Liberty stuns Mercer Island in volleyball

September 28, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Sept. 28, 2010

The Mercer Island Islanders have usually had their way with the Liberty High School volleyball team in recent years. However, the Islanders’ dominance came to an end Monday when the host Patriots prevailed 3-2 in a dramatic 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Liberty won the tie-breaking fifth game 15-5 to hand Mercer Island its first loss of the season. Mercer Island won the first game 25-12 but Liberty bounced back to win the next two games 25-19 and 25-22. The Islanders sent the match into overtime by winning the fourth game 25-22.

The Patriots, 4-2 in league play, received outstanding efforts from several players. Megan Tsutakawa had a team-high 32 assists. Katie Walsh had a team-high 12 kills and four aces. Kristy Braunston had a strong defensive game with a team-high 15 digs. Aspen Winegar had eight kills and 10 digs, Sarah Hewitt had five kills and five blocks, Molly Culwell had six kills and four aces, and Jessica Pickering had eight kills.

Mercer Island, which entered the match in first place, is 5-1 in league play and 6-1 for the season.

In 4A KingCo action, Skyline lost to host Ballard 3-2. Ballard won the tie-breaker 15-9. The Beavers won the first game 25-15 but Skyline regrouped to win the second game 25-20. Ballard took the third game 25-16 but Skyline forced the overtime match by winning the fourth game 25-16.

Emily Harris had 11 digs and six aces for Skyline. Alyssa Workman contributed 34 assists, Maddie Magee had 14 kills and three blocks, and Halle Erdahl had 10 kills and 13 digs for the Spartans.

Skyline is 1-1 in league play and 4-2 overall.

Issaquah golfers top Woodinville

Weston Mui shot a 1-under-par 35 Monday to lead the Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 181-185 victory against visiting Woodinville in a 4A KingCo Conference match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. Bryan Jung and Cameron Simpson each had par 36s for Issaquah.

Skyline netters down Inglemoor

The Skyline High School boys tennis team swept the four singles matches Monday en route to a 5-2 4A KingCo Conference victory against Inglemoor.

Aman Manji, of Skyline, won the No. 1 singles match by defeating Jeffery Chinn 6-0, 6-0.

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