The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for February 28, and a diamond note as well……

Good Wednesday morning. Light morning this morning as the high school spring sports season gets started up. Volleyball in a moment, but first baseball.

From the diamond last night, one college baseball game of note and that was Seattle University playing down in Eugene, OR, last night against the Oregon Ducks. Oregon won 14-0. Both of SU’s Valley players participated in last night’s contest. Alden Huschle, from North Bend, allowed four runs, three earned, on just one hit, walking three and hitting a batter as well in 1/3 inning of relief work. Blaine Wagner, from Duvall, caught for the Redhawks and recorded two defensive putouts with no official at-bats. Both players are sophomores this spring with Huschle a 2016 Mount Si HS grad and Wagner a 2016 Cedarcrest grad.

SU drops to 5-4 on the season with the loss.

SVSJ volleyball report for February 28
This week’s look at the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region girls’ club scene begins with some excellent news to report as a former MSHS player and her team will once again be getting a chance to compete at nationals this spring.

The Bellevue-based Sudden Impact 18’s Tsunami, with former Wildcat Patience O’Neal on their roster, won this past weekend’s regional bid tournament and earned a trip to the USA Volleyball Nationals, to be held down in Anaheim at the end of April, the 27th-29th to be specific, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

We don’t know which division they will be playing in, but to earn their trip, they beat out 13 other local teams, including a pair with current Wildcat players. The Seattle Juniors’ 18’s and Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, with MSHS’ers Bellah Gogan, Jessica Hanners and Emma Anderson respectively, also competed in the tournament, and both teams finished in the middle of the pack. Seattle made the championship playoffs, but fell in the first round to finish in a tie for fifth, while IT did not make the playoffs at all and finished in a tie for ninth.

SI beat Seattle-based Space Needle Waves to win the tournament, so a congrats to O’Neal, who now attends Tahoma High in Maple Valley, and her teammates, which include several names Mount Si fans should be familiar with from Kingco 4A play, including Claire Siefkes from Issaquah and Sara Aito from Skyline.

This weekend: Local Power League play resumes, with matches in all age groups scheduled for various locations this Saturday and Sunday. For more information, head to the regional website, which we have linked in our news links. Another round of Platinum Division play should also be taking place this weekend featuring the top teams from Washington and Oregon clashing somewhere in southwest Washington. The Tacoma-based Puget Sound 17’s team, with MSHS’ Hayley West, which at the moment is the top-ranked team in the U-18 division, is expected to be in that event.

We’ll be sure to have a full wrap for you on all the action next week here.

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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