Senior Anaya Anderson preparing to bump the Conquerors over the Eagles. Photos by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing

Senior Anaya Anderson preparing to bump the Conquerors over the Eagles. Photos by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing

Prep volleyball: Kentwood takes down Federal Way in four sets

The Kentwood Conquerors took down the Federal Way High School Eagles on Oct. 19 inside the Eagles’ gym, where the volleyball match went to a fourth set — the second time this season that any of their matches had gone more than three sets.

Kentwood got out to an early fast start on the Eagles, taking the first set, 25-14. The Conqs’ never trailed by a single point in the first set. Kentwood was showing why they were inside the top 20 in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings. Federal Way came into this match 20 spots behind the Conquerors at the 39th spot.

The second set was a bit more competitive. Kentwood still prevailed in the end with the score 25-19. Federal Way was creeping back in toward the end of the set and gained a lot of momentum going into the third set. But there was a big hill to climb against a club that had only dropped one previous match this season.

Down two sets to none, Federal Way seemingly did the impossible against all odds — they won their first set against a staunch Conquerors team. The game was back and forth all the way from the start. With the score tied 24-24, Federal Way won the next two consecutive points, ending the game with the score of 26-24. Federal Way seemed to have all the momentum, and they seemed to believe in each other, and the crowd believed in them too.

With Federal Way bringing Kentwood to their second match of more than three sets, they couldn’t stop the inevitable. The majority of the fourth set had the same makeup as the third. There was a lot of intensity on both sides and in the stands with the points going back and forth. Kentwood was up toward the end of the match with the score 21-22, but Federal Way was storming back.

Coach Kayla Hanus called a timeout to slow down the Eagles. She didn’t elect to do so in the previous set when a similar situation had presented itself. Hanus took her girls in the huddle and reiterated their motto “Confidence is contagious.” When they get in those high pressure situations, keeping their confidence high really helps elevate their play and keeps them focused, Hanus said. Right after the time out, Kentwood nullified the Federal Way run and finished the game, winning 25-23.

The victory put the Conquerors back in the win column after their first conference loss of the season. It was important for them to have a short memory from that defeat, and Hanus had a slogan for that defeat too: “It was a slice of humble pie that I felt we needed.”

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

Federal Way schools to pay $5.25M settlement after student athlete’s death

Allen Harris, 16, died during a summer football workout in 2018.

Kent-Meridian point guard Tariq Hill takes the ball up the floor against Decatur. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Basketball: Kent-Meridian beats Decatur for first 2-0 start since 2014

The Kent-Meridian Royals opened the high school boys basketball season with two… Continue reading

Kent’s boys basketball teams prepare for season openers

The winter sports season — and boys basketball — is on the… Continue reading

Raining teddy bears in Kent at Seattle Thunderbirds game

Season-high crowd at ShoWare Center brings more than 5,000 bears to donate to children

Prep sports: Kent gymnastics teams get ready to vault into winter season

Coming up on the horizon for winter sports in Kent is gymnastics.… Continue reading

T-Birds to play hockey game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle

Dec. 27 game against Spokane Chiefs moved to NHL venue from ShoWare Center in Kent

Wrestling: 2022 Kent season preview

Every school in Kent had at least one wrestler qualify for last season’s Mat Classic.

Jonathan Borte (ball in hand) stands next to Jake Davies warming up before their first game against Emerald Ridge. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Kentridge grads launch water polo program

There are 18 sports sanctioned by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) — but water polo is not one of them.

Red-hot, Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds start season with 8 victories

Have outscored last three opponents 26-6 to sit atop Western Hockey League

Federal Way’s Madison Mulipola on the attack in the third set of their match with Kentwood. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Prep volleyball: Kentwood takes down Federal Way in four sets

The Kentwood Conquerors took down the Federal Way High School Eagles on… Continue reading

Courtesy photo
Kentridge takes down Decatur on Sept. 16 (RPI 23).
Prep sports: South Sound teams dominate state’s Rating Percentage Index

System allows players, fans and coaches to see how their local sports teams measure up.

Top seed Cole Fredericks of Kentlake serving in his first match Oct. 14. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Prep tennis: Kent schools have good showing at district tournaments

The tennis regular season ended for the NPSL on Oct. 11, and… Continue reading