A note from college lacrosse, and the SVSJ’s volleyball report for February 21, all on this “hump day” Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning.

With the high school sports scene taking a bit of a hiatus this week in advance of the start of spring sports next week, it’s going to be a light rest of the week. We do have a couple of items of note this morning, though.

We first start with college women’s lacrosse, and the Mount Olive of North Carolina ladies fell for the first time last night despite the efforts of their Valley freshman.

MOU fell 11-10 to rival Catawba on the road in Salisbury, NC. Freshman Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for the Trojans and recorded a pair of ground balls and forced turnovers each in that role.

Mount Olive is at Lenoir-Rhyne this weekend. Now to our volleyball report for this week.

The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for February 21
The girls’ club scene in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region is starting to heat up after another big weekend of tournaments this past weekend, leading into the start of another big weekend for the older age groups.

This past weekend, as we had been covering for you here, teams with Valley players competed in one of three tournaments, locally in south King County, or out of town in Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. We wrapped up the action in Vegas for you yesterday, with the strong finishes for the Seattle Juniors 18’s and Island Thunder 18’s, both with MSHS players (Bellah Gogan, Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners respectively). We, do, still have some action to wrap up from both the Salt Lake and local events for you.

Salt Lake: We mentioned yesterday the efforts of Tacoma-based Puget Sound Academy 17’s, with Wildcat Hayley West, as they finished third in their division there at the Triple Crown event. But two other teams – both from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact – were also there, and the squads, both with ex-Wildcats (Patience O’Neal with the 18’s and Harper Click with the 17’s ended up with decent results as well. The 17’s finished in a tie for 16th out of over 40 teams in that “17 Club” division PSVBA was also competing in, and the 18’s took a tie for 13th out of over 30 teams in the “18 Club” division. Both teams finished around .500 on the weekend.

Northwest Juniors, Auburn/Kent: We mentioned the Bellevue-based NWJ 16’s Baden Black yesterday and the strong finish for that team with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston. We also made note of the 16’s Under Armour Blue, with a couple of MSHS players, and their solid results as well. However, there were several other teams from that club with either Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School athletes in the event, and here’s a roundup of where all of those teams finished up.

• 18’s Under Armour Blue (Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen and Dana Dolan, both MSHS): Played in the Bronze playoff bracket in the “18 Open” division Mon., finished as the runner-up there and ended up tied for 18th out of 32 teams in the division
• 17’s Under Armour Blue (Emily Dann, Lizzie Belceto and Chloe Stewart, all MSHS): Played in a lower playoff flight in the “18 Open” division and fell in the opening playoff game Monday, ending up tying for 21st out of 32 teams in the division
• 16’s Under Armour Black (Katie Faccone and Nicole Vanderwal, both CHS): Played in the “16 Open” division Silver playoff bracket Monday, and fell in opening game, finishing in a tie for 13th of 28 teams in the division
• 16’s Under Armour Grey (Selah Kuiken, CHS): Played in a lower flight playoff bracket of the “16 Open” division Monday, and made the semis of those playoffs, ending up tied for 25th out of 28 teams in the division
• 15’s Under Armour Blue (Megan Simpson and Lexie Niehaus, both MSHS): Played in the “15 Open” Silver playoffs Monday and made the bracket semis, finishing in a tie for 13th out of 31 teams entered in the division
• 15’s Under Armour Grey (Ava Mundy, CHS; coach is CHS alum Kendall Koch): Played in a lower-level playoff bracket in “15 Open” division Monday, and fell in the first playoff game, ending up tied for 29th out 31 teams in the division

In total, there are eight teams from Northwest this season that have Valley players, all in the 15’s and older age groups.

All of the teams had a strong weekend regardless of the end result, as they all competed against the best teams from around the Northwest.

Taking a look at this coming weekend, the weekend will be busy for the 17’s and 18’s teams as they have their first crack at making the USA Volleyball Nationals tournament, which for those age groups is held earlier than the main national event during the summer. The 18’s nationals take place at the end of April down at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. The nationals for the remaining age groups happen from June 25-July 4 in Detroit.

This weekend’s event is the regional bid qualifier tournament, with the winner receiving a bid to the 18’s nationals in southern California. Expected to participate are the Seattle Juniors, Island Thunder and Sudden Impact 18’s teams, along with the Puget Sound 17’s. The Northwest Juniors’ 18’s Blue team we mentioned above could also compete, but that is not determined yet. We’ll monitor things for you this weekend and have a full roundup next Wednesday here in this segment.

This has been this week’s volleyball report here in the SVSJ.

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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