Previewing and picking night one of the Kingco volleyball tournament, as the postseason tradition continues for Wildcat volleyball

Good Thursday morning. Light morning this morning, so we will start off by bringing back a fall staple we have done here for the past few seasons – previewing and picking the Mount Si volleyball playoff action, along with the rest of the Kingco and SeaKing tournaments.

Mount Si comes into this year’s Kingco tournament as the second seed, after a strong second half effort helped them finish 11-3 in league, 18-8 overall. The Wildcats, thanks to that second seed, earned a first round bye to the tournament, starting tonight at Juanita High School in Kirkland, and an automatic berth to next week’s SeaKing District tournament. So with that out of the way, let’s get to the previews and picks, shall we?

We’ll start with the 5:30 games. Interlake meets Juanita and Bellevue meets Liberty.

Interlake (3) vs. Juanita (6) – The Saints and Rebels meet for the second time this week; Interlake swept Juanita Monday and took the season series from the Rebels 2-0. Juanita is on their home floor, though, and when the Rebels came to Mount Si, we liked the play of their junior outside hitter Sarah Brennan. Saints, though, have had a good year, and the season series sweep – both in three-set sweeps – says a lot to us. Interlake in 3

Bellevue (4) vs. Liberty (5) – The winner here gets to face Mercer Island, which this year has been no easy task. Wolverines also have a season series sweep over Liberty, with both wins coming in three-set sweeps. Two players to watch for Bellevue in this one are Elise Berberoglu and Katy Hallberg, but many players on that team could make impact in this game. Shea O’Brien leads Patriots; she had 11 kills for Liberty in last meeting against Wolverines. Bellevue in 3

To the 7:30 games, and we’ll start with Mount Si’s, of course.

Mount Si Wildcats (2) vs. Interlake Saints (3) – Season series is tied 1-1, with each team winning on other’s home floor. But this is a matchup where the second half improvements showed up in a big way for scarlet and gray. Case in point, senior Lindsay Carr. Carr was held to just 11 kills for Mount Si in their loss at home to Interlake in September, but when the Wildcats went on the road to meet the Saints three weeks ago, the Loyola-Marymount commit pounded down 32 kills in a Mount Si four-set win. Generally speaking, many of the top numbers were much better for the Wildcats in matchup two than they were in matchup one, and that speaks volumes to how things have steadily improved throughout the season for Mount Si.

Winner here gets a first-round bye to districts, and if you’re Mount Si, after what you’ve been through especially early in this season, you’ll be embracing that, that’s for sure. And we think the continued improved play will be a factor, as we see a sweep in this one. Mount Si in 3

Mercer Island Islanders (1) vs. Bellevue Wolverines (4) – These two teams, if they see each other tonight, will also be seeing each other for the second time this week – MI swept Bellevue Monday and holds a 2-0 season advantage on Wolverines. The players to watch for MI are obvious. That’s a great one-two punch they have there in senior Sarah Lindquist and sophomore Jemma Yeadon. Yeadon in our view is the best player in this entire league, and fans – and league opponents – will get to see her two more years. Fans will be in for a treat, opponents will be in for a few gray hairs after watching her play. A lot of observers see MI as a state title contender, and Yeadon will be driving that car with Lindquist by her side as they start the voyage tonight. MI in 3

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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