County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022: Bianca Rowland

The Lynnwood native and King’s High School graduate was a 4-year starter for the Washington volleyball team.

Bianca Rowland, a Lynnwood native and King’s High School alum, started four years for the University of Washington volleyball team. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

Bianca Rowland, a Lynnwood native and King’s High School alum, started four years for the University of Washington volleyball team. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

Bianca Rowland

Inducted as: Athlete

High school: King’s class of 2008 (Lynnwood native)

Sport: Volleyball

Rowland was a powerhouse middle blocker who went on to earn All-American status at the University of Washington.

After being a two-time All-State selection and participating in the Junior Olympics while at King’s, Rowland made an immediate impact once she arrived at Washington, starting in all four of her years as a member of the perennial-power Huskies. During her tenure she broke the school record for hitting percentage in a season (.456 as a sophomore), earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American honors three times, and finished her career with 492 blocks, which at the time was the third-most in program history.

Rowland saved her best for last at UW. As a senior she averaged a career-high 1.5 blocks per set, which ranked second in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation, earning second-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American honors and helping the Huskies reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. For her efforts she was named The Herald’s 2011 Woman of the Year in Sports.

Rowland went on to play professionally in Germany, Switzerland and France, while also playing for the Florida Wave of the USA Premier Volleyball League.

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