Mount Si volleyball faces off with Mercer Island, and gets mixed results

Mount Si’s volleyball team faced its toughest test of the season last night in Mercer Island, and the Wildcats continued to show some of the challenges of retooling, as the Islanders’ top two stars led the way to a rare three-set sweep.

Sophomore Jemma Yeadon and senior Sarah Lindquist combined for 34 kills as MI took care of business 25-17, 25-23, 25-18 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie for the first three-set win over Mount Si in years. Islander coach Susan McKay praised her two top players. “They definitely did run the show,” McKay said. “They both hit really consistently tonight.” She added, “They both passed really well too.”

The opening set opened with both teams exchanging the lead early on, before MI took control with a pair of Yeadon kills midway through the frame. Despite the best efforts of Wildcat senior star Lindsay Carr, the Islanders were able to close things out. Back-to-back aces by Lindquist sealed up the frame, and it was made official with a Wildcat kill attempt going out of bounds on set point.

Mount Si responded well to open the second set before the Islanders rallied to make it tight midway through the frame. With the score 18-18, MI took advantage of back-to-back errors on the Wildcats to grab control, which they held the rest of the stanza. Mount Si tried its best to keep in it, but Yeadon proved to be the difference, locking it up with a kill on set point to give MI the commanding two-set advantage.

The Wildcats showed no quit in the third set, and that was led by Carr, who had seven kills in the frame and a total of 18 in the contest along with eight digs to lead Mount Si. But MI’s coach underscored that her team’s performance wasn’t simply about her two top players. “It was a team effort, though,” McKay said, and this third set showed why. Several key plays in the frame were made by other members of the Islander team, namely junior Olivia Hughes, who had back-to-back blocks midway through the frame which helped set up the final MI rally which netted them the sweep. Hughes and Amelia McArthur both had kills, along with Lindquist and Yeadon, to key one last 6-0 MI run down the stretch that finished things off. Yeadon put the icing on the cake with back-to-back kills to end the contest, and she had 20 on the game; Lindquist added 14 herself.

There were some stretches where Mount Si looked as if they were in control, but the team also
struggled in key spots. Wildcat coach Bonnie Foote was disappointed. “I think that our passing and our serving struggled big time tonight,” Foote said, adding credit for MI.”When they were in system, they hammered.”

Anna McCreadie added nine kills, two aces and nine digs to the Mount Si cause; Courtney Carr continued her efforts to nail down the full-time setter role, with 29 assists, and Liz Larson had a solid game, with 12 digs, two kills and an ace.

Going forward, the Wildcats and Islanders will meet again later this season on the island, and it appears both teams will be on different paths – one where MI could be on its way to state, Mount Si still needing to work out the bugs associated with having such a young, relatively inexperienced (for high school level play) team. Lindquist thinks her team could go far. “I’m thinking we can go all the way,” the Dartmouth-bound senior said. As for Foote’s assessment of the current state of her team, she was pretty clear. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to become a polished team,” she said.

Mount Si hosts Liberty tomorrow at 7:00 to close out the first half of the Kingco schedule.

Mount Si’s JV’ers remain unbeaten
A balanced effort helped the Wildcat junior varsity score a 25-17, 25-9, 5-15 win over the Islanders. Hannah Green led the way for scarlet and gray with seven assists, three aces and two digs, while Brooke Covello, Katie McCreadie and Elida Gilje all added four kills apiece to pace the Mount Si efforts.

` Fabiola Reyes pitched in 11 digs to aid the Wildcats, who moved to 6-0 overall in Kingco with the win.

Wildcat “C” team falls in sweep
MI’s “C” team took care of business, beating Mount Si’s “C” unit 25-15, 25-11, 15-8. Emily Cole led the way for Mount Si with seven kills and seven digs, and Hannah Curd added 15 digs to aid the Wildcat efforts. Allie Urbasich also pitched in four assists and eight digs to pace Mount Si, who hosts Liberty tomorrow.

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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