Funding Needed for 4th Volleyball Team

This August, the Olympia High School Volleyball program had one of the largest turnouts of young women in our program’s history! Nearly seventy young women participated in the OHS summer camp and in the August team tryouts.

We had an especially large number of incoming freshman turning out and wanting to learn about, and play Volleyball.

Because of this demand, the Booster Club spearheaded a successful appeal to the Olympia School District Board of Director requesting that Olympia High School be allowed to form a fourth team to make room for a larger number of freshmen to participate in the program.

For the first time ever, the 2017 Olympia High School Volleyball program will be allowed to have a fourth team to allow a greater number of Freshmen to participate on a team! As a result, fifty-one young women turning out earned a spot on one of the four teams. The parents and players are thrilled.

While the School District and Building Administrators have been supportive, they have budget challenges and allowed the fourth team to occur if we could come up with financial support. The creation of the fourth team has added program expenses for transportation, a part-time coach and additional referees for the games.

Many have already stepped up to support the program, but the Booster club must raise the funds to eliminate the budget shortfall created by the fourth team. We are appealing to Olympia Alumni parents and supporters to help fill the budget gap needed to make sure this program succeeds. While the Booster Club, many parents and the ASB have contributed to cover additional costs, we calculate there is still a need to raise approximately $1000 dollars more to pay for the new team.

Could you help us by making a financial contribution of $50, $100, $250 or any amount to support this effort? Your support would be deeply appreciated.

Please direct support to:
Checks payable to:  Olympia High School

Note:  Volleyball Fourth Team
Kym Beckenhauer
3028 Amhurst Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Please forward this to any and all so we can get our “need” out there!!  Thank you for your support of the Olympia Volleyball program which has made such a positive impact on so many young women’s lives.

Heather Schwartz
OHS Volleyball Booster President

PS: I think we all know what a great Coach Laurie Creighton is for this program. Under her able leadership, we can be confident of the program’s success.

Our 2017 Program Sponsors

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of our 2017 season program sponsors! The financial contributions from our sponsors enhance the experience of our high school student athletes by aiding in the training and support of our players and the purchase of items not covered by OHS ASB funds. The sponsors’ advertisements are printed in the Olympia Bears Volleyball Programs and distributed at each of our varsity home games throughout the 2017 season.



Panowicz Jewelers – Celebrate every day with our NEW Pandora collection
Andrew J. Kapust, DDS, PS – Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry


Olympia Orthopaedic Associates – Timothy A. DuMontier, M.D.
Mayan Mexican Restaurants – Three Lacey locations
Budd Bay Promotions & Apparel – OHS Letterman Jackets
FirstLight Home Care – Voted the South Sound’s “Best Home Care Agency”
YWCA – Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
Washington Media Services, Inc – Print Design, Web Design, Media Relations
Van Dorm Realty, Inc. – Dave Carney, Associate Broker, Realtor
Pacific Hair Company – Kathleen Quinlan


Budd Bay CPA – Gary J. Merz, CPA, MBA in Taxation
Church Rietzke, PLLC – Personal Injury Lawyers
Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn – Washington State’s oldest drive-thru restaurant
Inspire Physical Therapy – Sports, Spine, Work Injuries & General Orthopedic Care
Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor – Great Pizza, Pasta and More
Meconi’s Italian Subs – Locally owned since 1986
State Farm – Bill Brown, Agent
Acme Fuel – Home Delivery of Propane & Heating Oil
ATM LAW – Law Offices of Allen T. Miller, PLLC
J&I Power Equipment Inc. – Lorie Longnecker, Owner
Photos by John O’Leary – Portraits, Events & Sports
PartyLite – Julie LaRae Nelson, Independent Consultant
Strategies 360 – Paul Berendt, Senior Vice President
Yamaguchi Family Dentistry – Gordon and Garret Yamaguchi, DDS

2017 Varsity Roster


The 2017 campaign, for many observers, will conjour up the words “youth movement,” as the Bears lack a senior on the roster. They do, however, claim seven returning letter winners and four returning starters. The players have a positive vibe about them and good team chemistry. Excitement abounds surrounding the potential of this team!

Adeline Denslow 2 9 S/RS 5′ 8″
Molly Armstrong 3/22 11 L/OH 5′ 6″
Kalissa Lane 4 10 S 5′ 7″
Elise Matheson (Captain) 5 11 RS/MB 5′ 10″
Lydia Batten 6 10 MB/RS 5′ 11″
Avi Vetter 7 9 OH/MB/RS 5′ 11″
Jessica Jewell 8/24 11 OH/DS 5′ 7″
Aida Drutz 9 11 RS/DS 5′ 7″
Emily Church 10 11 MB/OH 6′ 1″
Camryn Wilson (Captain) 11 11 OH/S 5′ 8″
Beatrice Asomaning (Captain) 12 11 OH/MB 5′ 8″
Head Coach: Laurie Creighton
Assistant Coach: Tiana Conklin
Statistician: Kayla Schwartz
Managers: Tarynn Pierson

