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Always on time: Mount Si volleyball's hitters deliver, grow in experience against Bellevue | Slideshow
From her post as setter, senior team captain Lauren Smith was in a good position to actively watch as teammates on the Mount Si varsity volleyball team delivered a domination of the Bellevue Wolverines at home Thursday, evening, Sept. 20.
From Smith's perspective, Mount Si's four middle blockers—Haley Groth, Taylor Herro, Katelyn Hoydal, Haley Holmberg—were everywhere, on time that night, doing what they needed to do.
Mount Si's strengths of communication and timing were evident in their first set, a 25-13 win. The edge allowed head coach Bonnie Foote to play some younger athletes and grow depth, before the Wildcats start to face stronger competition later in the season.
Sophomore Jen Rogers was called up from junior varsity to suit up as a server.
"I got one ace, which is better than I was hoping," she said. "I was hoping to get them all over."
Mount Si went on to finish the night, 25-16, 25-21.
"We played really well as a team tonight," said outside hitter Anna McCreadie. She is happy "just knowing I did my best and swung hard."
Fellow hitter Lindsay Carr said her teammates terminated well on the night. The hitters showed strong communication in calling their shots, and follow-through in raining balls down on Bellevue.
Smith, a co-captain, delivered 22 assists on the night; she said she is nothing without her teammates.
Rogers praised the group's ability to communicate.
"We're all really close," she said.
Mount Si is now 6-0 overall.
Mount Si went on to beat Mercer Island on Monday, Sept. 24 in five sets, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-25, 15-12. They play Thursday, Sept. 27, at Liberty. Game time is 7 p.m.
Mount Si Varsity Volleyball versus Bellevue: Stats and highlights
Mount Si won 25-13, 25-16, 25-21
Kaitlyn Van Cise: 3 digs
Genevieve Knoppi: 1 ace, 21 digs
Haley Groth: 1 dig
Rachel Hayford: 1 ace, 7 digs
Taylor Herro: 2 kills, 0.5 blocks
Sydney Leonard : 2 assists, 1 ace, 1 dig, 0.5 blocks
Lexie Read: 6 kills, 1 dig
Anna McCreadie: 8 kills, 1 dig
Katelyn Hoydal: 1 ace, 1 dig
Lindsay Carr: 12 kills, 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 block
Lauren Smith: 22 assists, 3 aces, 2 digs
Haley Holmberg: 2 kills