In the news, 11-26

We’re back after a short holiday break; here’s the wrapup from yesterday.

Career night from ex-Wildcat star not enough for San Diego State volleyball
San Diego State sophomore Summer Nash set a new career high in kills last night, but the Aztecs weren’t able to convert that into success, falling to UC Santa Barbara 25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19. Nash, a Bishop Blanchet grad from Seattle who played some of her high school ball for Mount Si, led the way for SDSU with 18 kills, which broke a mark she set last season.

Seattle University volleyball falls on road
Megan Augustavo led the way with 18 assists and eight digs, but it was not enough as the Redhawks were swept by Pacific-CA, 25-13, 29-27, 25-12. Cristin Richards added 10 digs and Jordan Keller pitched in a pair of kills to pace SU. All three players are seniors and coaches with the Ridge Valley Volleyball club of Snoqualmie during the college offseason.

Cougar volleyball season ends with loss to Huskies
WSU’s volleyball season is over at 12-20 on the year after a heartbreaking 21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-4 loss last night to the Washington Huskies over in Pullman. WSU closed out the season with two losses to their in-state rivals, including a loss Tuesday night in Seattle in three, 25-14, 25-21, 25-14. WSU freshman Zoe Gogan did not see action in the game Tuesday, but the 2011 Mount Si grad got into last night’s game and played a set. The Fall City product did not record any stats of note.

Signed, sealed and delivered, and Wildcat softball star’s future college coach is pleased
George Washington University made the official announcement on Wednesday of the signing of Mount Si senior softball shortstop Maura Murphy to a letter of intent. We told you on Tuesday about Murphy having signed that letter in front of family, friends and Mount Si coaches earlier this month in a ceremony; Wednesday’s announcement means the school has officially received that letter and is now able to comment, and Murphy’s future college coach is thrilled to sign her. “Maura is a consistent and dependable player,” said GW softball coach Stacey Schramm in a news release on the school’s website. “Offensively, she has the ability to drive the ball to gaps in the field. On defense she is very steady and her ability to play multiple positions is extremely valuable.” Clearly, the Colonials have big plans for Murphy, and the traits Schramm pointed out in her comments are things that Mount Si and their fans have seen since the shortstop was a freshman, so GW fans have a lot to look forward to when Murphy joins their program for the 2013 season. Murphy was one of five players the Colonials signed; the others come from Pennsylvania, suburban Sacramento, CA, Atlanta, GA, and Massachusetts.

Valley youth soccer teams going to state tournament
Several Valley youth soccer squads have punched tickets to the upcoming Washington Youth Soccer Association’s Recreational Cup for recreational-level youth soccer teams.

These are led by the two teams we told you about on Monday. The girls’ U-16 FC Snoqualmie Shaw and the FC North Bend Young both punched berths. The Snoqualmie side defeated their rivals from North Bend in the district championship game Monday night at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, but the North Bend team also earned a slot into the tournament as a wild card. So all 38 of those Mount Si High School sophomores on those two teams have a little more soccer to play, that’s for sure.

Other teams to make it from the Valley include the girls U-17 FC North Bend Larson, the girls’ U-13 FC North Bend Smothers and the boys’ U-17 FC Duvall Connell squads.

Quarterfinal action in the state Recreational Cup event is next weekend. The boys’ game involving the FC Duvall Connell team is next Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Mercer Island High School, while the girls’ teams will all be traveling. The U-13 Smothers will be headed east to Yakima, while the two U-16 teams will be headed south; the Snoqualmie team to Vancouver and the North Bend side to Sumner. The U-17 girls advance straight into the semifinals. We wish all these teams luck in the playoffs.

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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