Mount Si, Cedarcrest fall in volleyball playoffs, plus college news on a Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning. Time now to wrap up Tuesday night’s playoff action from volleyball.

We first start with Cedarcrest High School, whose team’s season ended with a loss to Sammamish in the first round of the Northwest 2A District Tournament at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Scores were 25-14, 25-14, 25-21 as the fifth-seeded Totems advanced. McKenna Cato led the way for CHS with 17 assists, three kills, three aces and four digs, while Caroline Tiffany added 16 digs for the Red Wolves. Selah Kuiken pounded six kills and two aces, while Chloe Bigleman added five kills and two digs as well, both pacing CHS.

Rounding it out for the Red Wolves, Anika Baumann had three kills and Katie Faccone had six digs. Cedarcrest will now move into the offseason, with players moving into club play for the coming season.

Mount Si routed in Kingco 4A title game: The Wildcats were blown out in four sets by North Creek Tuesday at Skyline High School in Sammamish 25-12, 23-25, 25-16, 25-13, as the Jaguars avenged their regular season loss to the Wildcats and did so handily.

Mount Si heads into the WesKing District tournament this weekend as the second seed from Kingco and will host a doubleheader of games on Saturday afternoon.

In Tuesday night’s loss, Bailey Showalter was the focus of the North Creek defensive efforts, and the Jaguars successfully shut down the Wildcat sophomore, holding her to just 10 kills, nine digs, three aces and an assist. Senior Dana Dolan also had a down match, with 18 assists, six digs, two aces and two kills. Dolan’s been running at around 20-25 assists in most of the Wildcats’ recent matches, so she’ll need to get her numbers back up to that level this weekend for Mount Si to be in good shape.

The matches Saturday start at 1:00, with Kingco sixth seed Newport taking on Wesco third seed Mount Vernon, then Mount Si will meet the winner of that match right after the first match concludes at around 3:00. Both matches are in the Mount Si gymnasium in Snoqualmie. We’ll preview and pick both matches for you Saturday right here!!

College Volleyball
Efforts of former MSHS’er not enough as Concordia-Irvine falls in barnburner: Former Wildcat player Patience O’Neal had a solid night for Concordia-Irvine’s ladies last night, but her efforts proved to not be enough in the end as the Eagles could not close out their match with Point Loma Nazarene, falling to the host Sea Lions in San Diego in a five-set thriller.

PLNU took the match 24-26, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 15-9 as the Sea Lions rallied from a two set to one hole by exploding down the stretch and getting the job done. O’Neal, a sophomore who played with Mount Si as a high school sophomore before transferring to, then graduating from, Tahoma High School in Maple Valley in 2018, had 12 kills, two digs and an assist for Concordia, who dropped to 13-10 on the season, 7-8 in PacWest (NCAA Division II) play.

The Eagles begin a four-match homestand Saturday night hosting Fresno Pacific. The match starts at 5:00 and is available via pay-per-view on PacWestDigital, a link to which is at right in our news links.

Other college news:

Mount Si grad Williams makes college debut: Pacific Lutheran University men’s basketball freshman Brett Williams, he of North Bend and a 2019 MSHS alum, made his college debut Tuesday night for the NCAA Division III Lutes as they opened their season on the road in Seattle against NCAA Division I Seattle University. Williams played limited minutes and had one assist for PLU in the 98-64 loss to the Redhawks at the Connolly Center. The Lutes next play at a tournament in northern California this weekend.

Moorhead ladies fall in Brownell’s final home game as collegian: Visiting St. Cloud State came into Moorhead, MN, yesterday and ruined the final home game for the Dragon seniors, including Fall City’s Lindsey Brownell, blanking Minnesota State-Moorhead’s ladies 3-0. It was a dominating effort, too, for St. Cloud, as they limited Moorhead to just two shots, one on goal. Brownell, a 2016 MSHS grad, started on defense and played 84 minutes with no stats of note. The game was a makeup from a postponed game earlier in the season. Brownell’s last college game comes tomorrow in South Dakota, as the Dragons wrap up the season playing Northern State University.

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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