2017 Junior Varsity Roster


Back Row: Justina Dizon, Olivia Sloma, Emma Geiger, Ainsley Martin, Megan Kelley, Katie Sanchez, Jaden Scheffer  Front Row: Isabelle DuMontier, Jessy Welin, Ariana Arch, Anna Beckenhauer, Paige Adderley, Jessica Birbari, Phoebe Wilcox, Coach Beattie

Jessica Birbari 2 11 DS 5′ 5″
Phoebe Wilcox 3 9 OH 5′ 4″
Isabelle DuMontier 4 10 S/OPP 5′ 3″
Ainsley Martin 5 10 MB 5′ 7″
Jaden Scheffer 6 10 DS 5′ 5″
Anna Beckenhauer 7 10 DS 5′ 5″
Justina Dizon – C 8 11 OH 5′ 5″
Emma Geiger 9 9 OPP 5′ 7″
Ariana Arch 10 10 OH/OPP 5′ 5″
Olivia Sloma 11 9 OH 5′ 8″
Megan Kelley 12 9 MB 5′ 6″
Jessy Welin 13 9 S/OPP 5′ 5″
Paige Adderley – C 14 11 S/DS 5′ 5″
Katie Sanchez 17 9 OH 5′ 6″
Coach: Leah Beattie

2017 C Team Roster


Back Row: Ella Cereghino, Hannah Backman, Ariana Wilson, Willow Robinson, Kamiel Helmer, Madeline Jorgenson, Bethel Asomaning  Front Row: Gabby Charneski, Julie Kelly, Sophie Sperr, Shannon McDermott, Coach Gallardo

Shannon McDermott – C 1 10 DS 5′ 0″
Ella Cereghino 2 9 OH/OPP 5′ 5″
Rylee Hoy 3 9 S/DS 5′ 2″
Gabby Charneski 4 9 OH/OPP 5′ 10″
Ariana Wilson 5 9 OH/S/MB 5′ 7″
Julia Kelly 7 10 DS 5′ 5″
Molly Costello 8 9 DS 5′ 6″
Kamiel Helmer 9 9 OH/DS 5′ 6″
Sophie Sperr – C 10 10 S/DS/L 5′ 3″
Hannah Backman 11 9 OH/MB 5′ 5″
Madeline Jorgenson 14 9 S/OPP 5′ 6″
Bethel Asomaning 15 9 S/MB 5′ 4″
Willow Robinson 16 9 MB 6′ 1″
Coach: Nyra Gallardo (Coach G)

2017 Freshman Team Roster


2017 marks the first time – ever, the Olympia Volleyball program has been allowed to field a fourth team. We are very excited to extend this opportunity so more female athletes can join this endeavor.

Back Row: Coach Spiller, Sailor DeRito, Sophia Carney, Holly Whitener, Sami Savil, Ilayzia Camacho, Sarah Brandt  Front Row: Kim Savel, Dora Arani, Maelynn Danke, Ava Brandt, Sophia Carney, Phoebe Chartock

Shannon McDermott – C 1 10 DS 5′ 0″
Ella Cereghino 2 9 OH/OPP 5′ 6″
Rylee Hoy 3 9 S/DS 5′ 1″
Gabby Charneski 4 9 OH/OPP 5′ 4″
Ariana Wilson 5 9 OH/S/MB 5′ 11″
Julia Kelly 7 10 DS 5′ 1″
Molly Costello 8 9 DS 5′ 4″
Kamiel Helmer 9 9 OH/DS 5′ 7″
Sophie Sperr – C 10 10 S/DS/L 5′ 0″
Hannah Backman 11 9 OH/MB 5′ 7″
Madeline Jorgenson 14 9 S/OPP 5′ 8″
Bethel Asomaning 15 9 S/MB 5′ 7″
Willow Robinson 16 9 MB 6′ 1″
Coach: Jona Spiller

Cancer Awareness Night – October 4th

Cancer_AwarenessNo One Fights Alone. Olympia Volleyball’s Cancer Awareness Night is Wednesday, October 4th at our home match against Curtis (C/JV 5:45pm, Varsity 7:15pm). The players will be wearing shirts the color of the cancer that affects them for warm-ups and during the remainder of the evening. Families and friends are encouraged to participate by wearing a shirt of similar color.

Players will also be collecting donations for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. For each $1 donation, receive a ticket to the Oly Bear serving contest. Between sets two and three of the Varsity match, ticket holders serve for prizes. Each ticket equals one serve, so the more tickets you have the more chances you have to hit one of the prizes. Past prizes include great t-shirts, pizza and gift certificates!

Community Service 2017


We collected $144 in donations/ticket sales and 162 food items at this year’s Food Bank Night on September 21st. This was all donated to the Thurston County Food Bank. Thank you for your support!

Our Community Service Day was on September 18th when, in lieu of volleyball practice, all members of the volleyball program travel to the Thurston County Food Bank warehouse. For the fifth year, players assisted with sorting, unpacking and preparing food for distribution.



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