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Beamer finishes Top 8 at Kent Classic!

Beamer finishes in the Top 8 at the 2014 Kent Classic!

Beamer Varsity played well at the 2014 Kent Classic on Saturday.  We won our 1st round pool going 4-0 beating Kentwood JV (25-18, 25-13) and then Bothell (25-18, 25-14).   We switched gyms for our 2nd round pool and went 3-1, beating Bothell again (25-21, 25-19) and splitting with Capital (18-25, 25-21).  We narrowly missed taking 1st place in our pool, as Capital had us beat in the tiebreaker system by 5 overall points.  (BTW – Capital went on to finish 2nd overall.)

When we got to bracket play we knew things would get “interesting” for us since both our staring setter and starting libero had some important prior family commitments that required them to leave early and miss the last part of the tournament.  But nonetheless, the Lady Titans rolled on and played well in the Silver bracket semis.  We ran a 6-2 offense and mixed around our entire lineup.  We started our young sophomore (Elisa Chew) at setter, had starting outside hitter (Cassie Neu) play our 2nd setter, started our two young sophomores (Savanna Servive and Mallorie Post) at middles, and then let everyone else play outside or right side.  It was great to see our senior starting middle Reed Copeland be a six rotation player – which is something she has been really wanting to do!  It took our players a little time to make the adjustments and just play volleyball; it looked pretty remedial at first but by the 2nd set it started to click!  We lost to Skyview (18-25, 24-26) and came very close to forcing a 3rd deciding set with the momentum starting to shift in our favor – but fell just a little short.

Was very proud of how we competed all day!  Finishing in the Top 8 out of 30 good teams is a nice accomplishment for this group!

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Beamer gets to “Gold” Semi-Finals!

Girls have been working hard in the gym and this past weekend showed how much we have improved and offered glimpses of how good we can be.  We entered the tournament wanting to work on our lineups a little and get all our players a chance to play.  We did that and somehow found ourselves competing with the top 4 teams in the tournament.

Our morning 1st round pool saw us matched up against some tough teams from Prairie and Mount Vernon and Auburn.  We beat Prairie in 2 sets, split with both Mount Vernon and Auburn but somehow managed to come out 1st in our pool with a 4-2 game record.  The top 3 teams in our 1st round pool all ended up in the Top 8 teams in the tournament.

Our second round pool had us matched up against Tahoma, Edmonds-Woodway, and Auburn (again).  We played a tough match against Tahoma winning both sets and were able to win out against Edmonds and Auburn – winning our pool at 6-0.

We jumped to the upper Gold bracket based on our 2nd round pool performance and faced Kennedy Catholic in the semi-final championship match.  We started off extremely well with several monster blocks to start the match; but Kennedy Catholic had a great team and several great players that tested our serve receive and defense.  After starting off well we hit a few bumps as they jumped on us midway through – we eventually lost game 1 (17-25).  In the second game we battled well and the game went back and forth – we just didn’t seem to be able to get ahead and ended up losing game 2 (22-25).  Kennedy went on to win the Tournament, beating Tumwater (2-0) in the Final!

Overall a good finish for our young team that is still learning to play well together.  Had lots of positive things happen for many of our players coming away from this tournament!  Nice job Lady Titans!

2014 Kent Classic


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Beamer will be competing at the Kent Classic Invitational Tournament at Kentlake and Kentwood High Schools on September 20, 2014.

Our Varsity team is entered into the competition.  Please click on the links below for more information!  Varsity will start play in the morning around 8 am and end around 6 pm.

Tournament Information Below:

General Info – Tournament format & Schedule

1st Round Pools

2nd Round Pools

Google Map to Kentlake High School

Google Map to Kentwood High School

Click Here for a List of Tournament Posts from Previous Year’s 

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2014 Sterling Invitational Tournament

Logo rightBeamer will be competing at the Puget Sound Sterling Invitational Tournament at Auburn Mountainview High School on September 13, 2014.

Our Varsity team is entered into the competition.  Please click on the links below for more information!  Varsity will start play in the morning around 8 am and end around 6 pm.

Tournament Information Below:

General Info

List of Participating Schools

Pools & Schedule


Click Here for a List of Tournament Posts from Previous Year’s 

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Kent Classic update

I love the Kent Classic tournament because it gives us a snapshot of where our team is with respect to some of the top high school programs in the state.  Yesterday’s showing revealed that we have some work to do with our team.  We played well in the morning pool but gave up some crucial runs and couldn’t recover, we played sporadic in the pm pool and struggled with our passing and made it difficult for us to take quality swings at the ball.  We made a bunch of unforced errors that really hurt us.  In bracket play we seemed to find our groove again and made it to bracket finals.  We finished the tournament losing a 3 set thriller almost completing our comeback but falling short 13-15 in the last set.  I really like our team this year, sometimes I forget that we are a pretty young team.

