The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s weekly volleyball report for January 23

Good afternoon. Should have had this yesterday for you, but your editor spaced and forgot about it, so we now have our weekly volleyball report for you as we take a look at local teams and players competing in USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region.

The week that was
This past weekend, as we have been telling you here, was a big tournament weekend – the first of the 2019 winter/spring season. And as we have mentioned, it was a mixed result for the eight teams with local athletes competing in the two events, one locally and the second down in Oregon.

The bigger of the two events was the Oregon one, down in Eugene at the University of Oregon. The Matt Hartner Invitational drew a strong regional field of competitors, and the finishes for the five squads with Valleyites were across the spectrum from solid to not so.

We, of course, on Tuesday mentioned that teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact fared well, as did one from Kent-based KJ. The SI 15’s Typhoon and 17’s Storm, with Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter (15’s), Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink (17’s), both finished in the top 30 of their respective age groups (16’s and 18’s respectively), with KJ’s 15’s, featuring fellow Wildcats Jade Petrzelka and Kira Holmberg, taking 31st in that 16’s division. However, there were two other teams with locals, both from Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors, that also competed down there and finished further back in the field.

The 17’s team, featuring Mount Si’s Dana Dolan and Emily Dann, took 73rd and the 18’s, with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston and former Wildcat Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen, finished 94th, both in the 18’s division, after identical 4-4 weekend marks. This was out of 112 teams in that division, so these finishes were both in the lower half of the field.

Locally, as we mentioned on Tuesday, it was a strong weekend for a pair of NWJ 16’s teams with locals competing in their organization’s MLK weekend event in Renton. The Grey, with Mount Si’s Lexi Niehaus, went 6-1 on the weekend and finished fifth, while the White ended up in a solid 13th. That team includes Cedarcrest’s Ava Mundy. Northwest’s 12’s event on Sunday up in Mill Creek saw Snoqualmie-based Ridge Valley represented in their season-opening tournament. With that age group being all about learning the game, there’s plenty of season ahead and as Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote likes to say, it’s all about “improving every day, every play,” so for that group of girls, many of whom attend Snoqualmie Valley schools, they’ll look to learn a lot this season.

On deck
Local play resumes as the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region’s Power League has its first weekend of regular season play. Teams to watch with Valley players include the aforementioned KJ team, which went 3-0 in the preseason seeding tournament and will look to continue that strong start to the season this weekend. They’ll be at Sunrise Courts in Puyallup on Sunday. Sudden Impact’s Typhoon team also looks to continue a solid start to the season as well. Typhoon, competing against older-age players in the U-16 division, also went 3-0 during preseason play earlier this month. They will be at Washington High School, down near Pacific Lutheran University’s campus in Tacoma, on Saturday.

We’ll have a full report on what went down for you next Wednesday here in the Journal.

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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