Volleyball and golf news

Time to talk some volleyball. Mercer Island-based Island Thunder Volleyball’s 18’s had a strong showing at this year’s Amateur Athletic Union national club volleyball tournament, despite how it ended for the locals yesterday.

Island Thunder, with Mount Si High School grads Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners, both of whom were playing their final club match as high school players yesterday, fell to the Indiana-based Circle City Black in the first round of their 18U Premier division “Ruby” playoff bracket at the national event, down in Orlando. Despite that loss, Island Thunder finished the tournament with a solid 5-4 record and a tie for 17th overall out of the 37 teams in the division as this week’s tournament.

ITVC was among a number of Washington teams in the tournament.

Also this morning from around volleyball:

Foote’s team continuing to face tough competition at nationals: The Kent Juniors’ 12’s players perhaps have had a very eye-opening experience this week at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Detroit, and that experience continued yesterday, with two more matches, both of which they fell in, these to teams from Florida and Wisconsin. The squad, coached by Mount Si head coach Bonnie Foote and which features her daughter Isabelle, continues play today looking to improve with every play and every point.

KJ earned a trip to nationals with a regional berth earlier this season, and the players are primarily from south and southeast King County.

Mixed bag after first day in the desert: Four local teams with MSHS players had mixed showings, mostly good, against a strong field of California and Arizona teams in the first day of action yesterday at the Volleyball Festival tournament down in Phoenix.

Bellevue’s Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Blue, with Wildcat Megan Underbrink, led the local delegation, going 3-0 in day one action yesterday. Two other teams – Northwest’s 15’s, with Lexi Niehaus and Megan Simpson, and the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 17’s, with Bellah Gogan, opened the tournament with 2-1 records in the first day of action. Rounding it out, NWJ’s 18’s, with Dana Dolan and Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen, went 1-2 on day one.

Action for all four teams continues today at the Phoenix Convention Center, with the teams expected again to face strong competition from the southwestern United States.

MI’s AbZero, with MSHS’er, wins at Soiree: The Absolute Zero Volleyball’s U18 crew, with Mount Si’s Dana Kenow, closed out the opening day last night down at the Summer Soiree tournament in Anaheim with a win over a Hawaii squad after opening play yesterday with two losses to California teams. The Mercer Island-based team continues play at that southern California event today, being held at the Anaheim Convention Center, which hosted the USA Volleyball U18 Nationals earlier this season.


Golf: Season opens for local youth golfers on WJGA tour
Seven Valley boys’ golfers opened their summer golf seasons at the Washington Junior Golf Association’s district qualifying event for the organization’s District Six down in Tacoma yesterday.

Of those, just two – the Warford’s – punched berths to districts. Mount Si’s Drew fired a one-under 70 at the par-71 Allenmore Golf Club layout to take second in the boys’ 16-18 age group and earn his trip to the district postseason event later this summer in Orting. Younger brother Hogan, a future Wildcat, carded a 76 and tied for third in the boys’ 14-15 age group and also punched a ticket to districts. Both boys live in Snoqualmie.

The remaining Valleyites – Cole Bostwick, Noah Lange, Buddy Dann, Shane Russell and Tavin Boman – did not score well enough to earn qualification. Bostwick and Lange fell just short of making it, while the other three finished well back.

There will be three more chances starting next week for the Valley youngsters to earn berths to this district event.

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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