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VOLLEYBALL: Christian Faith wins fifth-straight league title
The Christian Faith High School volleyball team is a full-fledged dynasty. The 2013 version of the Eagles won their fifth-straight SeaTac 1B League championship Thursday.
Christian Faith won three matches during the league tournament at Evergreen Lutheran in Puyallup. The Eagles beat Rainier Christian High School in the league championship match, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17.
Christian Faith also swept Mercer Island's Northwest Yeshiva, 25-3, 25-17, 25-12, and downed Quilcene in the semifinals, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15. The Eagles finished the regular season in the SeaTac League with a perfect 9-0 record and are 16-5 overall on the year.
Katrice Pond dominated during the league tournament. The Federal Way native finished the three matches with 56 kills, 22 aces and 19 digs for the Eagles. Tacoma's Freda Ireigbe had 26 kills, six aces and 18 digs and Auburn's Ciera Zimmerman ended up with 82 assists, nine kills and 10 aces for Christian Faith.
The team also includes Samantha Tercero, Jasmine Tercero, Zimmerman, Pond, Ireigbe, Simran Gill, Lana DeGuzman, Emma Cooper, Kristinne Aguilar, Alana Jennings, Angie Justmann, Yolanda Diaz and Harsukhem Grewal.
The team is coached by Stephanie Pond, who is assisted by Steve Arbuthnot (who is a Federal Way Police detective), Brianna Lusink and Letty Hriczo.
Next up for Christian Faith is the 2013 1B Tri-District 1/2/3 Volleyball Tournament, which runs Nov. 7-9 at Mount Vernon Christian High School. The Eagles will be top seeded team from District 2. Five of the 10 teams in the tournament will move on to the Class 1B Volleyball State Tournament.
In our playoff structure this means, we move on as the #1 seed from District 2 to a Tri-District playoff on Saturday, Nov. 9th at Mount Vernon. 10 total teams qualify for this tournament with the top 5 teams moving on to state. Christian Faith has played at the last four state 1B tournaments, finishing second to Almira Coulee Hartline in 2010.