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.
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.
September 24, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was an experience that this year’s four seniors — including reigning all-conference selections Crystal Anderson and Molly Mounsey — may use for motivation.
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.
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.
October 30, 2012
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.
October 9, 2012
In the middle of the third game of the Oct. 2 volleyball match, Skyline High School’s Molly Mounsey came from behind the middle and outside hitters to drive a set from Meghan Wedeking straight past Inglemoor’s blockers.
October 9, 2012
While Newport and Skyline appear to be running away with possible KingCo 4A volleyball titles, other teams like Issaquah are toiling just to contend and keep up.
“Newport is probably the most organized and well-drilled squad in this league, but Skyline most likely is the better team as far as sheer physical size,” Issaquah head coach Todd Parsons said recently. “Giants rule in the world of volleyball and we don’t have nearly as many six footers on our squad as the Knights (5-0 in league) and the Spartans (5-1 in league).
“But despite the recent absence of senior setter Nina Moore, who had her tonsils out two weeks ago, I think we are going to be all right,” he added. “Eight out of the 11 squads in this conference go to the playoffs, and despite our lack of real size, we are playing .500 volleyball right now.”
September 18, 2012
With pounding music in the gymnasium as the setting, the cross-district rivalry was reignited as the Issaquah High School volleyball team swept Liberty High School, 3-0, Sept. 12.