Mount Si boys’ tennis season finishes solid despite season-ending defeat to Newport

Good Thursday morning. We’ll get to volleyball a little later and the night that was for Mount Si and Cedarcrest as both teams played key league matches last night.

Mount Si High School’s boys tennis program celebrated Senior Day earlier this week, recognizing their seven seniors for their efforts in the program. L-R: Seniors Pietro Gardino, Cole Price, Quinlan White-Aclain, Hayden Kirwin, Isaac Edson, William Spellman, & Kaidan Pop. (Photo courtesy Mount Si Boys Tennis/Coach Cassie Bomgardner)

We’re, however, going to talk a little tennis now, since we haven’t done that this fall. Mount Si High School’s boys’ tennis team is having a solid season. They posted a win over Sammamish Monday.

Mount Si took five of the seven matches that were contested in the overall competition. Singles winners were Nevada Simpson, who beat Totem Gavin Forac 6-1, 7-5, and Will Spellman, who rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tiger Nguyen. Spellman was one of several players honored Monday on Senior Day with it being the final home match at Mount Si for the regular season, and coach Cassie Bomgardner had nothing but positive words to say about her team’s co-captain.

“His pure natural athleticism amazes me. He is so calm and patient on the court and makes everything look so effortless while frustrating his opponents left and right. They blast what they think are winning shots and Will comes back with a better answer for the point,” Bomgardner told us by email. But Spellman isn’t just getting it done on the court, he’s getting it done in the classroom too. “Special shout out to Will for academically being at the top of his class (in high contention to be valedictorian of his senior class).” In other words, this means his GPA is at or very near 4.0, so a very gifted student for sure that will have a future anywhere it takes him.

Three doubles teams from the Wildcats also won their matches. The duo of Isaac Edson and Pietro Gardino handled Sammamish’s duo of Hunter Grimsted and Timothy Zeng 7-6, 6-2, while the Mount Si pair of Hayden Kirwin and Kaidan Popp took care of business with Totems Luke Tseng and Ashvath Prekumar, 6-4, 6-2. The third Wildcat twosome, Peter Riley and Will Harris, routed Sammamish’s duo of Aidan Adams and Courteney Blake 6-1, 6-2.

The Edson/Gardino duo has been a good one this year, and has a little international flavor to it as Gardino is a foreign exchange student from Italy. Both are seniors, with Edson already accepted to study at the University of Iowa next year. “These two players compliment each other so well and have challenged the top doubles teams in the league,” Bomgardner told us. “Together is the keyword. They have really grown this season as a doubles team which has been so fun to see this season.”

The whole team earned praise from their coach. “It has been such a pleasure watching these players not only grow stronger individually and improve but come together as one team,” Bomgardner told us. “Representing Mount Si proud.”

She continued, “What a special season showing amazing support and camaraderie for one another has been a wonderful thing to go through with these fine young athlete tennis players. Their sportsmanship not only with one another but with all other opponents has been top-notch. Win or lose, the thing that brings me the greatest joy is to see each and every one of them having fun this season.”

The squad finished the season Tuesday falling at Newport to drop to 4-5 in league, 5-5 overall. The team exchanged wins and losses to start the season, beating Woodinville, North Creek and Redmond but falling to both Inglemoor and Eastlake. Last Wednesday, the Wildcats beat Bothell before losing to both Skyline and Issaquah to close out last week.

The Kingco Tournament is next Tuesday and Wednesday at Skyline High School in Sammamish, then if any Mount Si players advance out of the first rounds of play there, then it picks up next Friday and Saturday at the Edgebrook Club in south Bellevue.

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Last night on the high school girls’ pitch…..

Soccer wrap from last night. Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team escaped with a quality 1-1 tie at Edmonds Stadium against host Edmonds-Woodway. Leah Cammarano scored the lone Red Wolve goal, in the 10th minute. E-W tied it in the 32nd minute and the game went to half at 1-1, then proceeded the rest of the way with the same score despite solid opportunities from both teams to break that tie.

“The girls played well and against a top four opponent – of course, we’d like to win games like this but we’ll take the point for an away match and hope the result keeps us at near the top of the RPI for Districts,” CHS coach Alex Hickox told us by email. “We look forward in returning home – we play Mountlake Terrace – and, it is our Valley Youth Soccer Night! Looking to lots of youth soccer players to join us!”

That game with Mountlake Terrace is tomorrow at home in Duvall at Cedarcrest High School’s stadium. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and more information on the youth soccer activities at the game is available on CHS’ girls’ soccer’s Facebook page.

JV blanks Warriors: Clarissa Cazares-Espinoza scored the game’s lone goal for CHS in the second half, and the Red Wolves beat Edmonds-Woodway 1-0 in the junior varsity game. Ellie Croshaw had the assist. CHS’s JV hosts Mountlake tomorrow at 5:00 prior to the varsity game.

Mount Si ladies fall to Spartans
The Wildcat girls fell to Skyline 5-1 at Skyline High School in Sammamish last night. Anna Simmons scored the Mount Si goal, their first since late September.

