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Slow start but eventual win

In the Sea-King District Tournament last Thursday at Mercer Island High School, the Wildcats overcame a tough, game one defeat to wax a tired Nathan Hale squad from Seattle, 23-25, 25-8, 25-25 and 25-12. Following the match, the Nathan Hale team honored the Wildcats' junior middle blocker Marissa Hill with the "Too Hot to Handle" award, while senior star setter Maggie Olson received the Most Valuable Opponent award.

Nathan Hale's coach, Eugene Burt, said his team has been offering the awards for years as a show of sportsmanship.

"It's just a way of at the end of the match making everyone realize it was just a game and whether we win or lose, we like to honor the person who [we] thought really did the job," Burt said.

As for the match, game one was close throughout with the Wildcats holding the lead early. Nathan Hale, however, took the lead late and didn't look back despite Mount Si's best efforts. A Nathan Hale kill sealed game one.

The Wildcats then blew out to a huge lead in game two and cruised to the win. An ace by senior middle blocker Chandra Rappin closed out the game and tied the match.

Mount Si quickly broke out to a 4-0 lead in game three, only to see Nathan Hale tie. The Wildcats then went to work and despite a short Red Raider rally late, took care of business. A Hill kill closed out game three in Mount Si's favor.

The fourth game opened just like game three with Mount Si jumping out to a quick lead only to see the Red Raiders' rally. The Wildcats went to work again and ran Nathan Hale off of the floor. A Nathan Hale error on match point sealed the victory for the Wildcats.

"We were making ourselves work too hard, and we calmed down and relaxed and started to play our own game and we took it away," said Olson.

Hill was surprised the opposing team gave her an award for her great play.

"I've never had a team do this before. That's really cool. We might have to take that tradition, I don't know. It's a neat award," she said.


Inconsistent effort dooms 'Cats

The Wildcat vollyball team's Achilles' heel all season has been their inability to defeat, let alone put up a consistently good match against, a tough opponent. That bug nipped them again Saturday at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle as the 'Cats struggled through games two and three before being defeated in four games by top-ranked Seattle Prep in Mount Si's biggest match in coach Bonnie Foote's tenure with the school. Scores were 22-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-23 in favor of the defending state champions from Seattle Prep.

"They were tough, but we played them really well, and I'm really pleased. If we can play them that tough, there's not anybody that we should at least do [well against] from here on out ... so hopefully [we'll] go out there and take care of business," the coach said.

Mount Si held their own against the Panthers in the first game. The Wildcats played a consistent, focused game in taking out Seattle Prep in game one. A Hill kill sealed it and Mount Si proved they could at least play with the best.

Seattle Prep changed all that by controlling games two and three, thanks to the dominating inside efforts of senior middle hitters Cristina Payne and Che Oh. An ace by senior outside hitter Lauren Nuyen closed out game two, and a Payne kill clinched game three for Seattle Prep.

The focused, consistent effort Mount Si had in game one returned in game four as the Wildcats built as high as a 16-10 lead before Prep came back and won the match. A Mount Si error on match point sealed the match and a state berth for the Panthers.


Wildcats season ends in thriller

Mount Si's season came to a sad end in a thriller with Eastside Catholic, also at Bishop Blanchet. The scores were 25-23, 13-25, 25-15, 21-25 and 15-10, in favor of the Crusaders.

Despite the heartbreak, there really is not a whole lot that Mount Si should be disappointed about. No Kingco team, including Skyline, will be playing at the state 3A volleyball tournament in Everett this weekend, which, according to the King County Journal, is the first time that has happened since the current Kingco alignment was formed several years ago. All four berths belonging to Sea-King went to teams from the Metro League. Following the match, the Nathan Hale team honored the Wildcats' junior middle blocker Marissa Hill with the "Too Hot to Handle" award, while senior star setter Maggie Olson received the Most Valuable Opponent award.

Nathan Hale's coach, Eugene Burt, said his team has been offering the awards for years as a show of sportsmanship.

"It's just a way of at the end of the match making everyone realize it was just a game and whether we win or lose, we like to honor the person who [we] thought really did the job," Burt said.

As for the match, game one was close throughout with the Wildcats holding the lead early. Nathan Hale, however, took the lead late and didn't look back despite Mount Si's best efforts. A Nathan Hale kill sealed game one.

The Wildcats then blew out to a huge lead in game two and cruised to the win. An ace by senior middle blocker Chandra Rappin closed out the game and tied the match.

Mount Si quickly broke out to a 4-0 lead in game three, only to see Nathan Hale tie. The Wildcats then went to work and despite a short Red Raider rally late, took care of business. A Hill kill closed out game three in Mount Si's favor.

The fourth game opened just like game three with Mount Si jumping out to a quick lead only to see the Red Raiders' rally. The Wildcats went to work again and ran Nathan Hale off of the floor. A Nathan Hale error on match point sealed the victory for the Wildcats.

"We were making ourselves work too hard, and we calmed down and relaxed and started to play our own game and we took it away," said Olson.

Hill was surprised the opposing team gave her an award for her great play.

"I've never had a team do this before. That's really cool. We might have to take that tradition, I don't know. It's a neat award," she said.


Inconsistent effort dooms 'Cats

The Wildcat vollyball team's Achilles' heel all season has been their inability to defeat, let alone put up a consistently good match against, a tough opponent. That bug nipped them again Saturday at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle as the 'Cats struggled through games two and three before being defeated in four games by top-ranked Seattle Prep in Mount Si's biggest match in coach Bonnie Foote's tenure with the school. Scores were 22-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-23 in favor of the defending state champions from Seattle Prep.

"They were tough, but we played them really well, and I'm really pleased. If we can play them that tough, there's not anybody that we should at least do [well against] from here on out ... so hopefully [we'll] go out there and take care of business," the coach said.

Mount Si held their own against the Panthers in the first game. The Wildcats played a consistent, focused game in taking out Seattle Prep in game one. A Hill kill sealed it and Mount Si proved they could at least play with the best.

Seattle Prep changed all that by controlling games two and three, thanks to the dominating inside efforts of senior middle hitters Cristina Payne and Che Oh. An ace by senior outside hitter Lauren Nuyen closed out game two, and a Payne kill clinched game three for Seattle Prep.

The focused, consistent effort Mount Si had in game one returned in game four as the Wildcats built as high as a 16-10 lead before Prep came back and won the match. A Mount Si error on match point sealed the match and a state berth for the Panthers.


Wildcats season ends in thriller

Mount Si's season came to a sad end in a thriller with Eastside Catholic, also at Bishop Blanchet. The scores were 25-23, 13-25, 25-15, 21-25 and 15-10, in favor of the Crusaders.

Despite the heartbreak, there really is not a whole lot that Mount Si should be disappointed about. No Kingco team, including Skyline, will be playing at the state 3A volleyba

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