Volleyball: Vaara, Stovall named to all-Olympic League first team

Sequim High senior Jolene Vaara and junior Arianna Stovall were named to the all-Olympic League first team last week following coaches’ postseason voting.

Vaara, a middle hitter, led the team in nearly all categories, including kills (276), blocks (59) and digs (167).

Stovall, also a middle hitter, led Sequim in aces (48) and was second on the team in kills (58) and blocks (29). She was also one of the Wolves’ top servers, connecting on 89.1% (230 of 258) of her serves.

Teammate Brianna Palenik, a sophomore, earned the team’s sportsmanship award.

The Wolves went 11-7, coming within one win — one set, actually — of a class 2A state tournament berth.

Bainbridge’s Holley McFadden and North Kitsap’s Ireland Burdick shared the league’s Most Valuable Player award while Bainbridge libero Emma Pendleton was selected Defensive MVP.

League champ North Kitsap had a league-high five all-league selections, including four first-teamers. Port Angeles had one selection: setter Josephine Edgington, named to the second team.