“Once again, this isn’t a score line that I think represented how we played. I’d say a 2-1 or 3-1 loss would’ve been more fitting for the performance,” Wildcat coach Sophie Rockow told us by email. “We didn’t play that poorly in this game, just couldn’t match up against the Skyline machine for this one. If we can continue to carry and build on how we’ve played these last two games (Inglemoor and Skyline), I’m looking forward to ending the season on a high note, regardless of our overall record or if we get into the post-season. It’s frustrating not having the results show this, but overall growth in terms of play for this Varsity squad compared to past years has been huge, and ultimately something these girls should be very proud of. I know I am.”

Mount Si hosts Newport for Senior Night next Tuesday needing to win out and get some help to advance to the postseason. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

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The biggest volleyball match for Mount Si as a 4A school is tonight. ‘Cats. ‘Eagles. A barnburner on tap in MSHS’ new gym and we bring out our preview and pick segment for this special edition!!!

This 2019 season for Mount Si High School’s volleyball team has been something special. The team is tied for first at 5-1 in league and faces off with one of the other schools they are tied with for top spot, Issaquah, also at 5-1 in Kingco 4A, tonight in what by far is frankly the biggest match this Wildcat program has played since it joined the 4A ranks back in 2014.

KINGCO 4A VOLLEYBALL
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. ISSAQUAH EAGLES
MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL, SNOQUALMIE, FIRST SERVE 7:00 P.M.

As noted, the two teams are tied for top spot in the league so this is a big one for both teams, but perhaps bigger for Mount Si. A win tonight for the Wildcats would see them potentially move into first place alone, but at a minimum they’d have a head-to-head tiebreaker on both the Eagles and North Creek, who are also tied with Mount Si for that top spot at 5-1 but who the Wildcats beat earlier in the season. More importantly, a Mount Si victory would likely knock the Eagles out of the picture for the regular season Kingco title after having started the season undefeated in league.

That all said, this Issy team is, like it’s been for years, going to be a tough customer. Mount Si’s familiar with that dating all the way back to the heyday of several years back when the two schools were both part of Kingco 3A. The Eagles are 9-1 this year overall, tied for first as noted earlier and suffered their first loss of the season last night at home being swept by North Creek, who the Wildcats beat a few weeks ago in that barnburner in late September.

Taking a look at MaxPreps, it appears the Eagles have a good group of players to watch tonight in this one.

Leading that group is senior Lauren Spencer. Going into last night’s match, she had 33 aces and 129 digs over the course of the matches that they recorded, which included matches at some of their Saturday tournaments earlier this year, and had 14 digs in the match Monday against the Jaguars. Spencer’s certainly going to have her work cut out for her against a strong Mount Si offense led by Bailey Showalter, but she’s probably good for 10-12 digs and two-three aces a contest.

Olivia Morgan has been the top setter for Issy this fall, and is averaging it appears around 20 or so assists a contest. She had 20 in the loss Monday. Expect a big number tonight with this game expected to go long into the night. The senior also is leading the team in aces, averaging around three-four of those a match and is also defending well, averaging around we think five to seven digs a contest. Morgan seems to be a jack of all trades and we’ve seen that over the years out of players from this program.

Abby May and Maya Patton are two primary offensive weapons for Issy, averaging around seven or eight kills a match although both of them are probably good for maybe 10-15 each tonight. May’s a junior and Patton’s a senior, and both will be coming off tough nights Monday, in which they combined for just eight kills in the match. May also is a defensive asset, averaging around 8-10 digs a night, so look for her to step up in that area as well. Junior Sadie Bacon led Issy with 11 kills, so she’ll also be a factor tonight.

In all, a lot of good players who are good in multiple skill areas, and that depth will be a factor we expect in this one tonight.

Mount Si is 10-2 overall on the season and has a number of players that are among the league leaders in various categories. We’ll start with sophomore Bailey Showalter, who had 14 kills, eight aces and 11 digs in the Wildcats’ win over Woodinville Monday. Showalter came into this program prior to last season with tremendous credentials, and only has enhanced those, both here and at the club level, as she has gained more experience. Showalter’s skill set is built for matches like tonight, so this will be her first real opportunity to be a “big game” performer as a high school player.

Senior setter Dana Dolan is averaging around 20-25 assists for most matches and she had 21 assists Monday. Dolan has established herself as one of the top setters in the league and perhaps with some work can land an opportunity at the next level. Hey Central Washington University, and coach Mario Andaya, two of your best-ever setters – Catie Fry and Maggie Olson – came from Foote’s program here at Mount Si. How about making “Double D” or “D-Squared” as we like to call Dolan, number three?

Sophomore Kira Holmberg is a wild card tonight, because she has served tough in recent games. A strong serving sequence in the third set of a match two weeks ago put Mount Si in cruise control to land a sweep of Redmond, and she had seven more aces and 14 digs Monday. Tonight’s match though comes with a lot of pressure, and that is not something that Holmberg is used to much at this level. Big test tonight, and how she responds will be telling for the overall chances of the squad.

