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Tualatin preps for Three Rivers League battles

Wolves boast key returnees and some solid newcomers


Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - FOR THE DEFENSE -- Tualatin High School junior Sara Fanger (1), shown here in a postseason match from last year, moves to play the libero spot for the Timberwolves this year. TUALATIN — This year, the Tualatin High School volleyball team is venturing into a whole new world.

But the Timberwolves will be going to that new place — the Three Rivers League — with what looks to be a strong group of returning players as well as some promising newcomers.

“The general outlook for the season is, on one hand, good, and on the other hand, a big question mark,” second-year Tualatin coach Monica Anderson said. “Because we are heading into the (Three Rivers League), we will be facing mostly new competitors. In my opinion, the TRL is one of the strongest leagues in the state for volleyball.”

Tualatin will be going into the Three Rivers League with five returning varsity players from last year’s squad that finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pacific Conference standings at 4-10.

Among those returnees is junior Sara Fanger, who was an honorable mention all-conference pick last year as a sophomore.

Fanger played at outside hitter for the Wolves a year ago, but she’ll be moving to libero this year.

“Her outstanding defensive skills warranted a change in position this year,” Anderson said.

Junior Haley Howarth also garnered honorable mention all-conference accolades last year.

She’ll continue with her role as an all-around outside hitter for the Wolves this year.

Another key returnee for Tualatin is junior Morgan McMasters, who is back at setter.

Senior Tegan Bracha returns on the right side.

The Wolves’ other returnee is junior Shanna Giorvas.Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - MASTERFUL -- Junior Morgan McMasters returns at setter for the Tualatin High School volleyball team this season.

“Shanna will be a hitter for us, as she is able to excel as both an outside hitter and opposite hitter,” Anderson said.

And Anderson is looking for her five returnees to be key players for the Wolves.

“Having half of our varsity team returning should be an asset to us this year,” she said.

Among the newcomers to the Tualatin varsity roster is senior transfer Natalie Anderson.

“She will likely make a huge contribution to the team as a setter,” Monica Anderson said of Natalie Anderson, who was a first-team All-Casco League selection last year. “She has played volleyball for nine years and comes in as our most experienced player.”

Although Natalie Anderson is new to the Tualatin team, she has played many many of the Timberwolf players during club season.

Moving up to the Timberwolf varsity, from last year’s junior varsity team, are senior outside hitter Chelsea Callaway, junior middle blocker Emily Peters, sophomore middle blocker Grace Phillips and junior defensive specialist Cassidy Martin.

“Just like last year, our team is strong defensively,” Monica Anderson said. “We are looking to round out our entire game, improving our offense and communication with a new cast of players. I have high hopes for this team, as every single girl has a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. The girls all get along well, and we have already had a lot of laughs and improvements. It’s a good balance that I really appreciate.”

Tualatin will open its season today (Thursday) when it plays in the Three Rivers League jamboree, starting at 4 p.m. at Canby High School.

The Wolves will open their Three Rivers League schedule Sept. 4, when they play rival Tigard in a match starting at 6:30 p.m. at Tigard High School.




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