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The 2013 season promises to be one of ‘firsts’ for the Raider Volleyball program. Beginning his fourth year as the Raiders head coach, Doug Carlson has had to completely re-load the roster, following the departure of last season’s all-sophomore squad. Red shirt freshman Kendra Barnes (Peninsula HS) is the only returner from 2012, and will help the young team come together under Coach Carlson’s leadership. The team will key on setter Brittany Smith (Sumner HS), to lead the offense. Big hitters Brittany Rutherford (North Thurston HS), Ashlee Chapman (Elma HS), Brianna Glass (Washington HS), and Casey Williams (Forks HS), will be the forces on the front line. Liberos Ashly Flores (Bethel HS), Brandy Rutherford (North Thurston HS), and Helena Stout (Stadium HS) will rotate through the back line and serve as the backbone of the defensive line. Mackenzie Valdez (Bethel HS), Sierra Smith (Cascade Christian HS), Haley Harn (North Thurston HS), Samatia Huntley (Capital HS), and Cheyenne Steffensen (Bethel HS), will all see significant time as Carlson molds this young group into a serious contender in the West, with their sights set on a return trip the NWAACC Championships in November!