A couple of players we’d like to see pick up the pace a little bit are seniors Megan Underbrink and Breana Fitzgerald. The two had modest numbers Monday – six kills, two digs for Fitzgerald and five kills, two digs and an ace for Underbrink. The two vets, both of whom also had club success last spring, if they can pick it up can become two real nice supporting pieces to help the depth of this team as it aims for the playoffs.

Wildcat coach Bonnie Foote is fast approaching 20 years at the helm of this Mount Si volleyball ship, and for the past number of those years, she’s had a solid coaching staff working with her in assistants Dave Bachman and Cristin Stahlberg. There’s a few of us old-timers in this program that remember the peak of Foote’s tenure from 2007-2013 when the team made several state tournament appearances during that time, and it seems as if we are beginning to see a return to that glory.

However, it has been a while since the team played this important a regular season match. They’ve prepped well for it, though, with that four-set win over North Creek in September, and also posting a key road win over Skyline last Wednesday night, also in four sets. So we wouldn’t expect the lack of big match experience to be a big concern for this group. This match is one that these girls and their coaching staff have circled on their calendars so they’ll be ready.

Issy, though, is coming off a loss to a strong team at home Monday, in which they were swept as mentioned earlier. So the challenge for the Eagles tonight is to come out looking to convince themselves and their fans that they are still the team to beat in Kingco, and we think they have the players to do it with.

This is a match that will be extremely important for seeding into the upcoming conference tournament. And perhaps because of that, it’s probably more important for Mount Si to win this contest, if for no other reason than it sends a message that they are a contender and it’ll make the playoff path a little easier provided players continue to follow the old Foote mantra of “improving every day, every play.” However, we sense that when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, we think Issaquah will have a little more in the tank in the end. Look for this one to go five and for Issy to eke this out.

ISSAQUAH IN 5

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The volleyball from last night: Mount Si wins, Cedarcrest falls

Wrapping up last night’s volleyball now.

Mount Si High School’s varsity volleyball team tuned up for a big clash tomorrow with Issaquah posting a nice win over Woodinville.

The Wildcats rallied from a first-set loss to dominate in four over the Falcons, scores 26-28, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 at Woodinville High School. Bailey Showalter led Mount Si with 14 kills, 11 digs and eight aces while Dana Dolan added 21 assists, nine didgs and five aces. Kira Holmberg also had a good game, with seven aces and 14 digs.

Mount Si hosts the Eagles tomorrow at 7:00. Preview and pick here in the morning.

Wildcat JV delivers against Falcons: Friley Curtiss had nine kills, four digs and an ace to lead Mount Si’s JV’s to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 win. Clara Schlotfeldt had eight digs, four aces and an assist while Katrice Dunn paced things for the Wildcats with 12 assists, a kill and two digs. Mount Si’s JV’s take on Issy tomorrow at 5:15.

Falcons take care of Mount Si “C” team: Mount Si’s “C” team couldn’t find the same magic their varsity or JV counterparts had against Woodinville, as the Falcons handed the Wildcats a 25-18, 25-10, 25-20 loss. Emma Smith led the way with six digs for Mount Si while Ella Lamoureux had nine digs and an ace. Ananya Banjeree aided the efforts for the Wildcats with four kills, four assists, a block and three digs. The Wildcats host Issy tomorrow at 5:15 leading into the varsity game.

Red Wolves swept, but fight hard
Cedarcrest’s ladies faced another Wesco foe last night, and while they were swept again, perhaps things are beginning to turn the corner.

The Red Wolves fell at home in Duvall 25-23, 25-18, 25-22 to Edmonds-Woodway. Caroline Tiffany paced things for CHS with 25 digs and two aces, while Katie Faccone had six kills and five digs. Hannah Winston aided Cedarcrest with 10 assists, and Ashley Lamb had a kill and four digs. Chloe Bigleman also pitched in for the Red Wolves with two blocks.

CHS is at Mountlake Terrace tomorrow.

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Cedarcrest High School girls’ soccer news…..

News from Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer program now.

The Red Wolves’ “C” team fell last night to Kamiak 4-1 on the road in Mukilteo. Kaitee Nelson scored the lone goal for CHS as the Knights avenged an earlier 4-1 loss to the Red Wolves in September. Cedarcrest hosts Mount Vernon tomorrow for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

Youth Soccer Night at Cedarcrest
The Red Wolve program will be hosting their annual youth soccer night on Thursday for Cedarcrest’s home games against Mountlake Terrace. Games begin at 5:00 for JV and 7:00 for varsity. Players from Cascade FC, Crossfire FC and other local youth soccer programs in uniform will get a chance to come down to the field and be part of the pregame lineup announcements. It’ll be an opportunity for local youth girls’ soccer players to see what will be in store for them when they reach the high school level. The games will be at Cedarcrest High School’s stadium, 29000 NE 150th St. in Duvall.

More information will be available on the Red Wolves’ girls’ soccer program’s Facebook page.

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