The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s weekly volleyball report for May 1

Good Wednesday morning. It’s a busy morning this morning, and that includes another weekly look at local girls’ club volleyball here in the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal, as we follow local teams and their Valley high school players in USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region.

Last weekend
Most teams were off, but several were in action. The younger age groups competed in their final regular season action of the year in the PSR regional championships, and boy, was it a nice weekend for Snoqualmie’s RidgeValley Volleyball. Their U-14 team won their division title after being the top seed in that division, and their U-13 team finished third in theirs.

RidgeValley’s 14’s went 7-1 on the weekend, beating Southside Volleyball for the “Topaz” division crown. The 13’s finished 5-3 on the weekend and fell to eventual division champion DaKine, from south King County. Both squads primarily consist of players who attend schools in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, so a lot of future Wildcats in both of these groups, which is good news if you are a Mount Si volleyball fan.

Other teams of note had more mixed results. Wildcat coach Bonnie Foote’s KJ U-12 team, based in Kent, with her daughter Isabelle and several of her friends finished third in their division while further back in theirs were both Ridge Valley’s 12’s and Carnation-based Valley View’s 13’s. The Valley View group struggled all weekend and could not win a single match, although their performance improved over the course of the weekend, from being beaten fairly easily in their opening matches all the way to their final two matches sending both of those to the maximum three sets. So those girls did well despite there not being any results to show for it. So a pat on the back for them, whom we guess are largely students at Tolt Middle School in Carnation.

Meanwhile, back in Minneapolis, we were supposed to bring you coverage this past weekend of the Bellevue-based Sudden Impact U-17’s group, with Mount Si players Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, as they competed at the Northern Lights national qualifying tournament, the last of these of the spring before nationals at the end of June. We forgot to bring that to you and we apologize. As it turned out, though, we didn’t miss a lot, as the squad opened the event with six straight losses and ended up 19th in the “USA” division, well out of a spot. After that 0-6 start, SI was able to win all of their Sunday matches and win their playoff bracket, however, beating Elevation Peak out of Colorado for that trophy.

This weekend
The Sudden Impact 17’s group, along with the other high-school age teams we’ve covered this season, will be participating in their PSR regional championships. The teams to watch, as they’ve been all season thus far, will be in the U-15 group. KJ’s 15’s, and SI’s 15’s, both have top MSHS freshmen and both have been among the best in their age groups all season (KJ in the U-15’s and Impact in the older U-16 group). KJ’s team features the threesome of Paige Phelps, Jade Petrzelka and Kira Holmberg, while SI features Bailey Showalter. Also of course watch the Northwest Juniors’ 15’s, with fellow Wildcat frosh Alyssa Ray. That Bellevue team has also had a solid season. A schedule has not been announced yet for where you can go see them, so check with the regional website, linked at right in our news links, for more information.

That concludes another weekly look at local girls’ club volleyball here in the SVSJ. We’ll be back here next week with a wrap on the regional championship action for you.

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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