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Men's Volleyball seniors Richie Diedrich, Andrew Ma, Darius Cook, Noah Sullivan, Ladarius Tuggerson and coach April Ball (2016)

Men's Volleyball falls in District
4/28/2016 9:27:00 AM

Men’s Volleyball saw their season come to a close last night as they fell to Olympia in four games in the District Semifinal. DP (18-8) fell behind two games to none before taking game three, 26-24, but that was as good as it would get. Richie Diedrich finished with 17 kills, Noah Sullivan had eight kills and ten digs, Ladarius Tuggerson with seven kills, Blake Inlow amassed 32 assists and six digs, Sam Barnett totaled seven kills and Jordan Poventud closed out with six kills. While the season ended, so too have the careers of a great group of seniors: Richie Diedrich, Noah Sullivan , Ladarius Tuggerson, Andrew Ma and Darius Cook. Head coach April Ball will also be missed, having been on the court for the men’s team for 13 years. In that time she has won 249 matches, six Metro Championships, five District Championships and was State Runner-Up in 2007. Coach Ball has also been named Metro Coach of the Year multiple times and she leaves Dr. Phillips as the all-time winningest Men’s Volleyball coach in school history. Coupled with her 60 victories as coach of the women’s team early in her career, Coach Ball amassed 309 overall victories…that’s rarified air in our school’s record book and she joins a very select group of coaches that have earned over 300 career wins. An amazing coach and an even better person, we thank April for everything she has done for us and wish her and her family the best of luck in their new endeavor out west!

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