Mount Si volleyball players attack the net during practice on Sept. 5 in their new gym. Emily Dann, Dana Dolan and Megan Underbrink are pictured. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Mount Si volleyball players attack the net during practice on Sept. 5 in their new gym. Emily Dann, Dana Dolan and Megan Underbrink are pictured. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Wildcats unleashed on the volleyball court

Mount Si head coach Foote enters 20th season.

Mount Si’s volleyball team is breaking in its new gym with vigor.

During a recent practice, head coach Bonnie Foote lifted the ball in motion and her Wildcats proceeded to pass, set and hammer it from one side of the net to the other as blockers and defenders got their sturdy hands in on the action as well.

The Wildcats, who made it through to the 4A Wes-King district tournament last season, are ready to make an impact again this fall.

“We’re really excited for this year. We’ve got a lot of girls who are hard working and ready to go,” said Bailey Showalter, a sophomore 6-foot-1 outside hitter. “I think last year I learned a lot just about the importance of being a team.”

Showalter added that the girls are aiming to go far this season by working together and unleashing tons of energy on the court.

As head coach Bonnie Foote glances around the new gym, her eyes widen as she notes that this is her 20th season coaching the talented Wildcats.

“It’s pretty surreal. It’s pretty awesome to open up a new facility. A lot of coaches don’t ever get that opportunity in their lifetime. I feel really lucky to have been somewhere for as long as I have been,” said Foote, who has taught at the school for 25 years.

Foote said she’s had a stellar 20-year run coaching many solid players alongside her great staff. This season, she is joined by assistant and former Wildcat Liz Larson, who went on to play at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.

“Volleyball in KingCo athletics is competitive. It’s just fun to every year see kids come through our program, grow and mature, leave our program and come back,” said Foote, who added that a host of ex-Mount Si players have competed on the college scene.

Earlier during practice, Foote displayed enthusiasm while discussing tactics with her squad, which features returners Showalter, Dana Dolan (senior 5-7 setter), Breana Fitzgerald (senior 5-11 outside hitter/opposite), Megan Underbrink (senior 5-9 middle hitter) and Jade Petrzelka (sophomore 6-foot outside hitter/opposite).

Underbrink said the team brings offensive and defensive strength to the court and the Wildcats hope those qualities — along with team chemistry — can carry them to state.

“It’s just really fun being out there and playing with my team. We all love to be there,” she said. “I’ve always had a lot of fun on varsity. This year, it seems like the team is a lot more intense and more willing to go for any ball. I think we’re gonna be really good this year.”

Junior Lexi Niehaus enters her first season on varsity after playing junior-varsity ball last year. The 5-7 outside hitter/right side looks forward to teaming up with a new set of girls and competing against KingCo squads.

“It’s a super intense environment, super competitive, which makes it easier to play and easier to form as a team. It’s a lot more fun when you’re playing competitively,” she said. “Everyone is going for the same goal all the time and it’s just better to communicate and work as a team.”


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

Solid hitting will be one of Mount Si’s strengths this season. Kira Holmberg and Megan Underbrink are pictured. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Solid hitting will be one of Mount Si’s strengths this season. Kira Holmberg and Megan Underbrink are pictured. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

In this shot from Mount Si’s Sept. 5 practice, the sun shines into the gym and generates an artistic photo. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

In this shot from Mount Si’s Sept. 5 practice, the sun shines into the gym and generates an artistic photo. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Another artistic shot displays strong net play during practice. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Another artistic shot displays strong net play during practice. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Getting air while preparing for a hit. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Getting air while preparing for a hit. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

More in Sports

A site plan for the Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center. Provided by the city of North Bend
Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center could be completed by February

Construction on the project is expected to begin on Sept. 14.

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

The Todd Beamer Titans football team in Federal Way during a 2019 summer practice. File photo
WIAA modifies prep sports calendar; football moved to spring

Washington’s high school athletics governing body announced its revised plans for the… Continue reading

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

‘Those guys will stick with me my whole life’

Mount Si players display a baseball brotherhood.

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

With Duvall on board, Cats are set to break in new field

Fastpitch squad led by seniors Wilbourne and Bostick.

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Cats are kings of the court

Mount Si grabs 4A state boys basketball title.