Wildcats split pair

The Mount Si girls' volleyball team tried to stay in their match with Skyline Sept. 26, but the Spartans proved to be too much in the end. Sine Schirmer led the Wildcats with five kills, six digs and two and one-half blocks, but it was not enough as Skyline won 25-22, 25-18 and 25-13 in a match originally scheduled for Mount Si that was moved to Skyline's gym. Miranda Pratt had nine kills and nine digs, and Faith Hutcherson added 17 assists to pace the Wildcat effort.

Wildcat interim coach Dave Bachman couldn't figure out why the team's performance went south in the match. "I wish I knew what happened. Maybe we could have fixed it, but Skyline played better than we did and maybe there was a little emotional letdown after losing that first game where we fought to come back and make it close, we just kind of let up, perhaps," Bachman said, then added, "It was a tough match for us."

Sophomore Miranda Pratt thought it might have been a communication issue. "I really think we needed to communicate a little more and just be more focused out there," Pratt said.

Skyline's star Bizzy Williams gave the Wildcats fits. The Wildcats' Hutcherson, who plays with Williams and her fellow Spartans teammate Kendra Kisling on the Sudden Impact club team, praised Williams. "She definitely brought her 'A' game," Hutcherson said. The Wildcats rebounded last Thursday night at Interlake. Alisha Larion and Danielle Rehm led the way in a three game sweep. Scores were 25-11, 25-19 and 25-20. "Alisha and Danielle both had very effective and efficient offensive games," Bachman said by e-mail to the Valley Record. Larion had seven kills and one error in twelve attack plays for a hitting average of 0.500, and Rehm had six kills with no errors in the same number of attack plays for a identical 0.500 average. Pratt added nine kills.

Serving was also a key to victory as Hutcherson led Mount Si with five service aces. Pratt had four aces with teammates Rachel Brun and Sine Schirmer each having three aces. They also contributed strong serving to help the team. Hutcherson also had 21 assists.

The Wildcats host Bellevue Thursday at 6:45 p.m. As the season moves into the stretch drive, Mount Si still has three tough tests remaining, one each with Issaquah, Newport and Mercer Island. Asked by the Record whether the Skyline loss is a concern, Pratt indicated that the team is still committed to success. "We just need to work hard at improving and we can take all of the ones that you just mentioned," she said.

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