Foster High School senior Veronica Ioane serves the ball during the Bulldogs’ match against Washington High School on Oct. 13. Heidi Sanders/Tukwila Reporter

Ioane finds her place on Foster’s volleyball team | Prep Sports

Playing volleyball has taught Foster High School senior Veronica Ioane the importance of communication.

“If we don’t communicate, we won’t be able to get the play that we wanted,” Ioane said.

That lesson doesn’t just apply on the court, but in group projects for class.

“If I don’t communicate well with someone else they won’t be on the same page,” she said.

Ioane began playing volleyball as an eighth-grader at ShoWalter Middle School, after moving to Tukwila from Hawaii.

“I thought joining a sport would make it easy to make new friends,” she said.

Ioane’s eighth-grade volleyball coach was Jessica Paulsen, who this season is in her first year as coach at Foster. The Bulldogs are 2-7 in the 2A South Puget Sound League Mountain Division and 2-8 overall.

“She just puts in a lot of passion and a lot of heart,” Paulsen said of Ioane. “That is what our team needs this year, especially, so it has been a great asset. … She has a lot of energy and brings people up when they are down.”

Ioane played her freshman year at Foster, took her sophomore year off and was on the junior varsity squad last season, before making varsity her senior year.

“She always has had a lot of drive,” Paulsen said. “I picked her to be on varsity because of her dedication. She showed up to all of the summer practices. She couldn’t play for the first week of practice here but she came each day and sat on the sidelines and watched and learned and figured things out.”

Paulsen has enjoyed watching Ioane grow.

“She has come a long way,” she said. “She really has matured into her own and found a place for herself, and I am so glad it is on our team.”

Iaone enjoys playing volleyball during the offseason with her family and members of the church she attends in Tacoma.

After she graduates from Foster, Ioane plans to attend the University of Washington to study nursing.

She wants to work as a pediatric nurse.