Foster girls volleyball team to play in district playoffs Friday in Tacoma

A young Foster High girls volleyball team, headed into the district playoffs Friday, is already make plans for next season, says coach Brandi Travess.

A young Foster High girls volleyball team, headed into the district playoffs Friday, is already make plans for next season, says coach Brandi Travess.

Travess hopes the team, which finished fifth in the Seamount League with a 7-7 record, can keep building on this year’s accomplishments.

“I am hoping to start a winning tradition for volleyball at Foster,” she said.

Last year the girls made the district playoffs but lost two straight games.

Foster plays Steilacoom High School at 5:15 p.m. Friday (Nov. 7) at Washington High School, 12420 Ainsworth Ave. S., Tacoma.

Steilacoom brings into the postseason a 10-4 record in the South Puget Sound League and is 11-4 overall.

Tickets are $7 for adults and students without an ASB card and $4 for students with an ASB card, senior citizens and elementary school students.

The Foster team didn’t pick captains this year because everyone leads the team in her own way and the players wanted “to keep the strong team vibe,” said Travess.

Sophomore Maria Ibanez developed into a strong libero or defensive specialist, Travess said. Junior Ariana Serafica, who received league honorable mention last year, is “very reliable” on server receive and defense, the coach said.

“Our biggest advantage comes from the team mindset that the girls have cultivated amongst each other,” she said. “They get along really well, work hard for each other and always support their teammates’ efforts.”

The team also takes a balanced approach to its play, she said, with each girl playing a position that focuses on her strongest skills and that doesn’t rely on one player to carry the majority of the load.

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