Beamer finishes in Top 15 at Kent Classic!

The Kent Classic Invitational tournament has always featured top teams from Washington and Oregon over the years – some excellent high school programs represented (including state powerhouse MEAD from Spokane and nationally ranked Central Catholic from Oregon). In just our second year invited to this tournament Beamer has made some nice strides toward becoming a rising high school volleyball program. We surprised many by taking 1st in our morning pool over Eastside Catholic (2011’s WIAA 3A State Runner Up) and Garfield. We found ourselves among some of the highly-ranked high school programs in Washington. Although we didn’t win any more games in the afternoon pool or in the Bronze Division Bracket, we did walk away with the experience of being in the company of some very-good state-bound teams and an idea of what it would look like if we got there. We came into the tournament seeded #27 out of 35 teams and finished 13th! Which is a great finish for our relatively young and rising volleyball program. A positive step in the right direction at this highly competitive tournament!

Kent Classic Tournament Info!

Hey Parents. Here are some things you need to know about the tournament that we will be participating in Saturday (Sept. 22nd).

Location: This particular tournament is held at (3) different locations – Kentwood High School, Kentlake High School and Cedar Heights Middle School. We will start the tournament at Kentwood (25800 164th Ave SE, Covington). There is a chance that we will be having to switch playing sites between pools between 11am-12pm. Where we end up for the afternoon pool depends on how we do in the morning pool. Kentlake HS is located at 21401 SE 300th St. in Black Diamond. Cedar Heights MS is located at 19640 SE 272nd St. in Covington. All the gyms are located within about 10 minutes of each other.

Transportation: We will not have district provided bus transportation to/from this tournament. I have announced this to the players at practice this week. It is their responsibility to get to the tournament on time. They will also need to have transportation to the 2nd gym location if we need to move for the afternoon pool. Please coordinate this with your daughters. We will do a head count at practice today to make sure everyone has transportation. I do recommend that you arrange carpools with other families if you are able to.

Cost: There is a $5 charge (for everyone) at the door. The cost includes entry to all (3) gym locations, make sure you receive a stamp if you pay. It is good for the entire day.

Seating: There will be limited bleacher or chair seating on the courts. You may bring your own chairs or seating to setup in the designated areas of the gym, this is usually up against the walls at the ends of the courts.

Concessions: There will be concessions at Kentwood and Kentlake, but no concessions at Cedar Heights. Please send money with your child if they are interested in purchasing a concession item at the tournament.

Food: There will be designated areas for team tables. The area is limited and will be located in the Hallways of the at the gym sites. I will bring a small fold out table for our team and will bring a Gatorade 5-gallon cooler. But each player needs to bring their own food and water. We will be there all day Saturday, so please make sure your child has a healthy lunch item and lots of snacks throughout the day.

Schedule: The pools appear to be changing with a few teams dropping, but as of now we play at 8 AM. Players need to be at Kentwood by 7 AM to setup our team camp, get into gear, and warmup. Please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast. We will play a back-to-back match at 9AM. Then referee at 10AM. We will switch gym sites if we need to at 11AM. The afternoon pool will start at 12PM. Bracket play is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM. The earliest we are expected to get out is 5:30 PM. However, we could potentially play up until 6:30PM, or end around 7PM.

Here is a link to the tournament’s website: http://kentclassic.blogspot.com/p/locations.html for more information regarding the tournament, including the teams in the field and our pool. This is our last tune-up before we start league play, so we will be working on lineups and a few different things to see how things work. Hope to see you at the tournament supporting your child and our program!

Pat Taitano
TBHS Volleyball Coach

Rough Weekend at Bethel Tournament!

It was an up and down tournament for the Beamer Titans at the Bethel Friendship tournament on Saturday. When we passed well we looked like we were among the best teams in the tournament field, but when we didn’t we found ourselves looking very inexperienced and disarrayed. We finished the tournament with a 7-9 set record. We split sets with Bethel, Fife, Mt. Spokane, Wilson and Penninsula. We beat Heritage 2-0, and lost to Puyallup & University (0-2). Our best match of the day was against powerhouse Puyallup – the defending SPSL South Champion, where we passed serve well, hit well, and played our most inspired volleyball of the day! We learned that if we are able to adjust our attitude about passing and establish our will to compete – we are able to play with some of the best teams in our league. We fell just short losing both sets to Puyallup 22-25, 22-25. It was a tough tournament for us overall but we learned some valuable lessons about our team that will make us better!

Varsity at Kent Classic!

Hey all. Our varsity team is participating in the Kent Classic Invitational Tournament on Saturday. There are 30-teams entered and we will be facing some very good teams! Action starts at 8 am, Saturday the 17th! We will start the morning at Kentwood High School, depending on how we finish, we could be Kentlake in the afternoon pool. Looking forward to playing some great teams!