It’s all on the line for the Wildcat volleyball ladies. ‘Cats. Falcons. Winner moves on, loser goes home. A preview, our thoughts and pick…….

Good Tuesday morning. Mount Si’s volleyball program competes tonight to keep their postseason hopes alive.

KINGCO 4A VOLLEYBALL
WES-KING BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT (LOSER OUT)
MOUNT SI WILDCATS (KINGCO #6) VS. WOODINVILLE FALCONS (KINGCO #7)
BOTHELL HIGH SCHOOL, FIRST SERVE 5:00 P.M.

Everything is on the line tonight for both of these teams in this loser-out game at the Wes-King district tournament. These two teams last met October 10, when Woodinville beat Mount Si in five, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 16-25, 18-16, at MSHS.

Mount Si comes in off a fairly successful opening day last Saturday, surprising Jackson in five before being swept by Issaquah. We’ll have more on this later in our wrapup of those two matches, but suffice it to say the people that needed to step up did just that. Setter Dana Dolan had another strong performance coming off her 44-assist display in the Kingco fifth-place match against Bothell. The junior had 34 in the win over Jackson on top of six digs, so she is contributing where she is able and doing a solid job of it. Add in that she also had 35 assists in the match against the Falcons at home last month and you can see that she is capable of making an impact.

This program over its history with coach Bonnie Foote has developed strong setters that went on to have success at the college level (think Catie Fry and Maggie Olson both at Central Washington and now Courteney Carr at Northwest University) so our advice to Dolan is simple: Find a club program in the spring that can use you exclusively in this role then really work on that aspect of your game. Because if tradition holds and you have great success in this as a senior, you’re going to find a college home and have tremendous success.

Also, freshman Bailey Showalter had 11 kills and 19 digs in that win over the T-Wolves, so she again will be a factor. Also watch senior Hayley West. As you saw this past weekend, we offered some thoughts about her overall numbers not being up to par with what we would have expected out of a player with her solid club resume. Well, that earned us the ire of her mom, and she let us know that, noting to us that West has not been playing her normal position this fall with the Wildcats, so that is a mitigating factor there to be sure. She had seven kills, two blocks and three digs in the win over Jackson, doing what she can do to help the team as well. West is a solid player, and we look for her to hopefully have a strong game tonight.

Woodinville is 6-10 on the season and earned the seventh seed out of the Kingco Tournament. As noted, hey beat the Wildcats in their regular season matchup October 10 at Mount Si High School in five games. Senior Emma Daoud-Hebert leads the Falcons. She had 14 kills in that contest and appears to be averaging around 8-10 a match so she’ll be a player Mount Si’s defense needs to keep an eye on. Junior Zoe Friedman is the Woodinville setter, and she had 30 assists in this contest. She’s been solid this season, averaging it appears around 25-30 a night so once again, Dolan’s in another must-watch matchup to see how she fares in that department as well, and which setter can provide more impact for their offense.

The match against Woodinville for Mount Si was one of those matches, and they’ve had a few of those this fall, where they had a chance to close the deal but could not. They opened strong in that match before Woodinville took control, only to see the Wildcats rally to force a fifth set, which they fell in 18-16. So the challenge for Mount Si will be to come out and take care of business quickly. They need the people that stepped up for them this past Saturday against Jackson to do the same tonight. If they don’t, the season will be over and they’ll have to cancel their hotel reservations over in Yakima. We think, though, that Mount Si, for all the ups-and-downs they’ve had this year, knows that it can compete at this level – they’ve done it at least three times already this postseason, with two of those games being wins – so as long as the people step up that need to do so, this should be a much different result than the one on October 10.

MOUNT SI IN FOUR

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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