First-year Rogers head coach John Reopelle knew his team had the talent to achieve its goals after the first practice of the season in August.
Reopelle, who coached for the previous two decades at Bethel, led Rogers to the Class 4A state volleyball tournament this past weekend at St. Martin’s University in Lacey. The Rams beat Wenatchee but were eliminated following losses to Bellarmine Prep and Skyline.
“I told the girls that our goal would be to finish the tournament at St. Martin’s on Saturday, and we did that,” Reopelle said. “Coming into the tournament, we had only lost six games all year, and they were all against top teams that are all here at the state tournament.”
Reopelle was proud of his team’s showing against Bellarmine. Rogers (25-11) led the third set 11-9, but the Lions came from behind in the final set to complete the sweep last Friday afternoon, 25-12, 25-13, 25-15.
“They were little intimidated in the first game, but once they realized we could play with them, we played pretty well,” Reopelle said. “We played great in the third game. We just didn’t have enough size to stay with them.”
Rogers rebounded with a resounding three-game victory against Wenatchee on Friday night, 25-19, 25-15, 26-24, to keep their season alive. But Skyline scored a 3-1 win on Saturday, 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 25-22, in a loser-out match that knocked the Rams out of the tournament.