Jenna Orlandini continues to anchor Washington volleyball

Former Tolog leads second-ranked Huskies in digs, aces through 10 matches in 2013, while Rebel makes immediate impact in Lafayette.

September 28, 2013
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Jenna Orlandini continues to solidify the University of Washington women's volleyball team as a senior.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Jenna… (Tammy Abbott/Staff…)

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Jenna Orlandini (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2008) senior libero, University of Washington volleyball: Just like the Huskies, Orlandini is on the top of her game and leading the defense of the undefeated national power yet again in her final collegiate season.

The former Tolog hasn’t missed a set this season and her 138 digs (3.94 a set) lead the team. Orlandini has also provided an offensive boost with a team-high 17 aces, along with 32 assists.

With Orlandini anchoring the backline, Washington is ranked second in NCAA Division I this season with a 10-0 record and 2-0 start to Pac-12 Conference play after a four-game road win, 25-23, 25-19, 29-31, 25-8, over No. 21 Oregon Friday.

It was Washington’s first win in Oregon in four years and Orlandini logged a season-best 27 digs in the victory. She had 13 digs and three assists when the Huskies opened conference play Wednesday with a sweep of in-state rival Washington State, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.


Orlandini and the Huskies resume conference play and their road trip when it travels to Colorado on Oct. 4.

Kaelin King (Flintridge Prep, 2013) freshman forward, Lafayette soccer: It took all of 23 minutes for the former Rebel to score her first collegiate goal and she followed it up with consecutive games with a score in Lafayette.

In the Leopards’ opener, the freshman forward one-timed a shot off her left foot for a goal, assisted by teammate Alyssa Finelli, in a 2-1 victory over Manhattan on Aug. 25.

King has continued to be an offensive threat for her new team. She’s tied for the team lead in goals with two scored. She also has an assist for five points through six starts in nine games this season.

Her most recent point came when she logged her first helper after being subbed in late in a 4-1 loss to Colgate, which served as Lafayette’s Patriot League opener on Sept. 21.

King’s other goal also came when she was substituted into a 3-2 Lafayette win over Sacred Heart on Sept. 1. After her season-opening tally, it marked consecutive games in which the 2013 All-Area first-teamer scored. This time, King used her head for what proved to be the game-winning goal off a cross from Samantha Potoczak in the 26th minute.

The Leopards are 4-4-1, 0-2 in league, this season, but will have a chance to log a winning record Wednesday when they travel to Lehigh.

Glendale News-Press Articles Glendale News-Press Articles