Weekend volleyball update

Now an update on club volleyball for you this morning, as local girls’ players compete in holiday weekend tournaments here and out of town on this Presidents’ Day weekend.

We first start locally, where the Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors club is hosting its own tournament at sites around King County. Several local teams with Valley athletes are in this weekend’s tournament, and there was a mixed bag of results in first-day action yesterday.

Kent’s KJ 15’s, with Mount Si High School’s Victoria BearBow, have been one of the top teams thus far in the U15 division in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound region, and yesterday, they showed why, winning all three of their matches in the U16 division (they are playing up this weekend) in two-set sweeps (matches in the event are best two of three sets as opposed to the best three-of-five in high school volleyball). Two of the teams KJ beat were from the Portland area.

Also, Snoqualmie’s RidgeValley 14’s went 3-0 yesterday, so they’re off to a solid start. They beat teams from Lynnwood, Bremerton and Portland.

Northwest Juniors’ 16’s UA Black, with Cedarcrest High School’s Taeler Gerde, opened solidly with a 2-1 mark in that age group, scoring wins over teams from both Seattle and Portland. Meanwhile, NWJ’s 15’s UA Grey, with CHS’ Selah Kuiken, went 1-2, as did the 15’s UA White and Baden Blue, with fellow Red Wolves Hannah Winston and Shareni Ojeda respectively, all in the U15 division, and the 16’s UA Blue also went 1-2 in the U16 division; this squad features Mount Si’s Annaliese Jensen and Kamryn Smith.

Bellevue’s Sudden Impact Tornado also went 1-2 in U16 play yesterday to start the tournament; this squad includes Mount Si HS’s Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell.

Out of town, it was not the best of days yesterday for three Bellevue-area teams competing at a major regional tournament in Salt Lake City.

Sudden Impact’s Thunder finished 1-2 in the opening day of the Triple Crown U16 meet, with the squad, featuring Wildcat Harper Click, splitting two matches against teams from Hawaii and falling in a second match to a team from southern California. The Storm also went 1-2 in the tournament’s U17 division to start proceedings, with this team, including ex- MSHS’er Patience O’Neal, beating a Utah team but falling to teams from Texas and northern California. The Tsunami also went 1-2, with the U18 team, featuring MSHS senior Courteney Carr, splitting a pair of matches against California teams but falling also to a Hawaii squad.

KJ’s 17’s, with Mount Si’s Lillian Bachand, is also there, and also went 1-2 yesterday, with a win over a team from North Carolina but losses to two teams from California.

And in Las Vegas, two teams from Mercer Island’s Island Thunder club with Mount Si players are at a tournament there, with both struggling on opening day yesterday. The Thunder 16’s, with Wildcats Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, went 1-2 with their lone win coming against a Canadian team. Meanwhile, the Thunder 18’s, with MSHS’ Emma Anderson, went winless in three matches.

Play in these events continues today, with it already underway this morning at the Salt Lake City tournament, with the Sudden Impact Tsunami falling to a California team.

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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