Mount Si volleyball making push to playoffs after another big Kingco win

Time now to talk some volleyball.

Mount Si High School’s volleyball team appears to be getting into midseason form, and they are making a strong push for postseason. The Wildcats scored another key Kingco 4A win Wednesday night, as they beat Skyline in four sets. Scores were 25-16, 25-20, 16-25, 25-14 as Mount Si moved into a tie for second in the league beating the Spartans, coached by former Wildcat “C” team coach Callie Wesson.

Bailey Showalter led the way with 14 kills, 19 digs, seven aces, three assists and 1 1/2 blocks, but it was senior Bre Fitzgerald’s efforts that proved key. She had 14 kills and 15 digs, along with two assists and an ace. Dana Dolan had another strong night setting; the senior had 37 assists, three kills, six digs and two aces, and Kira Holmberg also delivered with 18 digs, four aces, an assist, a block and a kill.

The Wildcats are tied for second with North Creek and Newport at 4-1 in league, and own a head-to-head tiebreaker on the Jaguars after beating North Creek in that barnburner September 18 at home in Snoqualmie. The Wildcats have four league games remaining, and based on who’s left in the schedule, a 6-3 mark is very doable in league which should earn them no worse than a fourth seed into the Kingco tournament.

Mount Si is at league winless Woodinville Monday night, then is home next Wednesday to meet undefeated Issaquah. That could be a match that will signal a lot about where the Wildcats will ultimately end up this season. Game time for that biggie next Wednesday at MSHS is 7:00.

Spartan JV handles Wildcat JV’s: Skyline’s JV team took care of Mount Si’s junior varsity unit in three, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17. Lexi Niehaus guided the Wildcats with 11 kills and 12 digs, while Katrice Dunn added 21 assists, five digs, three aces and a kill. Clara Schlotfeldt added 11 digs and two aces to the efforts for Mount Si, while Friley Curtiss added six digs, two aces and a kill. Mount Si’s JV is at Woodinville Monday. 5:15 first serve for that game and the “C” team game followed by the varsity at 7:00.

Wildcat “C” team falls: Mount Si’s “C” team got several great performances, but could not put it all together in time as they fell to the Spartans’ “C” unit in three, 25-17, 18-25, 25-18. Ananya Banjeree aided the Wildcats with 15 digs, four aces and six assists, while Ashley Cornick added 12 digs, two kills and two aces. Emma Smith pounded out 13 digs, two aces and an assist, and Hailey Bostick pitched in a kill, two digs and an ace. Payton Beebe added three digs for the Wildcats, and Ella Lamoureux pounded out 11 digs, an ace and an assist. As noted above, the Mount Si “C”s are at Woodinville Monday for a 5:15 first serve.

Red Wolves swept by Scots
Also on Wednesday night, Cedarcrest’s ladies fell to Shorecrest in three sets, 25-15, 25-15, 25-11 at Shorecrest High School. Selah Kuiken guided the Red Wolves with seven kills and four digs while Hannah Winston had seven assists and five digs. McKenna Cato pitched in seven assists and four digs for Cedarcrest, and Caroline Tiffany added eight digs. CHS hosts Edmonds-Woodway Monday night at 7:00, looking to break a five-match losing streak in which all of the losses have been three-set sweeps.

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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