Snoqualmie team wins regional volleyball title, plus news from volleyball, the water and lacrosse

The RidgeValley 14’s “Black” girls’ volleyball team won their division at the Puget Sound Regional Championships yesterday in Renton after going unbeaten throughout the weekend tournament.
Front row (from left to right): Alyssa Underbrink, Clara Schlotfeldt, Molly Harris, Brenna Schattenkerk.
Back row (from left to right): Alyssa Schultz (coach), Paige Phelps, Anna Navidi, Jordan Raybon, Emma Saffel, Annie Lorenz, Katie Kophs, Mya Stewart, Colleen Lenahan (coach).
Not pictured: players Aziza Rashid and Grayci Wagner.
(Photo courtesy RidgeValley Volleyball, taken by parent Kayla Underbrink)

Time for other stuff we weren’t able to bring you from this past weekend.

First, volleyball.

What a fine weekend it was for RidgeValley Volleyball’s U-14 “Black” team at the Puget Sound Regional Championships.

The Snoqualmie-based team went 9-0 and won the 14’s “Turquoise” division title at the championships yesterday, held at the Lair Courts facility in Renton. RVVB beat the top-seed Uprising team in the semifinals, then took care of Bothell-based Northshore Juniors in the finals in three sets in the best-of-three match to win it all.

Here’s more from the team, who sent us this.

RidgeValley 14 Black went undefeated this weekend at Puget Sound Region’s Junior Regional Championship in the Turquoise Division. RidgeValley came into the weekend ranked 10th in a 23-team field determined by their performance in Power League competition throughout the season. They finished the first round of pool play in first place and moved into the Gold division of the tournament. During the last match on Saturday, RidgeValley staged an impressive comeback after dropping set one to Whatcom Impact VBC. The team found themselves facing match point down 16-24. Outside hitter Mya Stewart stepped back to serve and had a string of aces and tough serves that brought RidgeValley back to win set two 28-26, after which they prevailed in set three with a score of 15-5.

Day two of tournament play started with resounding victories over 206 and Northwest Juniors Baden Black, making RidgeValley first in their second round of pool play and headed for the Gold Championship Bracket. In their first match of bracket play, RidgeValley took on Northwest Juniors Baden Blue. “Something magical was happening,” said Assistant Coach Colleen Lenahan. “They were firing on all cylinders and excelling at all aspects of the game. But more than that, they were playing together as a team more than we have ever seen them all season. It was exciting to watch.”

RidgeValley ended up meeting Uprising 14-Green for a second time in bracket play after beating them by a narrow margin on day one. After a tough first set, it seemed like their luck had finally ran out, but the team managed to rally together to win set two and take that momentum into a 15-6 third set.

The championship match was against a scrappy Northshore Juniors team. After winning 25-23 in set one, the momentum shifted and RidgeValley dropped set two 20-25. Determined to win after fighting so hard to get to the championship match, RidgeValley took the court for set three and blew Northshore off the court, with middle blocker Emma Saffel serving ace after ace. When the final point was scored, RidgeValley players, coaches, and parents erupted into celebration.

“We are so proud of how the girls stepped up and fought in each match of this tournament.” said Head Coach Alyssa Schultz. “There were some very hard-fought battles that all came down to the girls playing together as one, cheering each other on, and just competing hard. We kept saying, ‘This is what it’s all about!’ It was so fun to watch as a coach.”

The team is comprised primarily of students from the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Players on the team include Saffel, Stewart, Molly Harris, Katherine Kophs, Anna Lorenz, Anna Navidi, Paige Phelps, Aziza Rashid, Jordan Raybon, Brenna Schattenkerk, Clara Schlotfeldt, Alyssa Underbrink and Grayci Wagner.

We’ll have more on this coming up on Wednesday, but a quick shoutout to them on their success.

We should also mention that a couple of other RidgeValley teams, along with Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote’s KJ U-12 team, competed at the regional tournament this past weekend. We’ll have a full wrap on all of that as well in our weekly segment on Wednesday.


Mixed results for local teams with Valley players at USAV Nationals: We, for various reasons, also didn’t get an opportunity to bring you coverage over this weekend from the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic 18’s girls’ volleyball national tournament going on down in southern California. The event, which started last Friday and wrapped up yesterday, featured a pair of teams from our area with local connections.

