Volleyball update

Quick volleyball update for you on this Sunday, as the three weekend tournaments featuring local athletes continue today. The first day of the President’s Day holiday weekend events was yesterday, with mixed results. Here’s a look at how things are going thus far.

Las Vegas Classic: Both teams with Valley players competing in this Southern California Volleyball Association event down in Sin City this weekend started the tournament out strong yesterday. Both the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, and the Seattle-based Seattle Juniors 18’s, went 3-0 on day one. Island Thunder, with Mount Si’s Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners, and SJ, with Wildcat teammate Bellah Gogan, continue play today against a national field that largely includes California teams – both teams had wins against Golden State squads yesterday.

Triple Crown tournament, Salt Lake City: All three local squads with Valley players went 1-2 on opening day yesterday, hurting their chances for high placing finishes when the weekend wraps up tomorrow. The win for Tacoma-based Puget Sound 17’s, with MSHS’ Hayley West, came against a California team, while the wins for two Bellevue-based Sudden Impact squads with former Wildcats Patience O’Neal and Harper Click came against teams from Nevada and Texas. Play continues in that event today.

Northwest Juniors tournament, Auburn/Kent: The local tournament features all eight squads from Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors with Valley players, and leading the group on day one was the NWJ 16’s Baden Black. This team, with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston, was the only one of the eight to go 3-0 yesterday on opening day, with two of the wins coming against teams from Oregon. The NWJ 16’s UnderArmour Black and Blue, and the NWJ’s 15’s Under Armour Blue, all went 2-1 yesterday. The 16’s teams feature CHS’ Katie Faccone and Nicole Vanderwal along with MSHS’ Breana Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, while the 15’s team features Wildcats Lexi Niehaus and Megan Simpson. Play in that event continues today.

We’ll keep you posted.

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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