Second chance for Mount Si volleyball to head to districts. Wildcats. Mustangs. Here’s our preview and thoughts

Today shapes up to be a busy, and potentially historic day for the Mount Si High School girls’ volleyball program, as it looks to make it out of the Kingco 4A Tournament for the first time since moving up to 4A four seasons ago.

KINGCO 4A VOLLEYBALL – KINGCO TOURNAMENT
MOUNT SI WILDCATS (6) VS. REDMOND MUSTANGS (7)
BOTHELL HIGH SCHOOL – FIRST SERVE 10AM
WINNER TO WES-KING BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT

The Wildcats and Redmond get a second chance today to punch a district berth, but it’ll be bright and early as the matchup starts shortly up at Bothell High School.

Mount Si comes in off a loss Thursday night to Eastlake while the Mustangs also fell, to North Creek. The Wildcats (6-9 season, 4-5 Kingco 4A) and Redmond (10-11 season, 3-6 Kingco 4A) split their season series, with both contests taking place at Redmond High School. Redmond won the first meeting September 12 – a non-league match – in four sets (25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23) while Mount Si took the second – a league-counter – October 1, also in four sets (25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22).

For Redmond, there are three players to watch. Piper Ferch has been powering their attack all season. She’s averaging around 11 kills a match and had 15 for the Mustangs in their Kingco 4A-counting loss October 1 to the Wildcats. In that same game, Amelia Rice paced Redmond with 32 assists, and has been an assist machine all season, averaging around 20 a contest. She’s also been a tough server during the course of the season, with a season-high five aces in their win over Mount Si in the nonleague-counting contest September 12.

Caroline Talbot has been a focal point for the green and gold defensively this season; she had one of her season-best performances with 13 digs in their October 1 loss to the Wildcats and is averaging around eight-nine of those a game.

As for the Wildcats, the usuals will look to lead. In the match September 12, Bellah Gogan and Bailey Showalter powered things for Mount Si, each with double-doubles in kills and digs (Gogan with 16 and 14 respectively, Showalter with 12 and 10). The freshman Showalter followed up that effort with another double-double in the October 1 match, with 18 kills and 13 digs. Simple truth of the matter here is both of them need to step up today and do similar things to have success. Dana Dolan also had 33 assists in that first match, then added another 26 of those along with nine digs in the second meeting, so she also will be a factor.

Also keep an eye on Breana Fitzgerald. She had 24 digs and nine kills in the win October 1 and has provided a solid supporting role this fall for Mount Si. Look for her to be a top returner next season for the Wildcats.

In all, we expected Thursday night’s result to occur for coach Bonnie Foote’s ladies, but the nice thing is there’s another chance this morning for the girls to take that big step forward. And what’s better is they got themselves a full bit of sleep last night with no Friday night football game this week, so they can’t blame lack of sleep if they lose today. There frankly in our view should be no excuses for this team to not win this thing and take that step forward that they’ve been waiting to take now since moving into 4A. Mount Si has not made it out of league into later postseason competition since moving up. Today is the day this changes. We look for a Wildcat win. And frankly, it’d be damn nice if this one was a sweep, but we’ll say another four-setter is in the offing.

MOUNT SI IN FOUR

If they do as we predict they’ll do, they’ll see either Issaquah or Skyline in an afternoon match at 3:00. Both teams beat Mount Si this season, and in fact the Eagles swept Mount Si just a week and a half ago on October 15. So we’d look for the Wildcats to have a difficult task against either team. That said, they’ll have a district berth in their back pocket so it doesn’t mean too much in the end. The player to watch for Issy will be Abby May, who had seven kills and 11 digs in that sweep of the Wildcats earlier this month, while for Skyline, ex-Mount Si assistant Callie Wesson’s crew will be led by Isabelle Garrido, who had 36 digs in their win October 8 at MSHS over the Wildcats.

Pick vs. Issy – Issy in three
Pick vs. Skyline – Skyline in three

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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