Another big weekend is on deck for local girls’ club volleyball, with a couple of major tournaments of note.
Several teams with Valley high school players will be competing in this weekend’s Northwest Juniors’ Presidents’ Day weekend tournament. The event will be held at locations in Kent, Des Moines, Federal Way, Sumner, Auburn, Fife, and other communities in King and Pierce Counties.
The local teams will be competing in various age groups. The headline age bracket will be the U15’s, where a couple of the teams are among the best in the region coming into this weekend’s play. Bellevue-based Sudden Impact will have two teams in that field – one, their Typhoon squad with Mount Si HS’s Harper Click, is currently ranked at or near the top of the rankings of U15 club teams within the Puget Sound Region. Their second squad, the Lightning, includes fellow Wildcat Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, and too is having a solid season thus far.
Mercer Island-based Island Thunder’s 15 Black team, with another MSHS’er, Bellah Gogan, comes into this event as one of the top teams as well in the region in the age group; they came into last weekend’s Power League tournament seeded as a top five entry. This squad will also be one to keep an eye on this coming weekend.
Other teams of note this weekend with local girls include the Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 17’s Under Armour Black, with MSHS’ Cameron Kendall and Cedarcrest HS’s Danielle Winston; they also are among the top teams in their age group in the region, having been seeded 10th overall going into last weekend’s local Power League tournament for U17 and U18 teams. Another NWJ team, the 16’s Under Armour Blue, with Mount Si players Jessica Hanners and Lillian Bachand, are currently ranked in the top 20 in the region at their age level.
A couple of other squads also competing this weekend with Valley ties include the Carnation-based Valley View U14 team, the Bellevue-based High Velocity 16’s with Cedarcrest’s Kam Leslie, and the Northwest Juniors’ 15’s Under Armour Blue, with three Valley players.
Outside of the area, there is a big event also going on this weekend down in Las Vegas. Kent’s KJ 16’s and 17’s will be there at that event. The 16’s feature Mount Si’s Patience O’Neal, while on the 17’s coaching staff is Wildcat head coach Bonnie Foote.
We’ll have coverage throughout the weekend of these big tournaments. More information on the NWJ event is here.