Mount Si volleyball falls to Eastlake, while CHS scores win….plus other news from volleyball on this Friday

We continue with volleyball, and we have a lot of it to get to, but first, Mount Si.

Mount Si High School’s volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw Thursday night at home known as the Eastlake Wolves. Eastlake controlled almost the entire match and rolled to a three-set sweep of the Wildcats, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17.

Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote, needless to say, was disappointed. “We’re just not playing great right now,” she said. “Our serve-receive is struggling, our offense is struggling. We’re working on the right things in practice and I’m seeing little sparks of here and there, things that are getting better. I think we’re still trying to find a lineup, to be honest with you.”

Eastlake broke out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set then cruised from there to take set one. Seniors Hayley Barney and Tessa Woerner and sophomore Anna Ilstrup did most of the damage in the match for the Wolves, and those three were focal in the first frame, which ended with a kill by Wolve sophomore Peytra Seybold.

The Wolves midway through the second frame broke open a close set with a 6-1 run and rolled from there. A Mount Si service error ended the middle frame in Eastlake’s favor. The Wildcats, though, responded to open the third set. Dana Kenow guided Mount Si with solid serving, including a couple of aces, and Mount Si found a way to take Eastlake out of rhythm temporarily, as they built a 9-1 lead. Eastlake coach Jana Tonnahill, though, called time out to get her team back on track, and get back on track they did in a big way, outscoring Mount Si 16-1 in a stretch following that opening blitz by the Wildcats to retake command.

Mount Si worked to respond to that but the Wolves once again took care of business down the stretch, and the match ended on a hitting violation called on officials by the Wildcats, a microcosm of what was not a great night at the office for the team. Foote especially was disappointed in some of those so-called “unforced” errors such as that hitting violation by her team. “I feel like we beat ourselves sometimes and I feel like that’s kind of been our mantra this season,” she said.

Mount Si now is out on the road for the next two weeks, with games against Issaquah and Skyline next week. “Maybe it will be good to get out of here for awhile,” Foote said.

C team falls:The Wildcat C-team fell to the Wolves, 25-11, 25-18, 13-15. Natalie Morse led the way for Mount Si, with 17 digs, two assists and two aces, while Kaili Tachell aided the efforts for the Wildcats, with a kill, an ace, six digs and six assists. Laura Anderson pitched in five digs, two kills and three aces, while Christa McCullough rounded it out for Mount Si with four kills, two digs and an assist. Mount Si plays Issaquah on Tuesday at Issaquah High School.

Bothell beats Mount Si varsity, JV
The Cougars took care of both Mount Si’s varsity and JV on Tuesday night, with the Bothell varsity beating the Wildcats in four, 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 25-18, and the Cougar JV sweeping in three, 25-21, 25-21, 15-9.

The Wildcat varsity was led by Bellah Gogan’s 13 kills, five aces, six digs and a block, and Lillian Bachand’s 26 digs, three aces and an assist. Jessica Hanners pitched in 13 assists and six digs, while Emma Anderson added five kills, 12 digs, eight assists, two aces and a block. Chloe Stewart’s 18 digs led Mount Si’s JV, while Megan Simpson added seven assists, two aces and eight digs. Victoria BearBow added nine digs to the Wildcat JV efforts.

Cedarcrest varsity sweeps
The Red Wolves varsity rebounded from being swept on Wednesday by South Whidbey by doing a little sweeping of their own last night, taking care of visiting Sammamish in three, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17, at home in Duvall.

Kami Leslie led CHS with 27 assists and three aces, while Casey Spurr added three aces herself along with nine digs. The Red Wolves also got three aces with seven kills from Gabby Brown, and six kills from Taeler Gerde as they won their second game of the season.

CHS is competing tomorrow at the Reach the Peak tournament in Snohomish hosted by Glacier Peak High School. They resume league play next Thursday at home against Sultan, who they’ve already beaten once this season, back on September 14.

Mount Si tournament results
The Wildcat varsity and JV competed last weekend in Kent tournaments.

JV wins playoff bracket, does well at K-M event: Mount Si’s JV’s recovered from a slow start and won their playoff bracket, finishing 4-2 at the Kent-Meridian tournament last Saturday. Mount Si beat Orting to open the event, then after falling to both Kennedy and Tahoma, won three straight playoff matches, including another victory over Orting, to take that bracket. Simpson on the six games had a staggering 89 assists to go with 27 digs, 10 aces, a kill and 1 ½ blocks, but Stewart was even busier, recording 119 digs on the day with 15 aces, nine assists and a kill. Megan Underbrink had a decent day, with 17 kills, 21 digs, six blocks and an ace, but Lizzie Belceto was an even bigger factor for Mount Si, with 33 kills, 32 digs, 17 aces, an assist and a block.

Wildcat varsity holds own at Kent Classic: Mount Si’s varsity tied three matches of the five they ended up playing on Saturday, and didn’t fare as well as they would have liked in the very tough 30-team event. The Wildcats split both of their morning pool matches against Mount Vernon and Prairie, from Clark County, then beat Skyview from Camas before tying Kamiak from Mukilteo in the afternoon session. Lakeside from Seattle beat Mount Si in the playoff match in three.

Breana Fitzgerald led the Wildcats in kills with 22 on the day, followed by Hayley West with 20. Hanners had 41 assists in the five matches while Bachand had 46 digs.

Colleges: Gonzaga ekes out win in five over Santa Clara, despite Valleyite’s contribution
The Bulldogs won a back-and-forth thriller Thursday night with the host Broncos in a West Coast Conference match down in the Bay Area. Scores were 24-19, 24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14 for the ladies from Spokane as they held off a strong Santa Clara effort, which also included a small contribution from a Valleyite.

North Bend’s Anna McCreadie had two kills in limited action for the Broncos. She is a sophomore and 2015 Mount Si HS graduate.

Santa Clara hosts Portland today.

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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