The Seattle Juniors 18’s had a strong season this spring in the local Puget Sound Region, and they closed out the year in style over the weekend, going 9-2 in the event down at the Anaheim Convention Center in the 18’s Patriot Division. The team, featuring Mount Si’s Bellah Gogan, faced teams primarily from California during the tournament, but also saw teams from Wisconsin, Texas, Arizona and Idaho.

The going was not as good for Bellevue-based Sudden Impact, who finished 29th in the National division going 2-4 on the weekend. This club, with ex-Wildcat Patience O’Neal, faced teams from all over the United States, beating teams from Arizona and New York but fell to teams from California, Arkansas, Florida and North Carolina.

Both of these teams will next play again over Memorial Day weekend to close out the 2018 campaign.


First college season comes to close for Snoqualmie’s Olsson: Mount Olive University (NC)’s women’s lacrosse team fell in an 11-10 heartbreaker this past Saturday to Belmont Abbey in the NCAA Division II Carolinas Conference semifinals in South Carolina, as the third-seeded Belmont team scored the tying and what turned out to be the game-winning goals within the final three minutes of the contest to rally from a late deficit to stun the Trojans. MOU finishes the season 14-5. Freshman Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for the Trojans and had no stats of note reported. She finished the season playing in – and starting in – all 19 games, with 23 ground balls and 17 forced turnovers. That second stat was fourth-best on the team in that category.

Mount Si boys fall at Juanita: In their only action of last week, the Wildcat boys’ lacrosse crew fell on the road at Juanita, 14-3. Chris Haycock had two goals leading Mount Si, while Stegner Bell had a hat trick of three goals, along with an assist, for the Rebels, in the game held last Thursday night at the Kirkland Lacrosse Center. Mount Si, winless in Kingco at 0-7 this season, is at Eastlake tomorrow, then wraps up the season with a home-and-home against Newport. Thursday, the game is at Newport High School in Bellevue and the season ends on Saturday with the two teams playing at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Game time for that one is 5:00 p.m.

Wildcat girls on win streak: Mount Si’s girls are on a win streak, having won both their matches last week.

Last Tuesday, they handled Holy Names 12-8 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle, backed by another reliably strong performance from Jessica Morris. Morris scored seven goals – yes, seven goals – and also had an assist leading the Wildcats. Gabrielle Krueger added a pair of goals and an assist as well for Mount Si. Goals also were scored by Isabelle Alati (who had two assists), Riordan Roche, Maia Rezoski (who had an assist) and Hillary Curd, and goalie Tessa Lewis made 16 saves for the Wildcats. Emma Cutner had four goals for Holy Names.

Morris had a hat trick of three goals, along with two assists, helping Mount Si to an 11-4 win over Klahowya from Bremerton last Thursday at home in Fall City. Emme Rezoski added two goals and an assist for the Wildcats, who also had goals from Curd (who scored twice), Maja Cornett, Roche, Krueger (who had an assist) and Sam Smith (who also had an assist). Alati and Maia Rezoski each also assisted on goals for Mount Si.

The Wildcats are now on a three-game win streak that has moved them to a solid 6-4 on the season, and they are at Mount Si High School tonight hosting Bellingham, then wrap the season on Thursday at Issaquah. Tonight’s senior night game – the final game for Mount Si seniors – is at 7:00 p.m.

SPU ladies – with Valleyite aboard – finish second in novice division race at regional championships: Seattle Pacific University’s women’s novice eight crew boat, with Snoqualmie’s Kali Barlow aboard, took second this past weekend at the Grand Final of the novice eight division of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships in Sacramento.

Barlow, a freshman and 2017 Mount Si HS grad, and her teammates came across in 7:25.50, seven seconds behind winner UC Irvine. Barlow was in the third seat from the front of the boat holding down significant responsibilities for her team’s success, and the Falcons used her contributions well to get that win.

Mount Si grads compete in eastern Washington rivalry clash: This past Saturday near Spokane saw Gonzaga and Washington State’s women hit the water for the annual Fawley Cup, with WSU winning it sweeping all of the races.

WSU’s second varsity four – featuring Fall City’s Sara Brevick – won their race, clocking 7:26.21 and beat their Cougar teammates in a second boat for that top spot in the race. Meanwhile, WSU’s varsity eight beat GU’s varsity eight boat – with North Bend’s Laura McCallum aboard – by five seconds to win that race. Time for GU in that one was 6:29.66 on the course at Silver Lake west of Spokane.

Brevick is a junior while McCallum is a freshman. Both are Mount Si High School grads.

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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