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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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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Skyline volleyball team inches a step closer to state

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.

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Skyline Spartans volleyteam team spikes another foe, stays unbeaten

October 9, 2012

Molly Mounsey (left), Skyline High School junior middle blocker, and Halle Erdahl, senior outside hitter, go up to hit back a volley by Inglemoor junior Julia Howard for a point during the second set. By Greg Farrar

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.

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Issaquah Eagles struggle to keep up with league leaders

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.”

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Issaquah Eagles sweep Liberty Patriots in volleyball rivalry

September 18, 2012

Leanne Scott (left), Issaquah High School senior offensive hitter, puts the ball over the net for set and match point Sept. 12 as Melia Parilla jumps up to defend for Liberty. By Greg Farrar

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.

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Local high schools’ fall sports teams wrap up

November 22, 2011

Girls cross country finally makes state

Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School’s girls cross country team made a triumphant return to the state championships earlier this month, finishing 10th overall and placing 21st out of 72 teams.

The 2011 season commemorated the team’s first return to state in 13 years after succeeding in various invitationals, finishing second at the KingCo Conference and placing fifth at districts.

Notable runners include senior Rachel Osgood, who placed 32nd overall at state; freshmen Ellie Clawson, Cayla Seligman, Abby Wilson and Ellie Hendrickson; and sophomore Amanda Chalfant, all of who participated at state.

“Everyone improved drastically,” captain Madison Callan said. “The team worked really hard this year, and we ended up holding a season record of 9-1.”

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Issaquah, Skyline volleyball players earn all-league

November 22, 2011

Seniors Sam Rogers, of Issaquah High School, and Maddie Magee, of Skyline High School, were named to the KingCo Conference 4A all-league first team.

Rogers, an outside hitter, was one of three seniors on the young Issaquah team. The year before, she helped the Eagles finish second in the 4A state tournament. This year, Rogers sparked Issaquah to the KingCo tournament.

Magee, an outside hitter, had a spectacular year for the Spartans. She led them to the 4A state tournament where Skyline placed sixth. Magee, who has signed a national letter of intent with University of Oregon, was also selected to the all-tournament team.

Other members of the all-league first team were outside hitters Sarah O’Connor, of Roosevelt; Peircen Lundquist, of Bothell; Jazmine Johnson-McCoy, of Garfield; Ali Forde, of Woodinville; middle hitter Casey Schoenleim, of Newport; libero Sophia Black, of Garfield; and setter Maile Munro, of Roosevelt.

Outside hitter Hallie Erdahl and setter Madison Stoa, of Skyline, were named to the second team.

McKenzie Bostic and Lindsey Ferguson, of Issaquah; and Molly Mounsey, of Skyline, received honorable mention.

Outside hitter Aspen Winegar, of Liberty High School, was named to the KingCo 3A/2A second team. Megan Tsutakawa and Taylor Weik, of Liberty, received honorable mention.

Skyline volleyball team records its best finish in school history

November 15, 2011

LACEY — Maddie Magee wanted more than memories.

The Skyline High School senior wanted a memento to commemorate a special volleyball season — for herself and her school.

She helped make sure the Spartans got one Nov. 12 as she led them to a trophy finish at the Class 4A state tournament at St. Martin’s College.

Magee pounded 22 kills and added 10 digs to key a 3-1 victory against Kent-Meridian in the loser-out match early Nov. 12. That assured Skyline of a volleyball trophy for only the second time in school history and a best-ever finish. The Spartans wound up sixth after losing the consolation final to Puyallup, 3-0. Skyline finished seventh in the 2000 3A tournament.

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Skyline volleyball team earns KingCo No. 3 berth

November 4, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The Skyline High School volleyball team kept its hopes of earning a state tournament berth alive Thursday when the Spartans won two matches at the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Bothell. The two victories enabled Skyline, 15-4 overall, to win the KingCo No. 3 berth.

By winning the league’s No. 3 berth, Skyline meets the Western Conference No. 3 team Saturday in a match to determine a berth into next week’s Class 4A state tournament at St. Martin’s College.

Skyline twice fought back to win its matches after dropping the first set. In Skyline’s first match of the day, the Spartans stunned 10th-ranked Roosevelt 3-1.

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