Issaquah Eagles clinch tie for volleyball title

October 21, 2010

By Bob Taylor

UPDATED — 10:55 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls volleyball team clinched at least a tie for the 4A KingCo Conference regular-season volleyball title Wednesday when the Eagles defeated host Ballard 3-0.

Issaquah won the games 25-8, 25-18, 25-12. The Eagles got strong punch again up front from Rachel Roeder, who had 19 kills, and Sarah Hanna, who had 10 kills. Setter Riley Sorenson had 28 assists and Nina Moore had 11 assists.

The Eagles are 9-0 in league action with one match left to play Oct. 25 at second-place Newport,8-1.

Newport had been tied with Issaquah for first place prior to Wednesday. However, the Knights were upset by Roosevelt 3-1.

In other action, Skyline defeated Redmond 25-22, 25-12, 25-14. Kennedy Stoa had 32 assists and Mikayla Silva had 10 kills for Skyline, 3-6 in league play. Halle Erdahl contributed eight kills and five aces for the Spartans.

Liberty Patriots lose heartbreaker

The Liberty High School volleyball team came close Wednesday to knocking off perennial power Mercer Island for the second time this season. However, the visiting Islanders rallied for a 3-2 victory against Liberty in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Liberty lost the first game 23-25 but fought back to take the next two games 25-20 and 25-22. Mercer Island forced a tie-breaking game when it won the fourth game 25-14. The Islanders then captured the match by winning the tie-breaker 15-6.

Aspen Winegar had a strong all-around performance for Liberty with 12 kills, 17 digs and 14 aces. Katie Walsh had eight kills, 16 digs and 15 aces for the Patriots. Alanah Bell contributed eight blocks and five kills, and Megan Tsutakawa had 25 assists.

Liberty, 6-7 in league play, concludes its regular season Oct. 25 at home against Interlake.

Skyline swimmers suffer first loss

The Skyline High School girls swimming team lost its first dual meet in two years Tuesday when the Spartans were defeated by Newport 99-87 in Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.

Skyline was undefeated a year ago and defeated 10 teams this season entering the Oct. 19 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Despite the defeat, Skyline swimmers posted some outstanding times.

Katie Kinnear won two events in state-qualifying times. Kinnear captured the 50-yard freestyle in 23.82 seconds and won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.37.

Kinnear also swam on the Spartans’ winning 400 freestyle relay, which had a state-qualifying time of 3:42.77.

Maria Volodkevich, Meghan O’Keefe and Nina Zook were other members of the relay.

Volodkevich had a state-qualifying time of 5:17.93 in winning the 500 freestyle. Zook posted a state-qualifying time of 2:14.54 in taking the 200 individual medley. O’Keefe had a state-qualifying time of 58.87 in capturing the 100 butterfly.

Jessie Dart, of Skyline, won the fastest race of the meet. She took first in the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:09.43. Newport’s Caroline Van Maren was second with a state-qualifying time of 1:10.20, and Skyline’s Andi Scarcello was third with a state-qualifying time of 1:10.22.

Skyline had state-qualifying times despite finishing second in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. The 200 medley relay of Sarah Elderkin, Dart, O’Keefe and Volodkevich swam a 1:54.76. Zook, Marissa Bennett, Stephanie Munoz and Kinnear finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.71.

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