Valley athletes continue to get it done on the volleyball floors down in Phoenix

Now to volleyball, and play is starting to wrap up down in Phoenix at the Volleyball Festival.

U14 Sudden Impact team continues strong performance
The Issaquah-based Sudden Impact Hurricane U-14s, featuring Chief Kanim’s Kara Link, took care of business yesterday, winning two out of three matches on day three at the Volleyball Festival. All three matches were against teams from southern California, with SIVBC scoring wins over teams from Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, and the loss coming to a team out of Signal Hill.

Stunning end for Sudden Impact U15s
The great run for SIVBC’s 15s, with Mount Si’s Kaitlyn Van Cise, came to a sudden halt yesterday, as they were knocked out of the championship playoffs with two losses. SIVBC, who opened as the #16 seed and with a 7-1 record in the tournament, fell to the #1 seed Club Arrowhead out of suburban Phoenix, then fell to the #9 seed Tstreet team out of Irvine, CA. SIVBC finishes play today.

SIVBC 16s break out yesterday
The first two days were a bit average for SIVBC 16s, with Mount Si’ers Lindsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, as they made it to a 4-3 record after Thursday’s play. Yesterday was a much different story, as they swept their three matches. SIVBC won in straight sets over teams from Tucson, AZ, and Manhattan Beach, CA, then had to win a three-set thriller with a team out of Bakersfield, CA, to move to 7-3 overall in the tournament with playoffs on tap for today.

Could Mount Si, Cedarcrest players be on track to meet in U17 playoffs?
Rain City 17s, from Bothell, struggled yesterday, losing their last two matches of the day after opening with a win. The team, with Cedarcrest’s Kendall Koch, beat a team from suburban Phoenix before dropping the two late contests, both against teams from California. Rain City moves into the playoffs with a 3-6 record, and who could they face in the playoffs? None other than Northwest Juniors Elite 17s Black out of Edmonds, with Mount Si senior-to-be Gen Knoppi.

We didn’t realize they were in the tournament, so we hadn’t been covering their efforts; that changes now. NWJ comes into today’s playoffs also with a 3-6 record. It started out well enough on Wednesday, with wins over two teams from Phoenix to finish with a 2-1 opening day mark. Since then, they, over the past two days, have struggled, losing five out of six, with their only win coming in their opening match yesterday, over a team from Mesa, AZ.

Those playoffs, as mentioned, are later 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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