From the hardwood and volleyball floor on this Wednesday, with the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for February 7

Good Wednesday morning. We’ll have our weekly look at girls’ volleyball in a moment, but first, some news from the hardwood last night. Mount Si and Cedarcrest basketball teams know who their opening playoff opponents will be.

First, from the boys. The Red Wolves boys finished as a seventh seed in the Northwest District and will host 10th-seeded Sammamish tomorrow night at 7:00 in Duvall. CHS played the Totems over the winter break at Sammamish HS in Bellevue, with the Totems winning. The Mount Si boys finished third in Kingco 4A and will play Newport Friday. The league website has the game listed as a neutral site game for Skyline High School; we’ll check on that for you and confirm that. We can tell you that one possible reason for the game possibly not being at MSHS is due to the damage to the gym floor; those of you who were at the games last Friday know what we are referring to – the taped-up portion of the floor in front of the visitor’s bench and in front of the doorway closest to the restrooms. There was some apparent water damage to that area which happened a couple of weeks ago. We’ll check to see if that has anything to do with this and let you know. CHS’ girls will host Anacortes, also on Friday; the Seahawks advanced into this Friday’s clash with a win last night over SHS’s girls’ team in a loser-out game up in Skagit County. The Red Wolves and Anacortes met earlier this season.

Club volleyball heats up this weekend
Now to the volleyball, and this week’s look at the local girls’ club volleyball scene within USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region, here in the SVSJ.

This past weekend was an off weekend for all local teams and players as they got a chance to rest up following a busy January of early season local and regional tournaments. This coming weekend, though, returns the many teams with Valley players to the tournament stage, with more local and regional action in advance of the big President’s Day weekend tournaments.

The feature action this weekend will be down in southwest Washington on Sunday, in Longview at Lower Columbia College. The Platinum Division tournament will feature eight of the top teams in the Puget Sound region up against eight of the top teams from the Portland area. Two of the teams, both U-18’s, from our area will feature players with Mount Si High School ties.

The first of those is the Puget Sound Volleyball Academy 17’s, from Tacoma. This squad features MSHS junior Hayley West, and they sit ranked second locally in the U-18 division with a strong 11-1 local record, so they should be in a good position to do well this weekend. For this weekend’s tournament, the 17’s are seeded third and will meet teams from Kent and the Portland area in their opening round of pool play.

The other team is the Bellevue-based Sudden Impact 18’s, with ex-Wildcat Paitence O’Neal. They, too, are among the best locally, with a 9-2 overall record, and are ranked in the top eight overall. SI for this weekend’s tournament is seeded fifth and will meet the Puget Sound 18’s crew along with a pair of Oregon teams; the PS18’s are the top-ranked team in the Puget Sound region.

The event will run all day down at LCC and it costs $5 to get in. There is a separate Platinum event also going on Sunday down in Ridgefield, in Clark County, for the U-16 teams; none of the local teams in that field has Valley athletes competing.

Meanwhile, back here locally, the “Power League” will return for its second weekend of local action. Sites and other information should be announced for that event later today or tomorrow, with the top teams to keep an eye on including the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, with MSHS’ Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners, and the Seattle-based Seattle Juniors 18’s, featuring Wildcat Bellah Gogan. Both of those teams sit just outside the top eight ranking, so a strong showing this weekend could see one or both of these teams make it into the next round of Platinum play.

Should be a good weekend of action ahead both locally and down south. We’ll wrap all that action up for you next week at this time, and also preview the holiday weekend tournaments.

This has been your weekly look at girls’ club volleyball here in the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal.

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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