Emerald City Classic girls’ club volleyball tournament wraps up, with big finish for team with two Red Wolves players on it

The eight local girls’ club volleyball teams with Valley high school athletes competing on them at the Emerald City Classic wrapped up play with some pretty big results for a club which had been struggling most of the weekend.

That big story was the Rain City 17’s of Bothell. This team, with Cedarcrest’s Cassie Chriest and Kendall Koch on it, went 2-4 during weekend pool action, but blew through their playoff bracket in the U18 Club division to win it and take 25th place overall in the group. Rain City beat teams from Monroe, Seattle and Shoreline to take the title.

Another surprise came out of the U18 Open division, where KJ 18s, of Kent and featuring Mount Si senior Sarah McDonald, fell in their first match of the championship round to a team from Portland. They still finished in a tie for fifth.

Two U16 teams with Valley players had strong finishes. In the U16 Club, Bellevue-based High Velocity, with CHS’ Hanna Halverson and MSHS’ Sydney Leonard, beat a Snohomish team in the first round of their championship playoff bracket before falling to a Portland team in their semis. HVVB took a tie for third in that age bracket. Sudden Impact 16s, with Mount Si’s Lyndsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, rolled through the U16 Open Silver bracket playoffs with wins over teams from Kent and Lewiston, ID, before falling to a team from the host Washington Volleyball Academy of Seattle in the finals. SIVBC finished tied for 12th after a strong 6-3 tournament record.

One other strong showing and that was in the U18 Open Bronze bracket, where Mount Si’s Krista Galloway and her Island Thunder 18s Black teammates from Mercer Island won a pair of nail-biters over teams from Puyallup and Kent to make it to the championship game, where they fell to a team from Portland. ITVC finished in a tie for 18th with a 5-4 tournament mark.

Rounding it out, in the U14 Open, SIVBC Hurricane, with CKMS’ Kara Link, fell in their first playoff match to a team from Lake Stevens and finished tied for ninth; Island Thunder 15s Black, featuring Mount Si’s Liz Larson, fell to a Kent team in the opening round of their U16 Open playoffs, and finished tied for 19th, and Sabotage 18s Sea-Tac, with Mount Si’s Lexie Read and Rachel Hayford, fell to a team from Salem, OR, in their opening playoff game and finished tied for 13th in the U18 Club division.

As soon as we have results from the NW Juniors event, the other big club tournament this past weekend, we’ll share those with you here.

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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