Time now for another volleyball update this morning as big weekend tournaments continue involving local girls’ club teams and players from the Valley.
We start once again down in Eugene, OR, where a pair of teams with locals are aiming for strong finishes today as the playoff rounds get underway to close the Matt Hartner Memorial Tournament.
Both of those teams are in the U-16 bracket. Bellevue’s Sudden Impact Thunder, with Mount Si High School’s Harper Click, went 3-0 once again yesterday, and after a 3-0 showing in opening day action Saturday, are unbeaten at 6-0 overall and are seeded third in today’s championship round. Among the wins they recorded yesterday was one over the Kent-based KJ 16’s, with fellow Wildcat Hayley West. Thunder outlasted KJ in three close sets in the best-of-three match, 25-21, 22-25, 15-5. KJ’s loss did not hurt them too much, though; they finished 2-1 in yesterday’s action and are sitting at 4-2 overall going into today’s Gold bracket playoffs; they could end up with a top-20 showing in the tournament if all goes well today.
Meanwhile, Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors 16’s Black, with Cedarcrest High School’s Taeler Gerde, bounced back after a slow start on Saturday, going 3-0 yesterday to move to 4-2 overall on the tournament. They beat teams from Seattle, Portland and Spokane to put themselves in good playoff shape today. In other U-16 action, Maple Valley-based Boost 15’s, which includes MSHS’ Chloe Stewart, dropped their first match yesterday and sit at 5-1 overall going into today’s play, and four other teams finished yesterday’s play under .500, including the KJ 15’s, with Wildcat Victoria BearBow, Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Blue, with Mount Si’s Annaliese Jensen and Kamryn Smith, and both 15’s squads representing Carnation-based Valley View Volleyball. All of those clubs will compete in playoff action as well today, with the two Valley View teams potentially slated to meet in the final of their playoff bracket should both get there later on this morning.
In the U-18 division, Kent’s KJ 17’s and Bellevue’s High Velocity 18’s, with MSHS’s Liilan Bachand and Cedarcrest’s Kam Leslie respectively, both went 3-0 in play yesterday, with HV sitting at 5-1 and KJ at 4-2. Both teams started the tournament with very low seeds, so they’ll be looking to do well in playoff action later on, but neither has a chance to win the event. Mercer Island’s Island Thunder 18’s, with Wildcat Emma Anderson, went 1-2 yesterday and now sits at 2-4 overall on the weekend, set to close out play later on today.
We’ll keep you posted on where everyone ends up in the event down there.
Now to the other tournaments:
Fiesta Classic, Phoenix: Both of the teams in the event representing Bellevue’s Sudden Impact club featuring players with Valley ties are representing their region very well down there, with both looking at strong finishes in the tournament today. The SI 18’s unit, with MSHS’ Courteney Carr, went 2-1 yesterday against their Texas and Arizona opposition and plays for the U-18 title today, seeded eighth in a double-elimination bracket, so they will be potentially busy today. As for the SI 17’s unit, with ex-Mount Si’er Patience O’Neal, they went 0-3 yesterday and are 1-4 overall, but still could find themselves with a top-20 showing if all goes well later on today in their playoff rounds.
Northwest Juniors tournament, Kirkland: A Sudden Impact team with a Valley athlete is also looking at a possible title today in this local tournament. The 16’s Tornado, with MSHS’ Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, went 3-0 yesterday and are unbeaten on the weekend at 6-0. They earned the top seed into today’s U-16 playoffs and look poised to win it all. As for two other local squads in the field, the Northwest Juniors 15’s Grey and White, with Red Wolves Selah Kuiken and Hannah Winston respectively, square off in the opening game of the playoffs this morning, as both teams seek a potential top-25 finish with a good showing today. The teams both went 1-2 yesterday and sit under .500 on the weekend.
In the U-14’s, Snoqualmie’s Ridge Valley went winless again yesterday after a winless start Saturday and will look to close out play in the event on a strong note today.
As with the Eugene event, we’ll let you know what happens in these tournaments later on today.