The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s weekly volleyball report for March 13

Good Wednesday morning. We’ll have a full scoreboard from the diamond on deck, but we start things off with another weekly look at how things are going in this 2019 winter/spring season in USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region and how local girls’ volleyball players and their teams are faring.

We start with a look at the weekend that was.

This past Sunday was a real busy one – and a real long one – for Bellevue’s Sudden Impact 15’s Typhoon. The squad, featuring Mount Si High School’s Bailey Showalter and the only local squad with a Valley athlete competing in this tournament, ended in a tie for fifth in the Platinum Division event being held at Kelso High School.

Typhoon was one of three teams from their organization competing in this tournament, which pitted the top teams in both the U-16 and U-18 age divisions from the Puget Sound region against the top teams from the Portland-centric Columbia Empire Volleyball Association.

The tournament opened with a pair of losses for SI – one to eventual tournament champ Lake Tapps 16’s from Sumner and a second to an Oregon team, but they rallied for a win against a second Oregon squad. They wrapped things up with a split of their final two games – including a win against Excel NW Rox, the Oregon team which Typhoon had fallen to earlier in the day. They ended up tied for fifth overall with a 2-3 record on the day.

The U-18 tournament title was shared by a pair of Oregon teams. The next scheduled Platinum event is on April 14, and Typhoon’s entry in it will be determined by how they end up faring in the standings in PSR Power League play going into that weekend.

This weekend
Typhoon is one of a few teams with Valley players that will be competing in the first tournament of the season that will be a qualifier for the USA Volleyball national tournament this summer. The so-called “bid tournament” will see the top teams from the region square off for a pair of berths at least into the national tournament. Other teams with locals competing will include Sudden Impact’s 17’s Storm, with Wildcat players Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, fellow Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 15’s Blue, with Mount Si’s Alyssa Ray, and Kent’s Kent Juniors 15’s, with Ray’s fellow Wildcat freshman classmates Paige Phelps, Kira Holmberg and Jade Petrzelka.

The tournament is a one-day event, on Sunday at a location to be announced. This event also will serve as a nice tuneup for all of these teams for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Qualifier tournaments over in Spokane, which we will have a lot of discussion about in this segment next week.

With that, that has been another look at local girls’ club volleyball here in the SVSJ.

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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