Skyline volleyball team inches a step closer to state

October 30, 2012

By John Leggett

The Skyline High volleyball squad continued its reign of terror on the rest of KingCo 4A as the vaunted green and white six-pack darkened the door of the nearby Issaquah Eagles Nest and slapped the big birds aside, winning in four sets, 18-25, 27-25, 25-21 and 25-15. The first round KingCo tourney win lifted Skyline’s overall mark to 13-2 and got the Spartans one step closer to the big dance.

Skyline has only dropped matches to league-leading 9-1 Newport (three games to none) in the KingCo 4A and 13-0 undefeated perennial powerhouse and KingCo 2A/3A frontrunner Mercer Island (three games to one).

The visitors from Sammamish spotted the hosting Eagles the first set 25-18, as the Spartans were caught off guard by a feisty Issaquah group in the first round of the KingCo 4A playoffs.

After the Spartans dragged themselves off the canvas, they regained control of the match as Katy Valencia recorded 21 assists as well as 11 digs, and a versatile Halle Erdhal manufactured 14 kills in addition to 16 digs. Skyline’s Emily Anne Owen did a great job of keeping the long volleys alive with 13 digs, and Emily Harris rocketed a handful of aces over the webbing.

Meanwhile for Issaquah, whose record fell to 5-9 overall, several of the Eagle girls notched a memorable evening to finish out the season. Most notably Leanne Scott scorched the Skyline side of the court with 15 kills, dredged up 10 digs and slammed home three blazing aces.

Also for the Eagles, Rachel Baker furnished 18 assists; Lauren Scott stepped up her game with a dozen kills, 10 digs and three aces; and Lindsey Ferguson hit the floor for 14 digs in addition to sending three fireballs over the barrier for aces.

The nail-biting rivalry encounter was the only matchup of the week for either squad, and Skyline played its last regularly slated contest of the season against Bothell last night (Oct. 30), before both squads head into district action this weekend.

In KingCo 2A/3A the evening of Oct. 23, Liberty High School’s league mark slipped to 6-8 as the Patriot v-ballers made the journey to Wildcatville, only to suffer three straight setbacks. A stalwart Mount Si crew got out the broom to sweep the Patriots 3-0, as Liberty dropped set one, 25-19, and the ensuing tandem of challenges, 25-22 and 25-16. This despite Liberty’s Malia Parilla coming up with 17 assists and Kristy Braunstan hitting the floor for 18 digs.

Then in the KingCo 3A District tournament at Sammamish High School on Oct. 25, Liberty squared off against a determined Bellevue High School unit. The match went into sudden death overtime as Liberty won both the first and third sets, 25-23, but then Bellevue fought back hard to claim victory in the fourth set, 27-25, and send the match into what would be the deciding bonus round. In sudden death, Bellevue prevailed, 15-11, to bring an abrupt close to Liberty’s season.

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