Weekend club volleyball tournaments continue, with plenty of Valley representation

Things are going to wind down today at three major weekend volleyball tournaments on this Presidents’ Day holiday, all of which feature area teams with Valley girls competing. There’s a total of over a dozen girls from all over the Valley competing on a number of different teams participating in this weekend’s events.

We start with the local tournament, the Northwest Juniors’ Presidents’ Day event, being held at sites around King County.

It was a great day for the Bellevue-based club’s 15’s UA White, featuring Cedarcrest High School’s Hannah Winston. NWJ swept all three matches, with wins over local rivals from Bremerton, Lynnwood and Mount Vernon, to go to 4-2 on the weekend and put themselves in a solid position in the U15 “Open” division. Northwest’s 16’s UA Blue also won all three of their matches yesterday, with wins over teams both from Seattle and Portland. This team, with Mount Si High School’s Kamryn Smith and Annaliese Jensen, looks to close out strong in its home tournament today. Their age group counterparts from NWJ’s 16’s Black also fared well, going 2-1; this team features Cedarcrest HS’s Taeler Gerde and beat teams from Seattle and Portland.

Things, however, went dramatically different yesterday for Kent’s KJ 15’s. This team, with Mount Si High School’s Victoria BearBow, started play on Saturday winning all three matches and showing why they’ve been among the best clubs in the U15 age level around the region all season. Yesterday, though, proved to be a challenge, as they fell in all three of those matches to drop to 3-3 on the tournament.

It remained a struggle as well for NWJ’s 15’s Baden Blue, with Cedarcrest HS’s Shareni Ojeda, as they, too, were winless on Sunday and now drop to 1-5 on the weekend. The NWJ 15’s UA Grey, with Red Wolve Selah Kuiken, beat a Spokane-area team yesterday for its lone win on the day to go to 2-4 overall on the tournament.

Bellevue-based Sudden Impact’s 16 Tornado, with MSHS’ Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, had a solid day yesterday, winning two of three matches against teams from eastern Washington.

Snoqualmie-based RidgeValley’s entry into the event, the 14’s, also struggled a bit yesterday, dropping a pair of matches after opening the weekend with four straight wins, including three on Saturday. They look to rebound today.

In out-of-town action, things went a bit better yesterday for a couple of the teams with local players competing at the Triple Crown tournament in Salt Lake City.

KJ’s 17’s, with Mount Si’s Lillian Bachand, moved to 3-3 on the weekend with a pair of wins yesterday; KJ beat teams from Utah and Arizona. Likewise, Sudden Impact’s 16 Thunder is also starting today at .500 after two wins yesterday; the squad, with Wildcat Harper Click, picked their wins up over teams from California and New Mexico.

Sudden Impact’s 17 Storm, with ex-MSHS’er Patience O’Neal, was 1-2 yesterday to move to 2-4 overall; their win came over a team from Texas. The SI 18’s Tsunami struggled, going winless yesterday to drop to 1-5 on the weekend. This team features Wildcat senior Courteney Carr, who has signed with Northwest University.

In Las Vegas, the two teams from Mercer Island-based Island Thunder had mixed efforts yesterday as they move into today’s final day of play at the Las Vegas Classic.

Island Thunder’s 18’s, with Mount Si’s Emma Anderson, won their first two matches yesterday, to move to 2-4 overall on the weekend. They split two matches with Canadian teams, and also beat a California squad. Island Thunder’s 16’s Black, with MSHS’s Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, was 1-2 yesterday, with their win coming against a Canadian team. They now also are 2-4 on the weekend.

Action in all three tournaments wraps up today. We’ll have a full wrap for you here tomorrow.

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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