The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s weekly volleyball report for May 22

Good Wednesday morning. Time now for our weekly look at girls’ club volleyball here in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region and how Valley players and teams are faring.

We of course took last week off but are back this week as we wind down the season in girls’ club volleyball locally. Memorial Day weekend is the usual end to the season for many area teams, although a few we expect will compete in some of the postseason tournaments coming up, such as the USAV nationals, Summer Soiree or Volleyball Festival events. We’ll have more on that in the future.

In the meantime, here’s what’s on tap this weekend.

Emerald City Classic back for another season
The Emerald City Classic tournament has become a end-of-season staple for many local teams, and they’re back this weekend for the 33rd edition of the event, which is hosted by the Washington Volleyball Academy. Most of the matches will take place at the University of Washington, but some contests will take place at the WVBA training facilities up in Lynnwood.

Three teams with Valley players – all from Mount Si High School – will be in the tournament. Sudden Impact’s 15’s and 17’s teams from Bellevue along with KJ’s 15’s from Kent are all entered into the event. The squads feature MSHS freshmen Jade Petrzelka, Kira Holmberg, Paige Phelps and Bailey Showalter along with returning varsity players Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink. So if you are a Mount Si volleyball fan, this weekend presents a good opportunity for you to see some of the players that are expected to take on key roles this fall for the Wildcats as they embark on their first season in the new MSHS gymnasium.

More information on the event is here. There is an admission charge – $10 per day or $20 for all three days of the event, which starts Saturday and lasts through Memorial Day this coming Monday.

The ECC is one of two big tournaments in the area to close out the season this weekend – the other is being sponsored by the Northwest Juniors club and will take place at locations around Snohomish County, including Jackson High School in Mill Creek. No teams with Valley athletes have been entered into that event. Both of the tournaments by the way have drawn a large field of teams from all over the Northwest and western Canada, so the local players and teams will get good tests this weekend for sure.

We’ll have updates as needed throughout the weekend, and have our season wrapup next week in this segment.

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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