Volleyball news, and a baseball note

Our club volleyball coverage is wrapping up for the season starting this morning with coverage of the Volleyball Festival down in Phoenix. Four local teams with a total of seven Mount Si and Cedarcrest volleyball players are competing in the event, and day one proved to be a great one for all four teams.

Three of the four teams represent the Sudden Impact club based in Issaquah, and that group of teams went a combined 8-1 in day one play yesterday. The U14’s, with Chief Kanim Middle School player Kara Link, and the U15’s, with Mount Si sophomore-to-be Kaitlyn Van Cise, both went undefeated in pool play at 3-0. The U14 team overcame a first-set loss in their opening match to beat a team from Surprise, AZ, then swept their next two matches against teams from Phoenix and the San Francisco area to move into today unscathed, while the U15 team opened with a rout of a team from Anchorage then won a pair of three-set nailbiters against teams from California to finish unbeaten.

Sudden Impact’s U16 team, with Mount Si players Lindsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, and Bothell-based Rain City 17’s, with Cedarcrest’s Kendall Koch and Cassie Chriest, finished day one with 2-1 marks. SIVBC opened with a loss to a team from Sherman Oaks, CA, then won their next two matches against other California foes, while Rain City opened with a win over a team from Nevada, then fell to a San Diego club before closing out with a win over the Kodiak 17’s from Leavenworth in Chelan County on the east side of the Cascades. Rain City was also recognized by the tournament for their efforts in supporting girls’ junior volleyball. The club’s founders, Cheryl and Vickie Hinkle, were awarded the Liz Hooe Partnership Award by the festival for their contributions to the sport. The award was named in honor of Liz Hooe, a volleyball club director from Alaska who passed away recently.

Action continues through the weekend, and there may be webcasts later today of Rain City matches at the event, as the court they will be playing on has a live webstream through azgamecast.com, which is linked here.

O’Brien U18 baseball falls in league contest
O’Brien U18 Autogroup baseball fell last night 4-1 to Toyota Baseball in the first round of a big tournament over in Pullman. The five players with Mount Si ties on the team all went hitless in the game, but Gunnar Buhner did hit into a fielder’s choice which drove in the lone O’B run. O’Brien was also hurt by five errors defensively, three of which were committed by Buhner.

Play in that event continues today.

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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