Volleyball news and notes, 4-27

We have some volleyball on the brain this afternoon for you as part of our afternoon news package.

Valley volleyballers looking to punch national tickets
Five girls volleyball players from the Valley are with their club teams today as the first day of play gets underway at a big regional tournament in Reno, which is a qualifier for nationals later this spring.

Both U-18 teams with Mount Si players have started out strong on this opening day, with the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder Black, which includes Wildcat senior and Oregon Tech signee Krista Galloway, and KJ 18s from Kent, featuring fellow MSHS senior, and UNC Charlotte signee, Sarah McDonald, breaking out to 2-0 marks to start action. ITVC blew out two teams from California this morning and is currently underway with a team from suburban Sacramento. KJ also scored wins, over teams from Reno and Sacramento, and is underway currently with a team out of suburban Denver.

Two other teams have not fared as well to get things started. The Island Thunder 15s Black, with Wildcat freshman Liz Larson, fell to a pair of California foes this morning before closing out their opening action with a win over a team from Utah. Bellevue’s High Velocity 16s, with Mount Si’s Sydney Leonard and Cedarcrest’s Hanna Halverson, fell in their opening match to a Sacramento team and is scheduled for contests later against teams from Oregon and Arizona.

We’ll have updates for you throughout the weekend. Look for KJ and ITVC 18s, if they keep winning, to be very much in contention for a national berth out of this event.

UNC Charlotte excited about McDonald’s arrival
We had coverage for you recently about McDonald’s signing with D-I UNC Charlotte for this fall, and the school is excited to have her come aboard into their volleyball program.

“Our staff worked extremely hard to fill our last spot for 2012 and we are very fortunate to be adding someone like Sarah during the late signing period,” said Charlotte head coach Chris Redding in comments that were posted earlier this week in a news release on the school’s website. “Not only does Sarah add depth to our outside hitter position, I feel we are adding someone who loves the game and will work relentlessly to be successful. One of the best things while going through the recruiting process with Sarah was the fact that the moment she stepped on campus, she wanted to be a 49er!”

The school notes that McDonald will be the player furthest from home – over 2,800 miles away – when practice starts up in August.

As we told you when McDonald signed, she becomes the third Mount Si player in the past four years to sign a Division I scholarship offer, joining Miranda Pratt (Idaho) and Zoe Gogan (WSU). Both of them have since moved on, though, with Pratt now playing for Division II Texas A&M International and Gogan, as we reported to you on Wednesday, on her way to Division I Montana State.

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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