The duo of Anna McCreadie and Lindsay Carr keep feeding off each other’s strengths.
Last week, the junior-senior squad of outside hitter/setters led Mount Si to claim the league championship during tournament play at Juanita.
Mount Si beat Mercer Island in the championship match, Saturday, Nov. 2 at Juanita. The Wildcats won in five sets, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, with the whole team putting in work.
McCreadie notched 16 kills, 19 assists, 15 digs and two blocks on the night. Carr, meanwhile, had 21 kills, 13 assists, five aces, 13 digs and a block. Carr, a co-MVP for the league, is heading next fall to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles on a volleyball scholarship. She’ll be doing indoor games in the fall and beach in the spring.
On Halloween night, the team paved the way with a fast win over Juanita. Mount Si handled the Rebels in three quick sets, 25-17, 25-22, 25-11.
“Lindsay was giving me great sets,” said McCreadie. “I was doing my job and terminating. It was a fun night.”
This may be the best McCreadie’s been all season.
The Rebels were hard pressed to answer McCreadie’s hard, fast kill shots. But there’s no time to rest on laurels.
“I don’t like to think there is a peak,” the junior said. “You can always get better…. I’m just going to work hard and get better.”
The team dynamic is strong. So is the focus.
“If you have a competitive mindset, you give your whole heart, and you have this desire to win,” said McCreadie. That can take you really far. I think we can do great things as a team this year.”
“I want to shout out my whole team,” Carr said Thursday. “We played awesome!”
Carr and McCreadie praised teammate Cameron Kendall, a freshman defensive specialist who served well, passed prominently and racked up digs against both the Rebels and the Islanders.
“It was awesome to see her come in and make an impact,” said McCreadie.
“We’ll be OK if we work together,” said Kendall, who thanked McCreadie for being a good team leader who “really knows how to get me up when I’m down.”
“There are definitely more challenges to come,” said Carr. “We’re still getting better as a team, having awesome practices and coming together.”
Against Mercer, Jenn Rogers had two assists, six aces and 16 digs. Liz Larson had a kill, four aces, seven digs and two blocks, Haley Holmberg had two kills, two aces and 14 digs, and Sara Brevick had six digs and a block.
Against the Rebels, Liz Larson had nine digs, and her sister Katie had two. Haley Holmberg had four kills, three aces, and four digs; Jenn Rogers had a kill, three aces and six digs. Kendall had 10 digs.
Freshman Katie Larson is loving competition at this level and being part of the team. She’s only played club for one season, but is learning from her older sister, Liz.
“It’s awesome having a big sister willing to help me,” she said.
“I think we can do it, if we work hard,” said freshman Sophie Click. “Some days, we are there, doing everything we’re supposed to. Overall, we’re a good team and we can do it.”
Mount Si is now 20-8 overall, 11-3 in league.
Moving to the Sea-King District tournament, Mount Si will play next in match 6, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Juanita High School. Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Juanita also advance to the Sea-King tourney.
Mount Si volleyball all-league players are named:
Lindsay Carr: Co-MVP
Anna McCreadie: First Team
Liz Larson: Second Team
Haley Holmberg: Honorable Mention
Cameron Kendall prepares to serve against Juanita. She had a strong night at service and defense.
Above, the Mount Si varsity volleyball team celebrate a kill in set two of their Oct. 31 league win.
Lindsay Carr, Katie McCreadie and Anna McCreadie await a Rebel serve.
Mount Si's Anna McCreadie communicates with teammates in set one of Mount Si's game against the Rebels.
Below, McCreadie and Holmberg share a high-five.
Jenn Rogers serves.
Haley Holmberg at service.
Kaitlyn Van Cise hits the ball.
Freshman Sophie Click listens to Lindsay Carr.
Lindsay Carr celebrates the team's win.
Head coach Bonnie Foote talks to the team after the win.
Anna McCreadie goes up to attempt a kill.