Mount Si volleyball will return to state tourney

November 7, 2012

By Staff

Some screamed, some shouted, some cried, some remained silent. But every expression seemed to say the same thing: We’ll get them yet.

“We played our game and we fought the whole time. We didn’t come out on top, but wait ‘til state,” said Wildcat freshman Anna McCreadie, one of the volleyball players who lost the district championship game to the Mercer Island Islanders in five sets in Seattle Oct. 27.

It was the third time Mount Si had lost to the Islanders in the 2012 season.

By Sebastian Moraga
Senior blocker Lauren Smith (left) during the district championship game in Seattle against Mercer Island. Mercer Island overcame the Wildcats in five sets. Both teams qualified for state.

“The game showed us we have to work so much harder this week in practice, so we can beat teams like these,” Wildcat Jenn Rogers said.

Mount Si did earn a ticket to state for the sixth year in a row. The excitement of the trip to Lacey’s St. Martin’s University was tempered by having come so close to beating the Islanders.

The Wildcats came back from six points down, 15-21, to win the first set 25-23. Mercer Island won the second set 25-22, and Mount Si won the third set 25-21. In the fourth set, Mount Si could not repeat the comeback and lost 25-16.

In the fifth set, Mount Si jumped to an early 5-2 lead, causing head coach Bonnie Foote to jump off her seat and scream “Good job.”

Mercer Island reacted and evened the set at 9-9 when a Mount Si block went out of bounds. On the next point, Mercer Island took the lead. The two teams went back and forth all the way to the end. At 14-14, two controversial calls favored Mercer Island, giving the Islanders the lead, the match and the trophy.

Foote slammed her notebook on the ground on the last call.

“We took too many mental vacations, too many times during that match,” Foote said. “When you get a lead, you keep a lead. If you play consistent volleyball for long periods of time you are going to win the match.”

Lindsay Carr had 32 kills, 21 digs, three assists and two blocks. Lauren Smith had 41 assists, 9 digs, 1.5 blocks and one ace.

Lexie Read had 12 digs, five kills, one assist, one ace, and 1.5 blocks. Rachel Hayford had 13 digs and Gen Knoppi had 19 digs and three assists.

Foote added, “My girls deserved that match. They are classy, they don’t celebrate before the match, and they will remain classy. We’ve got to get a lot better this week. If we do that, we can have a shot at it.”

Mount Si began its weekend with wins against Ingraham and Eastside Catholic Oct. 26, and Lakeside Oct. 27. The win against Lakeside earned the Wildcats a state berth.

The Wildcats’ first round match at state is against Glacier Peak 9:45 a.m. Nov. 9. Mount Si has finished sixth in the last three trips to state.

A sixth-place finish won’t cut it this year, McCreadie said.

“Mercer Island should be scared right now, because we are getting better,” Foote said. “Every time we play them, we add a little more fuel to that fire. We are going to get them.”

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