Volleyball, soccer and more on this Saturday

To volleyball now and the first day of the second weekend of action at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier national qualifier tournament in Spokane did not go well for any of the seven teams with local ties competing in this weekend’s competition. None finished above .500 in opening day action, with only four of the teams getting wins at all. Those included the Kent Juniors 12’s, coached by MSHS head volleyball coach Bonnie Foote and which features her daughter Isabelle on the team, along with teams from Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors, including the U16’s UnderArmour Black, Blue and Grey, which include CHS players Katie Faccone and Selah Kuiken and MSHS’ Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink.

With the struggles from day one, none of the teams are expected now to earn national tournament berths to the USA Volleyball Nationals later this summer in Detroit, although KJ, as you know from our coverage of it a couple weeks ago, has a berth lined up from their successful efforts at the recent Puget Sound bid tournament.

Action continues through the rest of the weekend in the Inland Northwest.

Also this morning:

Mount Si falls: The Wildcat boys dropped a 2-1 road loss at Newport last night to fall to 2-2-2 on the season. Stats are not available. Mount Si is home Tuesday to meet Skyline at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

Top-ranked team in country handles Mount Olive ladies: The top team in NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse, Florida Southern, hit the pitch in Mount Olive, NC, yesterday against the host Trojans and left with a 25-14 win over MOU. Freshman defender Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, had a solid day on defense, recording five ground balls and four forced turnovers for the Trojans.

Track & Field
Valley athletes in Bay Area: A pair of meets down in the Bay Area had Valley entrants competing yesterday.

At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival at SFSU’s campus in San Francisco, three locals took on top foes in distance action. In the women’s 5000m, Washington State sophomore Melissa Hruska, from Snoqualmie and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, finished 48th, clocking 17 minutes, 41.68 seconds. Meanwhile in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Western Washington freshman Ian Fay, from Duvall and a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad, took eighth in his heat, and 57th overall, clocking 9:53.30. Fellow Red Wolve alum Quinn Radbourne, from Carnation, also competed, taking 135th in the men’s 5000m, clocking 15:18. 84.

Meanwhile, down the 101 to Palo Alto, and at the Stanford Invitational, University of Washington freshman Hannah Waskom fared well in her heat of the women’s 5000m, clocking 17:32.13 to take 15th in the heat. She is from Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad.

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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