Skyline nets quick win over Issaquah

October 28, 2014

Bragging rights are always at stake when the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans meet, and that was the case again in an Oct. 23 volleyball match.

First-place Skyline earned the bragging rights, starting fast and building momentum on its way to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 victory over visiting Issaquah in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

“We focused and we remained really steady through the whole entire match,” said Skyline’s Kate Richardson, a junior outside hitter. “It was really fun to see everyone try really hard to beat Issaquah.”

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Patriots spike Kangs in three straight sets

October 28, 2014

The Liberty High School volleyball team sent its seniors off in style, securing a convincing victory over Lake Washington Oct. 22, as the Patriots played their regular season finale.

By Greg Farrar Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

By Greg Farrar
Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

Liberty took the match in three sets behind a dominating attack from senior Shea O’Brien, who on her senior night recorded 13 kills, including one that secured a set-clinching point.

The Patriots won the first set, 25-22; the second set, 25-23; and the third set 25-23. Despite those scores, Liberty wasn’t truly challenged until the third set, when the Patriots came from behind late to win.

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Skyline rallies for seventh at state

November 19, 2013

Neither team could have been entirely comfortable with the 9:45 a.m. start time at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, but it wasn’t the early start that got the Skyline Spartans in trouble.

By Greg Farrar Hanna Erdahl (6), Skyline High School junior outside hitter, and senior middle blocker Molly Mounsey (9) try to defend a hit by Emerald Ridge 6-foot, 1-inch junior outside hitter Jenna Mullen in the first set of their Nov. 15 state 4A tournament match. After the loss, Skyline persevered with three wins to take seventh in state while the Jaguars claimed third.

By Greg Farrar
Hanna Erdahl (6), Skyline High School junior outside hitter, and senior middle blocker Molly Mounsey (9) try to defend a hit by Emerald Ridge 6-foot, 1-inch junior outside hitter Jenna Mullen in the first set of their Nov. 15 state 4A tournament match. After the loss, Skyline persevered with three wins to take seventh in state while the Jaguars claimed third.

A veteran Skyline squad appeared jittery and unfocused when they opened the tourney Nov. 15 against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. A slow start doomed the Spartans as they dropped a 25-11, 26-24, 25-20 decision in the opening match at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

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Spartans secure third state berth in a row

November 12, 2013

By Greg Farrar Brianna Hodges (left) and Crystal Anderson, Skyline High School seniors, return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

By Greg Farrar
Molly Gallaher (left), Skyline High School sophomore, and senior Crystal Anderson return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

When the Skyline and Eastlake volleyball teams met in a regular-season match Oct. 21, Skyline let down its guard and nearly let Eastlake back into contention.

When the rival programs met again Nov. 5 in the KingCo Conference tournament with a berth into the Class 4A state tournament at stake, the Spartans didn’t let history repeat itself.

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Spartans girls volleyball downs Wolves in four sets

October 29, 2013

Skyline High volleyball coach Callie Wesson is confident in her team’s ability to have a successful postseason run after the Spartans surged to 10 wins in their first 12 matches.

Skyline’s only losses have been to a pair of state-title contenders – 4A KingCo Conference rival Newport and 3A powerhouse Mercer Island – and the Spartans continued their run of good form on their home court on Oct. 21, downing the Eastlake Wolves 3-1.

Skyline Spartans setter Megan Wedeking gets the ball in a good position as teammate Emily Anne Owen looks on.  By Neil Pierson

Skyline Spartans setter Megan Wedeking gets the ball in a good position as teammate Emily Anne Owen looks on.
By Neil Pierson

With the KingCo championship tournament beginning Nov. 2, Skyline has a chance to knock Newport from its perch, but Wesson isn’t concerned about the opposition.

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Eagles spike Patriots

September 24, 2013

By Greg Farrar Kenna Hanses (7) and Shea O’Brien, of Liberty High School, reject a shot by Nicole Ratcliffe (12), of Issaquah, during a point won by the Patriots in the first set of their Sept. 19 volleyball match.

