Mount Si volleyball takes care of business on Senior Night, but loses valuable contributor in process

Wednesday night, Mount Si High School’s girls’ volleyball team closed out the regular season on a special note. It was Senior Night, as they honored the program’s lone senior this fall, four-year varsity starter Haley Holmberg. And it was Holmberg who led the way for the Wildcats as they finished off the Kingco schedule with a three-set sweep of Woodinville. But, the win came at a rather big price, as they lost a key contributor potentially for the rest of the season to an injury.

Holmberg had 12 kills, six digs, an ace and 1 ½ blocks as Mount Si dispatched the Falcons 25-17, 25-21, 25-11, but junior Katie McCreadie suffered an ankle injury in the second set, and that ended up overshadowing things a bit.

Still, though, Wildcat coach Bonnie Foote praised Holmberg. “Haley had a fantastic night. I am going to miss her tremendously,” Foote said. “She has done an incredible job leading this team. She has been a great leader for our program and, you know what, I am sad she’s not going to play in college because I think she can play at the next level.”

Holmberg, bound for Washington State University next fall where she plans on entering the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication with an eye on majoring in journalism, will miss her time in the Wildcat program. “I’ve had an amazing four years at Mount Si. I’m extremely upset it’s coming to an end,” Holmberg said. “I’ve played with so many amazing friends and I’ve made some of my best friends now and (coach) Bonnie (Foote) has taught me so many things that I’m going to be able to apply to my future.”

The Wildcats were off to the races to open proceedings, scoring the first six points of the opening frame then cruising from there for the set one win. A kill from Sophie Click closed things out; she finished with seven kills, two digs and ½ block and played an overall solid game. Which could become important in the postseason thanks to what happened in the middle frame, as has already been noted.

Woodinville had opened the second stanza with the lead, and with the Falcons up 5-3, McCreadie was in the process of making a play when she fell over suddenly, hurting her right ankle. Play continued briefly before officials stopped it, and Foote and a trainer went to the junior’s aid. McCreadie was helped off the floor and did not return, sitting much of the remainder of the match with an ice pack on the ankle, which was propped up on a pillow that was given to Holmberg as part of the senior night ceremonies. It’s not likely McCreadie will be ready for tomorrow’s playoff opener, and that could be huge for a Mount Si team that will be seeded third in the playoffs but faces a tough road to make it to state.

Holmberg is looking for many of her teammates to step up in McCreadie’s absence. “Honestly, our whole bench. They’re prepared to come in the game,” Holmberg said. “That’s what’s so great about this program is we have so many capable players that have (filled) these positions.”

Shortly after McCreadie was knocked out of action, Mount Si mounted an 11-0 run midway through the frame to take control, only to see Woodinville spark its own run to make things interesting down the stretch. The Wildcats held up, and Holmberg finished it with a kill to send things to set three with Mount Si up two sets.

The third set was all Mount Si, as they took immediate control and didn’t let up the whole frame; a Woodinville hitting error on match point sealed it up for the Wildcats. Courteney Carr had 26 assists, three kills, two aces, two digs and ½ block to pace Mount Si, while Cameron Kendall added 17 digs and two assists, and Patience O’Neal pitched in seven kills, two digs, and ½ block.

Mount Si will meet Inglemoor in the playoff opener at 11:30am tomorrow at Bothell High School. Holmberg wants fans to expect the best from her team. “They should expect a lot of high intensity play,” she said. “The teams we’re playing, they’re going to fight back with us, but I know we can go out there and fight back harder and we want it more than they do, so I believe we can go out there and we can win it.” Foote is unsure of what to expect, especially now with McCreadie’s likely absence. “We’ve just got to keep playing volleyball. Keep passing and serving, digging the ball at the net, doing what we do and, you know what, the chips will fall where they fall,” the coach said.

A win in tomorrow’s opener sends them to a second-round match tomorrow night against Redmond or Bothell, and a trip to the top is what Holmberg is aiming for. “I think we can go all the way,” she said. “Our goal is to win state and we’re going to shoot for the stars and we’re going to do the best we can to achieve that goal.”

JV closes out season with solid win: The Wildcat junior varsity finished the season at .500, 11-11, with a 25-18, 25-19, 9-15 win over the Falcons. Macy Baltasar had six kills, two assists, five digs, an ace and a block to pace Mount Si, while Annalise Jensen added four kills, four aces and two blocks.

“C” team ends season with loss: Woodinville routed Mount Si’s “C” team, scoring a 25-9, 25-9, 15-10 win; Brenna McDaniel led the way for the Wildcats with 12 digs, while Rose Pilego added a kill, eight digs and three assists to the Mount Si efforts.

Rhett Workman

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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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