Mount Si volleyball's skilled teamwork makes short work of Interlake

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Mount Si's Noelle Stockstad, center, braces for a set during play Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the team's three-game streak against Interlake. She had three assists and four digs.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

The Mount Si women's volleyball team delivered the wins in three games in short order Wednesday, Sept. 21, at home against Interlake.

The Wildcats hammed out two sets in quick succession, then hung onto a narrow lead in game three to take all the marbles, 25-10, 25-13 and 25-20.

It took a team effort, but the Mount Si veterans were in the forefront. Senior co-captain Sarah McDonald delivered nine kills from the net and four aces from the back, while senior Krista Galloway hammered five kills. Junior Lauren Smith led from the floor, with 14 assists and four kills of her own.

"Everyone needs a shout-out," McDonald said. "Tonight was about coming into the court and playing out game, keeping a nice even keel with intensity."

"We worked as a team today, and that's what we needed," added Smith.

Junior Genevieve Knoppi showed her game face in delivering from the back line, delivering two aces during her service stint in game three.

"I feel like I've gotten a lot better," she said.

Head coach Bonnie Foote complimented Knoppi's play.

"I'm gonna give her more opportunities for sure," she said.

The coach also had good words for Galloway's defensive play.

Besides a few errors, the senior felt play was solid. She's happy with her senior season's progression so far.

"It's really fun to finally be on top and feel like people are looking up to you," she said.

In other highlights, Lyndsay Carr had three kills and four aces and one full block. Lexi Read had an assist and two aces, and Kailey Capelouto had two kills, an ace, two digs and three full blocks. Noelle Stockstad had three assists and four digs.

The Wildcats came into Wednesday's game off a Monday, Sept. 19, road win against Juanita, 25-16, 25-22, 25-14.

This coming Monday, the team hosts Bellevue, then heads to Mercer Island, then Liberty on Oct. 3. Game time is 7 p.m.

Mount Si is now 5-0 in league, 8-3 overall.

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