Mount Si clinches second in Kingco Tournament

The Mount Si Wildcats girls' volleyball team clinched second place in the Kingco 3A Tournament last Saturday at Liberty High School. The Wildcats came from behind to shock Mercer Island before losing to Skyline in the championship match.

Wildcats 3, Islanders 2

The Wildcats showed lots of heart and courage in coming from two games down to stun the Islanders in five games, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-12. With several top players playing injured the Wildcats had to reach back for a little extra, and they did.

"They stepped back and they showed a lot of character coming back after being down two and we started out with serious mental letdowns. Marissa's [Hill] injured, bad knee, Jaclyn [Boals] goes down, Maggie [Olson] was kind of little bit, you know, mentally not there and the bench stepped in and did a great job, which allowed us to get back on board. My coaching staff was awesome and, what can you say, I mean, it's a great job and what a fun place to be in," said Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote.

Mercer Island won the first two games. In both games the Islanders blew out to comfortable leads only to see the Wildcats come back and make it close. An ace by the Islanders' junior setter Chelsea Spiro cemented game one for MI, while a kill by the Islanders closed out game two in MI's favor.

Wildcats' senior Kristina Turple was not concerned.

"We knew that we weren't going to give up and we knew we could come back and fight and win because we've done it before and it's in our background to come back and fight and always be there and to be there as a team," said Turple. And they did.

Game three was a back-and-forth affair, as the Wildcats continued to make life miserable for their opponents. There were seven ties and six lead changes in the third game, but Mount Si had the last laugh.

With the game tied at 22-22, Hill's kill put Mount Si in the lead to stay. Mercer Island hit their serve out of bounds on Mount Si's second game point, giving the Wildcats new life.

Game four was similar to game three, with numerous ties and lead changes, all early on, but Mount Si was able to take control of the game. With the score tied at 12-12 and Boals serving for the Wildcats, a Mercer Island player hit the ball out of bounds giving Mount Si the lead for good in game four. The Wildcats were able to maintain control even though the Islanders were nipping at Mount Si's heels the whole time. With the Wildcats' Chandra Rappin on serve up 24-19, Mercer Island made a mental error. It cost them the point and the game.

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