Local volleyball report

We have a little volleyball on the brain to discuss with you this morning as we continue our coverage of the 2017 winter/spring girls’ club season in USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound region and how Valley teams and athletes are faring as the first regular season weekend of action approaches.

This past weekend, U14 and U15 age division teams, of which there are several with ties to our community, opened their local season with their seeding tournament, and the headliners coming out of the weekend were two teams from southeast King County that feature Mount Si High School players. Both the Kent-based KJ 15’s and Maple Valley-based Boost 15’s went unbeaten on the weekend and earned seedings in the top flight of teams this coming weekend in their first regular season action. Boost, with Wildcat Chloe Stewart, was 6-0 and KJ, with fellow MSHS’er Victoria Bearbow, finished the weekend 7-0 and will open regional regular season play against one another on Saturday in Tacoma.

Meanwhile, five other teams representing the Valley’s two local club organizations, Snoqualmie’s RidgeValley and Carnation’s Valley View, had mixed results, with RidgeValley’s 14’s leading the way, going 4-2. Valley View’s 15’s Black also fared well, going 3-3 on this past weekend. Among their wins was one over RidgeValley’s 15’s, who finished 1-5.

Previewing this weekend
On Saturday and Sunday at various sites all over the Puget Sound region, largely to the south, teams from the U12-U18 age groups will kick off their regular seasons with the first weekend of what is known as the “Power League”.

Teams to watch with local players in addition to the two U15 teams mentioned previously include the KJ’s 17’s, with MSHS’ Lillian Bachand, Bellevue’s Sudden Impact 16’s Thunder and 18’s Tsunami, with Wildcat varsity players Harper Click and Courteney Carr, respectively, and Mercer Island’s Island Thunder Black, with MSHS’ Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart. All of these squads also will be playing in their age group’s top flights. If any or all of the teams are successful this weekend, they could find themselves competing in the upcoming Platinum Division, pitting the local teams against top teams from the Columbia Empire region featuring squads from Oregon.

A lot of high-caliber volleyball can be expected this weekend, so Valley high school volleyball fans looking to see their top local players in action will not be disappointed if you can get out to see some of it. Admission is free but there are ground rules for the various venues; for more information on the Power League, consult the region’s website, which we have linked for you at right in our news links.

Here’s a schedule of where some of the various teams we’ve mentioned here in our preview will be competing this weekend. Numerous other local teams will also be competing as well, and you can find schedules and info for your favorite local players or teams at the above website as well. We’ll wrap everything up for you sometime next week here at the SVSJ.

Boost 15 (Chloe Stewart, MSHS) @ Washington High School, Tacoma, first match 9am Sunday (vs. KJ)
KJ 15 (Victoria BearBow, MSHS) @ Washington High School, Tacoma, first match 9am Sunday (vs. Boost)
KJ 17 (Lillian Bachand, MSHS) @ Fife High School, first match 9am Sunday
Sudden Impact 18 Tsunami (Courteney Carr, MSHS) @ Fife High School, first match 9am Sun
Island Thunder 16 Black (K. Stewart and B. Gogan, both MSHS) @ Washington High School, Tacoma, first match 8am Saturday
Sudden Impact 16 Thunder (Harper Click, MSHS) @ Washington High School, first match 8am Saturday
RidgeValley 13 (Snoqualmie) @ Curtis High School, University Place, first match 8am Sunday
RidgeValley 14 (Snoqualmie) @ Highline Community College, Des Moines, first match 8am Sunday
RidgeValley 15 (Snoqualmie) @ Green River Community College, Auburn, first match 9am Sunday
Valley View 15 Black (Carnation) @ Columbia Junior High, Fife, first match 8am Sunday
Valley View 15 Blue (Carnation) @ Cascade High School, Everett, first match 8am Sunday
Valley View 16 (Carnation) @ Juanita High School, Kirkland, first match 1:30pm Saturday

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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