The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for April 28

Time now for our weekly look at local girls club volleyball in USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region and where Valley players and teams stand as this spring season continues.

We were planning on bringing this to you yesterday but we neglected to do so and we apologize. So with that, here’s this week’s look.

This weekend is another somewhat light weekend for local club teams and their Valley players, with two major tournaments going on of note. The first is a national qualifier down in Reno and the second is the first weekend of local regional championship play.

Top teams in Reno seeking trip to nationals
The last chance for area teams to earn berths to the upcoming USA Volleyball Nationals starts today down in Reno, and five local teams, all with players who have ties to Mount Si High School’s program, will be in attendance.

The event is called the Far Westerns national qualifying tournament, and it’s taking place at the city’s large convention hall at the south end of downtown. The Northern California regional association is sponsoring the event, and it has drawn many teams from around the Puget Sound area in past years, and this year is no exception.

As noted, there’s five local teams we will be following in the event. These include teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact, Kent-based KJ and Mercer Island-based Island Thunder, competing in the U15-U17 age groups. Three of them will be in U16 action – Sudden Impact’s Thunder, with Mount Si’s Harper Click, will be competing in the age group’s “Open” division, while their organizational counterpart Thunder, with Click’s Wildcat teammate Sara Mitchell, will be in the American division, and the Island Thunder group, with MSHS’ Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, are competing in the USA division.

The teams will be competing for anywhere from one-three bids, with both the Open and USA divisions having the larger amounts. So for the local teams to get one of those spots, they’ll all have to do well this weekend. Sudden Impact’s 17’s, with former Mount Si’er Patience O’Neal, and KJ’s 15’s, with Wildcat Victoria BearBow, are also there, competing in their respective age group’s Open divisions, and both of those will have three berths available to the nationals.

The teams will be competing against a large field of teams from around the western United States, primarily northern California, and will be doing so in front of a large cadre of college coaches and scouts. Tournament organizers report that among the schools who will be there watching players include many of the Northwest’s NCAA Division I schools, such as Gonzaga, Washington State, Eastern Washington, the U-Dub, the University of Puget Sound, Oregon State, Corban, Western Oregon, Montana, Montana State, Idaho, Boise State, Idaho State, Boise State and the University of Portland.

Action is underway right now and will continue all weekend.

RidgeValley in regional championships
Snoqualmie-based RidgeValley wraps up its season tomorrow with their U12-U14 teams competing in the season-ending Puget Sound Regional Championships. RidgeValley is the upper Snoqualmie Valley’s local club organization, run by Mount Si High School head volleyball coach Bonnie Foote with the idea of providing Valley girls an opportunity to learn the skills necessary and get quality competition, all in an effort to prepare the players for their time in the Wildcat high school program when they reach that level.

RV’s 12’s will compete in action at Curtis High School in University Place, outside of Tacoma, while the 13’s are up at Bothell High School and the 14’s head to Fife for action at that community’s Columbia Junior High School. The tournaments are tomorrow, and should last all day.

Regional championships for the U15-18 age levels are next weekend, and we’ll preview that for you here next week. Throughout this weekend, we’ll keep you updated on all of this weekend’s action.

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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