By Greg Farrar
Kenna Hanses (7) and Shea O’Brien, of Liberty High School, reject a shot by Nicole Ratcliffe (12), of Issaquah, during a point won by the Patriots in the first set of their Sept. 19 volleyball match.

The Issaquah High School volleyball team found a multitude of ways to win during its three-set sweep of Liberty on Sept. 19.

In the first set, it was all about domination; in the second, the Eagles had to claw their way back from an early deficit; and in the third, Issaquah maintained its lead, despite a last minute surge by the Patriots.

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Mercer Island tops Skyline in clash of powers

September 17, 2013

There aren’t many drawbacks to playing a quality, out-of-conference opponent to start the season, even if you lose.

That’s the way the Skyline High School volleyball team viewed its 3-1 loss to visiting Mercer Island on Sept. 9. Skyline’s defense played well early, but the relentless attack of the Islanders’ star outside hitters eventually wore them down in a 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 decision.

Skyline High School senior Crystal Anderson gets set to serve during her team’s match with Mercer Island on Sept. 9. Anderson had 14 kills and 12 digs in the Spartans’ 3-1 loss.

Skyline High School senior Crystal Anderson gets set to serve during her team’s match with Mercer Island on Sept. 9. Anderson had 14 kills and 12 digs in the Spartans’ 3-1 loss.

Both teams entered the season-opener with big expectations — Skyline was ranked No. 8 in Class 4A; Mercer Island was No. 3 in 3A — and nothing changed for the Spartans, even though they fell short.

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Spartan duo hopes to spark veteran volleyball squad

August 20, 2013

Coming off a sixth-place finish in 2011 at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, the Skyline High School Spartans felt 2012 would be a season for them to challenge for a championship.

It didn’t quite work out that way. Skyline had a dominating regular season, and then beat Newport to capture the KingCo Conference tournament title. At state, however, the Spartans got off to a slow start, losing to Union in straight sets. They beat Wenatchee to stay alive for a trophy, but were swept out of the tourney at the hands of Auburn Riverside.

By Neil Pierson Crystal Anderson (left) and Molly Mounsey are hoping to make their senior seasons with the Skyline High School volleyball team a special one.

By Neil Pierson
Crystal Anderson (left) and Molly Mounsey are hoping to make their senior seasons with the Skyline High School volleyball team a special one.

It was an experience that this year’s four seniors — including reigning all-conference selections Crystal Anderson and Molly Mounsey — may use for motivation.

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Skyline volleyball team spiked from state playoffs

November 13, 2012

Despite playing what its coach called its best volleyball of the year in beating Newport 3-1 to claim the KingCo 4A hardware and then cruising through regional action, the Skyline High School Spartans’ momentum waned as they ultimately lost their way Nov. 9 and 10 at the state tournament held at St. Martin’s University.

The Spartans, who made their presence known in their 2011 state appearance, rallied back to take a solid sixth-place trophy back home to Sammamish. They seemed to get off on the wrong foot this time out of the gate and finished ninth out of 16 teams.

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Skyline High School eyes run at state volleyball title

November 6, 2012

When Skyline’s volleyball squad breaks camp to participate in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament in Lacey, the Spartans will be aspiring to carry over some of the momentum they recently gleaned by beating nearby nemesis Newport in the KingCo 4A championship match.

In beating the Knights in that championship battle Nov. 1 in Skyline’s gym, where this year’s KingCo 4A tourney was held, the Spartans avenged a setback that they absorbed in mid-September, in which the Knights embarrassed their visitors by getting out the broom on the Spartans, sweeping them three sets to none.

Not only that, but Skyline did not score more than 19 points in any of the three swiftly-moving sets, as a stingy Newport crew made the Spartans earn every stinking point they managed to sweat out on that miserable night.

Fortunately, Skyline’s coach has a very long memory and he did not allow his team to forget that agonizing, torturous evening at Newport.

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