Slideshow | League awards fire up Mount Si volleyball as postseason journey continues

Fired up from a season awards shout-out, Mount Si’s Kingco All-league selections Sarah McDonald, Lyndsay Carr and Lauren Smith led the varsity volleyball team to a prompt win over Lake Washington Thursday, Oct. 27, in three sets.

“We just play our game,” said Sarah McDonald, who made 13 kills from behind the net and picked up a pair of aces in Mount Si’s 25-13, 25-15, 25-15 win. “We come out every night and work our butts off.”

McDonald picked up the league Most Valuable Player nod that night, to cheers of teammates. Joining her in honors included first-team players Lyndsay Carr, a sophomore, and Lauren Smith, a junior team captain and key leader.

Rachel Hayford and Krista Galloway were named to the second team, and Lexie Read and Kailey Capelouto were given honorable mentions.

“It’s really awesome, but I wouldn’t have won it without my teammates,” MacDonald said.

Head coach Bonnie Foote three-peated as coach of the year.

“Foote deserves it every time,” McDonald said. “She’s the greatest coach I’ve ever had.”

Carr, a local club player who transferred out of state last year, now back for her first year on varsity, had 11 kills and an ace, helping dominate from the front.

She credited Mount Si with great plays, and a fun night. On her mind is a state trip, potentially her first as a high school player.

Foote said she knew McDonald had MVP potential in her, based on the senior’s work in practices.

As for Carr, she’s got a bright future, Foote said. “She can really help us. She’s one of the most talented sophomores I’ve ever had come through here.”

Brooke Bonner, who had an ace on the night, was the closer for Mount Si, bringing in the final successful serves.

“Brooke’s a great senior,” Foote said. “I wanted to give her a shot at it: ‘What can you do?’” She delivered.

While there are some things to work on—and little time left in the season to do it—Mount Si is looking strong offensively.

“We’re peaking at the right time,” Foote said. “Our passing is solid, serving is solid.”

“We stayed on an even keel,” said junior Lexie Read. “If we did something wrong, we didn’t let it get us down.”

Team spirits remain high.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the intensity and energy, so we’re excited for the league championships,” Read said.

• Mount Si plays in the SeaKing district tournament, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Sammamish High School.

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