Mount Si volleyball into final weeks of season, plus college volleyball wrap on this Sunday

Let’s talk some volleyball now and wrap up this past week for Mount Si High School’s volleyball team.

The win for Mount Si this past Wednesday night was a special one for their four seniors, as they took care of Newport in four sets 25-17, 24-26, 25-13, 25-21. Final numbers from that one which we didn’t have for you right away but do for you now included some strong games from their senior crew. Kami Smith led the way with 19 assists, 10 digs and nine aces, while Bellah Gogan added 13 kills, 15 digs and three aces. Hayley West had seven kills, a block, three aces and 10 digs while Sarah Kaitlyn Mitchell added four kills, two assists, two aces and three digs.

Mitchell will remember her four years in the program well. “It’s been a great four years at Mount Si being on the varsity team. It’s just been a really great experience with Foote and all the girls,” she said. “Sad it’s coming to an end sometime soon, but hoping we’ll go far this season.”

The win for Mount Si last Wednesday came off a loss last Monday at Issaquah. The Eagles swept in three 25-13, 25-21, 25-20 despite a solid 23 assist, 10 dig and three ace effort from Dana Dolan. Wesy added six aces and 10 digs, while Bailey Showalter pitched in eight kills and three digs.

The Wildcats tomorrow finish the regular season at Inglemoor with a 7:00 first serve, then the Kingco 4A Tournament starts Thursday. The seeding will be decided based out of tomorrow’s results. Mount Si has clinched anywhere from a sixth-eighth seed into the tournament, and will lock up the sixth seed, and a date with the third-seeded team to be determined Thursday, with either a win against the Vikings or a Bothell loss at Eastlake. Mount Si and Bothell are currently tied for sixth in Kingco 4A with 3-5 league records, but the Wildcats hold the head-to-head matchup advantage with their win over the Cougars earlier this season.

Despite knowing they’ll be in, Mitchell believes that the team will continue to give it their all as the playoffs get going. “We’ve got to keep persevering and striving towards our goal of getting through playoffs and working hard this year. The grind never stops,” she said. The keys to success, according to the senior, are simple. Unity and confidence, baby. “I think just to be confident in ourselves and working together as a team and just persevering through every play, every day,” she said.

Mount Si will need just one win in the league tournament to make districts. Mitchell believes the team can go far. Real far. “I think we can go to state if we really wanted to,” she said. “I think we can keep working hard and push through and make it.”

Mount Si JV’s defeat Newport, fall to Issy: The Wildcat JV rolled to a win Wednesday night over Newport 25-10, 25-12, 25-8. Tori BearBow led the way with 12 digs, a kill and an assist for Mount Si while Megan Simpson pounded out 14 assists, six aces and five digs. The win came off a loss last Monday against the Eagles in Issaquah, 22-25, 27-25, 25-15. Lexi Niehaus led the way that night for the Wildcats, with 13 kills and 10 digs, while BearBow pitched in 12 digs, two assists and a kill. Abby Fletcher added 14 kills, nine digs, two assists, two aces and a block while Clara Schlotfeldt recorded 28 assists, six digs and an ace. The Wildcats finish the season tomorrow at Inglemoor. Game time is 5:30 prior to the varsity game at 7:00.

Wildcat “C” splits week: One of the lessons that “C”-teamers learn during the course of the season is how to deal with adversity and respond well to it. Well, like a lot of other things this season for this freshman-laden group of players, they’ve passed their first test in that department.

After a loss to Issaquah last Monday, the girls responded well last Wednesday and swept Newport rather easily 25-14, 25-18, 15-4. It was a balanced effort, too, for the Wildcats, paced by Ella Moore who had seven aces and two digs, and Alyssa Underbrink added an assist and six digs. Carly Fletcher pitched in eight assists, four aces and four digs as well for Mount Si. The win came off the loss last Monday to the Eagles, 25-19, 25-20, 25-16. Underbrink had 26 digs while Fletcher had 12 assists, five digs and a kill.

Mount Si wraps up their very successful season tomorrow at Inglemoor with a 5:30 first serve.

Colleges now as we wrap up the past few days there for Valley athletes:

Northwest U. def. College of Idaho 25-13, 26-24, 20-25, 31-29: The Eagles got off to a roaring start at home in Kirkland last night, but had to hold on in the end to outlast the visiting Coyotes. Sophomore Courteney Carr, she of Snoqualmie and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, had a double-double of 40 assists and 10 digs along with a pair of kills to lead Northwest.

St. Mary’s def. Santa Clara 25-21, 25-16, 25-20: The Gaels handled the Broncos in Santa Clara, CA, in WCC action yesterday. Limited action for junior Anna McCreadie, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, who had two digs and a block for Clara in the match.

Whitman def. George Fox 25-20, 25-23, 25-23: The Blues last night swept the Bruins at home in Walla Walla, aided by North Bend’s Emma Anderson. The Whitman freshman, a June MSHS grad, had a solid game, with seven assists, two aces, five digs and a kill for Whitman.

Eastern Oregon def. Northwest U. 27-25, 25-23, 25-23 (Fri.): The weekend opened last Friday with the Mountaineers needing every last point to outlast the Eagles in a sweep in Kirkland. Carr had 20 assists, 10 digs and three kills in this contest for NU.

Santa Clara def. Pacific-CA 25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18 (Thu.): SC handled the visiting Tigers last Thursday behind four kills and five blocks from Valleyite McCreadie. SC after this weekend is 6-16 overall and 1-9 in conference play.

Pacific-OR def. Whitman 25-28, 25-22, 25-21 (Fri.): The Boxers took care of the Blues to open the weekend this past Friday over in Walla Walla. Anderson had just three assists and a dig in this one for Whitman.

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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