'Cats fall to Issaquah

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SNOQUALMIE - In front of a good-sized crowd amid a championship-caliber atmosphere, the Issaquah High School girls' volleyball team scored an impressive three-set victory over the Mount Si Wildcats, 15-8, 15-8, and 15-1, in KingCo Conference action last Thursday at Mount Si High School.

Issaquah, with the win, remained undefeated at 12-0 in conference play, while Mount Si fell to 8-4 in the conference.

Issaquah clearly showed why they were undefeated in conference play this year, making several great plays. Mount Si, however, made a number of great plays of their own, but they were not able to outlast the domination of the Indians.

Jaymee Horstman got things going early with an ace that put Mount Si up 3-1 in the first game. The Indians, however, made the next seven straight points and went up 8-3.

Kristen Everett, Horstman and Stephanie Sales made key plays to try to keep the Wildcats in it. Mount Si made a run late to make it close, but Issaquah put the Wildcats away in the first game after Mount Si was called for a violation at the net.

The second game started out better for the Wildcats. Everett, Lindsey Hyatt, and Alison Neuwenschwander made big plays to eventually get Mount Si to a 5-3 lead. After several sideouts, Issaquah went on a 9-0 run.

Horstman aced again on serve for the Wildcats to stop that Issaquah run cold, but by then it was too late in this game as well. Andrea Wessel, who up to this point was one of Issaquah's key team members, continued her strong performance and put the game away for the Indians with a big play at the net.

The third set was all Indians, all the time. Ashley O'Neal, Laura Fields and Wessel were among those Indians that contributed to a 14-0 Issaquah run that ended the match in three games for the Indians. Neuwenschwander's ace that tied the game early at 1-1 was the only highlight for Mount Si in this game.

The loss probably won't impact Mount Si in the postseason race. At 8-4, the Wildcats stand in second place in the Sky Division, tied with Newport, but they have the tiebreaker advantage over the Knights after having beaten them in a previous game.

The Wildcats played Bellevue in their final home game on Oct. 23. Bellevue is 4-8 and in last place in the Sky Division.

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