Volleyball on the brain….

We’ll have action from the diamond coming up later for you, but we have some volleyball for you now.

The Emerald City Classic girls’ volleyball tournament wrapped up yesterday in Seattle, closing out the spring season for girls’ club action around the Puget Sound. A few teams will have postseason tournaments, but most players now either will hit the beach or take the summer off to prepare for the fall season of high school ball.

Most of the teams with Valley players on them had solid finishes on the weekend, after playoffs yesterday. Leading that was the Sudden Impact 17’s. This Issaquah-based team, with Mount Si senior-to-be Lindsay Carr, took a tie for fifth after an opening-round playoff loss in the U18 Club championship playoffs. SIVBC lost its last two matches in the event after starting out 5-0. Another top ten finish was seen by the Island Thunder 14s Black, which include SMS’s Hannah Green. They won the U14 Club Silver playoffs beating teams from Spokane and Portland to get it done. Island Thunder, from Mercer Island, finished 5-3 on the event.

Kent Juniors’ 15s, with Mount Si’s Haley Holmberg, beat two Eastside rivals and a team from Oregon to take the U16 Club Silver playoffs and finish 11th overall with a 7-2 record. KJ, from Kent, had started out strong, winning their three matches Saturday, but stumbled a bit on Sunday to knock them out of championship contention.

Sabotage 18s-Sea Tac, with Mount Si’s Lexie Read, finished 4-4 on the event and in a tie for 11th in the U18 Club division after splitting a pair of games in the division’s Silver playoff bracket. Sabotage defeated a team from Vernon, BC, Canada, but then fell to a team from Oregon to knock them out of the playoffs.

Sudden Impact’s 16s, with Mount Si players Anna McCreadie and Kaitlyn Van Cise, also split a pair of games in their playoffs, these in the U16 Open Silver bracket, to end up in a tie for 13th. SIVBC beat a team from Oregon but fell to a rival team from Pierce County to finish 3-5 overall on the tournament.

Rounding it out, High Velocity’s 16’s and 17’s, from Bellevue, finished further back in the field. The 16’s, with Mount Si’s Danielle Seaman, finished 25th in the U16 Club division after an opening-round playoff loss, and the 17’s, with Cedarcrest’s Hanna Halverson and Kendall Berens, struggled on the weekend, only winning one of their seven matches played; they ended in a tie for 29th in the U18 Club division after an opening-round playoff loss yesterday.

The tournament drew coaches and scouts from a number of colleges and universities in the Northwest, including Seattle Pacific, Eastern Washington and the UW, but also drew schools from as far away as New Mexico and Kansas.

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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