensive off-season experience playing club volleyball at Yakima and will work at center hitter.

Three freshmen – Greta Gilliam, Ella Riley and Maggie Gutierrez – will adapt to the Timberwolves and bring some enthusiasm and support to training, while being challenged daily in the tradition of GHS volleyball . Their main job will be to lead a very strong JV team.

Longtime Coach Tiffany Ferch (2005 GHS) has moved to Idaho, so while we miss Coach Ferch dearly, we’re glad Coach Kylee Barnes (2009 GHS) is moving from college to JV . Ocean Bryan (GHS 2017) is volunteering for the program again this year. Both coaches bring a wealth of knowledge, ability and passion to the program.

The Timberwolves will be competing for the league and district championship again this fall, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish as they grow and bond as a team! We are all excited to get our fans back in the gym and have another great season!

—Jodi Bellamy

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