The 2018 club volleyball season kicks off, plus hardwood news on this Sunday

Good Sunday morning. We’ll work to get you wrestling stuff from yesterday soon. We, however, start with our first look at local girls’ club volleyball for the season.

The season-opening weekend of action started up yesterday for the U-17 and U-18 teams with local athletes in the Puget Sound Region. And coming out of weekend one, it looks as if there will be some teams with locals looking to have strong seasons ahead.

We’ll start with the Sudden Impact 18’s, from Bellevue. Ex-Mount Si player Patience O’Neal is back with SI in her second season with the Bellevue organization, and she will be a key presence most likely for the 18’s “Tsunami” team, which is looking to be one of the top teams in the region. SI went 6-1 in yesterday’s play, with their lone loss coming to a Yakima team in their opener yesterday morning, and they will head into the local “Power League” as the second-ranked team in the region, meaning a strong likelihood they’ll end up at some point playing in the Platinum division tournaments later this season against top Portland-area teams.

Speaking of Sudden Impact, their 17’s team, with another ex-‘Cat, Harper Click, went 5-1 with a loss to a Seattle team and seeds 14th overall in the age group.

Another team that has designs on a trip to the Platinum division after yesterday’s opening day is the Seattle-based Seattle Juniors’ 18’s. This year’s edition features MSHS’ Bellah Gogan, and they also went 6-1 with their lone loss coming to the KJ 18’s from Kent. SJ is seeded fifth going into the first weekend of the Power League.

A third organization we’ll be watching this season is the Tacoma-based Puget Sound Volleyball Academy. They have two 18’s teams, one of which we expect will include Mount Si’s Hayley West. Both did well yesterday, going a combined 11-2 on the day, with their “Jess” team going unbeaten at 7-0 themselves and taking the top overall ranking in the region. Their second team, the “Kepa” team, will seed 23rd after a 4-2 effort yesterday. We’ll check on which team West is on, but suffice it to say, she will be on a good one one way or another.

Rounding it out, Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, with a pair of MSHS’ers, Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners, will seed 11th after a 6-1 record yesterday, falling in their finale for their lone loss of the day. That loss came to the Pierce County-based Lake Tapps team.

Today, the U-16 division gets its season started, with most of the local players and teams competing at Kentwood High School. Most of the athletes will be competing for Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors, on one of four teams – their Baden Black, or Under Armour Black, Grey and Blue teams. Players who will be featured from those squads today include Cedarcrest’s Selah Kuiken, Hannah Winston, Nicole Vanderwal and Katie Faccone, and Mount Si’s Breana Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink. Valley View, from Carnation, will also have a team competing in today’s action down at Kentwood.

We’ll wrap up this action for you on Wednesday next week as we will once again have our weekly look at the girls’ club volleyball scene. Each week, most likely on Wednesday but maybe on Thursdays some weeks depending on how busy we are with other coverage, we’ll recap the previous weekend for you, and preview the coming weekend, and this weekend will be a busy one as the first major regional tournament weekend gets rolling, for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Many of the local teams and players will be down at the big Matt Hartner Memorial tournament down in Eugene, OR, with a couple of others staying home locally for a local MLK weekend tournament. So look for that here in the SVSJ.

Now a look at last night’s basketball.

College hoops
Skagit sweeps non-conference home and home: Following a 64-61 win Friday night on their opponent’s home floor in Bellingham, the host Skagit Valley Cardinals women’s hoopsters closed out a weekend home-and-home with Northwest Indian College last night, rolling to the 66-35 win. Freshman post Mieke Van Ess, she of Duvall and a 2017 CHS alum, scored two points but collected 10 rebounds for Skagit in their victory.

Puget Sound ladies lose tough one in overtime: The Loggers could not hold the lead late in their game last night against Willamette down in Salem, OR, and fell to the Bearcats 65-64 in overtime. Junior Elizabeth Prewitt, from Snoqualmie, struggled, going just 3-10 for UPS and finishing with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. She is a 2015 MSHS grad. Puget Sound drops to 6-7 on the season, 1-3 in conference play, and returns home for action next Friday and Saturday in Tacoma.

Eagles women get steamrolled: Top-10 ranked Eastern Oregon put the game away in the first half, outscoring the host Northwest U. women 48-14 in the opening half, and cruised to a75-41 win in Kirkland last night over the Eagles. Senior Kalee Fowler, she of Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 0-5 from the floor and finished with just one point and three rebounds for Northwest, who falls to 6-11 overall, 3-5 in league play.

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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