The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s weekly volleyball report for February 12

Good Wednesday morning. We’ve got some basketball on deck for you, but we have for you first our weekly Wednesday segment as we look at the goings on inside of USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region and how local girls and their club teams are faring.

This past weekend was a busy one with local and regional play for all of the teams we are covering. Two teams, both with top Mount Si High School players, took on top teams from Oregon in a regional tournament on Sunday down in Longview.

Mixed results for KJ, Sudden Impact in Platinum Division
Kent-based KJ’s U16, and their local rivals from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Thunder were repping the region down in southwest Washington, and as noted in the headline, it was a mixed bag.

KJ, with Wildcats Kira Holmberg and Katrice Dunn, ended up 1-4 on the day, winning just their final match over a Puyallup-area team, while the Thunder, with fellow Mount Si’er Bailey Showalter, finished 3-2 taking on a group of teams which included several solid ones from the Portland area. With the results, its expected the Thunder should be able to stay in the division for the next round while KJ will likely be bumped back into local play for the next round next month.

Locally, continued strength for some teams
Meanwhile, here within the region in Power League action this past weekend, the teams that continue to be strongly-seeded remain so after weekend play. Sudden Impact’s U15 Lightning crew, with Wildcat Friley Curtiss, went 2-2 over this past weekend and are now 8-3 overall in local play, remaining fourth overall in the U15 age group. It was an especially good weekend for Northwest Juniors’ U15 UnderArmour Blue. The squad has been seeded high all season thus far, but their record hadn’t exactly shown it. Well, that changed this past weekend, as the Bellevue-based team, featuring half a dozen Mount Si High School players including Sabrina Cole, Brooke Kelly and Brooke Daly, went 4-0 with wins over Maple Valley and Puyallup-area teams, among others, to even their local record at 6-6. It’s hoped now this solid performance can spark a nice run up the ladder as the season moves forward. They are now seeded ninth overall in the region in the age group.

Also remaining in the top 20 overall in their age group after this past weekend are the U14 Northwest UnderArmour Blue, with local middle-schoolers Sophie Lobet and Maggie Kamp, and KJ’s 14’s, with Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote’s daughter Isabelle (although if you followed our softball coverage this past weekend, you know Foote missed this weekend action as she was in Las Vegas competing with her softball club team at a tournament down there). Both had mixed efforts on the weekend and both are sitting just under .500 in local play after the weekend.

In other action, Carnation-based Valley View’s U14 Black had a strong weekend, going 4-0 to move to 8-4 on the season in local play. Among the wins was one over Valley View’s U13’s. The game was pretty competitive too – it went the full three sets (club matches are best of three as opposed to high school varsity matches which are best of five) so a lot of future Cedarcrest talent on display at Sammamish High School this past Sunday and we trust all did their best in that match. As for the U13 crew, they went 2-2 on the weekend and are now 6-4 overall. Both teams are seeded well down the ladder in the U14 age group so still a lot of work to do if they want to get themselves into a better ranking position at the end of the season.

We have a new add to our coverage as well this week. Northwest’s U14 UnderArmour Grey also has a local player – Anna Holverstott, who is a student at Twin Falls Middle School in North Bend. Grey this past weekend went 3-1 and are sitting at .500 on the season at 6-6 seeded 45th in the U14 age group, so mid-pack. We wish Holverstott and her teammates good luck the rest of the season!

This weekend
Another holiday weekend on tap as it’s Presidents’ Day weekend and that means more regional tournament action. Many of the local teams, including all from Northwest, will be in their organization’s Presidents’ Day tournament, which starts Saturday and finishes next Monday. Most of the sites for this weekend’s event are in south King County, with the top draws featuring local teams – Northwest’s U15 Blue and Sudden Impact Lightning – playing respectively at Mount Rainier (Des Moines) and Sumner High Schools for their first day of action.

However, both the KJ 16’s and Sudden Impact’s Thunder are scheduled to be out of town. KJ is slated to head to Kansas City for a Triple Crown Sports-sponsored event there and Sudden Impact is set to head down to Las Vegas for a tournament there. That event is expected to see SI take on top southern California teams, so if college coaches are floating around down there and watching, this could be an opportunity for Showalter to be noticed in advance of when her college recruitment can begin this summer. It’s expected the Wildcat junior-to-be will be looked at by NCAA Division I schools, how high-level of school though could be influenced perhaps by tournaments such as this weekend as coaches could perhaps get a nice early look at her and other players.

We’ll have updates all weekend and a full wrap for you next week in our weekly segment.

This has been your weekly look at USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region and how Valley athletes and teams are faring in the SVSJ.

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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