Skyline Spartans’ attack is too much for Issaquah Eagles

October 11, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Considering it’s playing with virtually a whole new team this season, the Issaquah High School volleyball squad put up a good fight Oct. 6 against the improved Skyline Spartans.

Skyline, the host team, won 3-0 to improve to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in league play. It was the Eagles’ first loss to the Spartans in three meetings.

The Eagles finished with a little comeback in the third set that made things interesting. Otherwise Skyline dominated the match, using a number of attack options and scoring points with quick kills from standout Maddie Magee from the left side of the court.

“I think they have a lot of weapons,” Issaquah coach Todd Parsons said after the match. “We played one of our better matches … and forced them to make kills on us.”

Skyline looked like a synchronized machine for much of the match.

Down the stretch in the third quarter, Issaquah relied on three straight Sam Rogers aces to bring the Eagles to within two points, with the score 18-16 Skyline. It eventually tied the game at 19 all, but Skyline went on a 6-1 run to close out the match.

Skyline had lost two in a row leading up to the Issaquah match and was looking to get back on track to hold third place in KingCo Conference 4A behind Newport (5-0 league) and Roosevelt (6-0).

“Basically, we needed to take care of ourselves,” Skyline coach Callie Wesson said. “It was us playing Skyline volleyball.”

Magee dominated from the left side attack. She tallied 16 kills and 12 digs on the night. But perhaps her best stretch came in the first set, when she helped the Spartans score eight points in a row. Issaquah struggled to score early and managed 17 points in the first quarter.

Magee seemed happy with her performance.

“I felt it was really good,” she said after the match.

Madison Stoa, a senior setter, gave Magee most of those opportunities and finished with 27 assists and eight kills. Molly Mounsey got six kills and six blocks for Skyline.

“The team’s been working really hard,” Magee said. Issaquah had defeated Skyline the past two times they faced each other. “We wanted this game bad. We knew we had to come out and take care of business.”

Skyline won the second set, 25-13, by shutting down Issaquah’s Rogers, Misty Siochi and Kirsten Fischer up front. Despite Issaquah scoring the first two points in the third quarter, Skyline sped ahead and won, 25-20. Rogers finished with 10 kills and three aces, Fischer had six kills and Siochi had five. Issaquah’s Mackenzie Bostic finished with 21 assists and Lindsey Ferguson executed 14 digs.

At 0-7 overall and 0-5 in KingCo, Issaquah, which finished second in the state in 2010, lost nine seniors to graduation and is remaking itself, Parsons said.

“This team is learning its identity and KingCo volleyball is hard,” he said. “We’ve started to learn what it takes to play at this level.”

Spartans blanked by Newport

Skyline gave a strong effort Oct. 4 but lost to Newport, 3-0. The host Knights won the games, 26-24, 25-22, 25-20.

Stoa had 21 assists. Magee had a strong all-around match with 16 kills, 11 digs and three aces.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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