OK, Bainbridge, you’ve got my full attention now.
I’d been hearing how the Spartan volleyball team could be a 3A state contender. They had a solid showing at the Kent Classic last Saturday. Bainbridge finished second in a tough opening pool, splitting sets with two good 4A teams, Kentwood and Lake Stevens. They didn’t make the top-15 to qualify for the upper division, but went on to place 16th with wins over Mount Si and Eastside Catholic.
Still, I didn’t put them in my rankings this week. I thought, let’s see what happens Monday night when they play Holy Names, the new No. 1 team in 3A.
Well, here’s what happened — the Spartans won in five. Down 2-1 (and losing 25-11 in that third set), they turned the tide decisively. They took the fourth set, 25-19, and rolled 15-6 in the fifth.
Lauren Sheehan led the way with 15 kills and 11 digs, while Maggie Haskin had 44 assists and 12 digs. Emma Burgess added 20 digs and Erin Kinney chipped in 4 blocks and 17 digs. No Holy Names highlights were reported.
So, props to Bainbridge, which plays No. 7 Eastside Catholic on Wednesday. And on to highlights from other Monday matches reported to The Times:
Mercer Island 3, Mount Si 2
This is the other match that really caught my eye. I had Mount Si ranked No. 1 in 3A for the past two weeks, then dropped them to No. 4 this week after a so-so showing at the Kent Classic — even though they didn’t have setter Lauren Smith (softball recruiting trip). I moved MI up to No. 2.
Looks like the Islanders might be No. 1 next week. This was a back-and-fourth battle, with host MI winning 15-12 in the fifth. Mount Si had the big gun in Lindsay Carr (26 kills), but MI showed balance as four players finished with 9 kills or more — Sara Lindquist (15, plus 3 aces), Jemma Yadon (11, plus 4 aces), Lottie MacAulay 10 (plus 4 blocks) and Kris Brackman 9 (plus 9 blocks). Brooke Behrbaum added 9 blocks and Carly Wilson directed the offense with 43 assists, adding 3 aces as well. Lorial Yeadon keyed the defense with 21 digs. For Mount Si, Smith finished with 33 assists, 12 digs and 3 kills, while Gen Knoppi piled up 27 digs.
The two teams go at it again later this season at Mount Si.
Eastside Catholic 3, Bishop Blanchet 1
Kat Towslee paired 12 kills with 13 digs, Sarah Hill added 10 kills and Hannah Christie put together 32 assists, 19 digs and 3 blocks for the Crusaders, who also got 26 digs from Anna Schutt. For Blanchet, Rachel Hunter had 10 kills and Allyson Ahern supplied 25 assists, 3 aces and 3 kills.
Newport 3, Eastlake 0
The Knights, ranked No. 5 in 4A rolled behind the 11 kills and 7 aces from Casey Schoenlein.
Roosevelt 3, Issaquah 0
Kristen Lane set the pace with 11 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces. Sierra Schomburg handed out 28 assists. Issaquah’s Leanne Scott also had 11 kills.
Woodinville 3, Redmond 0
Hailey Chaplan crushed 13 kills, Brooke Wiley had 26 assists and Frances Coughlin contributed 28 digs and 3 aces for the Falcons. For Redmond, Audrey Hyem put together 13 kills and 11 digs and Dagny Safon added 22 digs.
Skyline 3, Ballard 0
The Spartans were led by Crystal Anderson (9 kills) and Halle Erdhal (8 kills, 7 aces). Kiana Wyld had a team-high 6 kills for Ballard.
Garfield 3, Bothell 1
Garfield got strong efforts from Emily Kwatinetz (12 kills), Aiden Maloney-Bertelli (11 kills), Olivia deVesci (33 assists, 10 digs), Sophia Black (8 kills, 21 digs) and Bekah Louie (26 digs, 3 aces). For Bothell, Lexi Bedell and Katie Arneson finished with 9 kills apiece, while Molly Ridgen had 22 assists and 10 digs.
West Seattle 3, Chief Sealth 0
Eastyn Baleto (15 kills, 14 digs, 3 aces) and Ellen Cleveland (16 kills) were the big guns for the Seahawks, who also got 30 assists from Maddie Collins. Sealth spread things around and was led by Katherine Kirk (8 kills, 3 blocks) and Madeline Twombley (8 kills, 10 assists).
Nathan Hale 3, Franklin 0
No details reported.
Interlake 3, Sammamish 0
Margo Parker had 5 kills and 3 blocks in the victory.
Enumclaw 3, Peninsula 0
We originally had this posted backward on the webiste, but the win went to the Hornets behind the efforts of Missy Sanders and Julia Myers, who had 8 kills apiece.
Auburn Mountainview 3, Lakes 0
Alexia Elliot-Free (7 kills) and Sam Odren (20 assists) led the way.
Bonney Lake 3, Decatur 0
The Panthers were paced by Lisa Demrick (7 kills, 8 aces), Taylor Moss (6 kills, 4 aces) and Ashtyn Bagby (21 assists).
Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 3, Eatonville 1
Mikayla Massad had 21 kills and 4 aces for Cedar Park, ranked No. 9 in the 1A Coaches Poll. Abby Snyder chipped in 32 assists, 13 aces and 12 digs.
Bellevue Christian 3, Charles Wright 1
The notable efforts for Bellevue Christian came from Emily Stoppler (7 kills, 12 digs, 5 aces), Lauren Miller (7 kills) and Katie Hoffman (26 assists, 12 digs, 11 aces). Shelby Fisher smacked 15 kills for Charles Wright and Vanessa Davis added 6 blocks.
Cascade Christian 3, Seattle Christian 0
Jessi Walters led the way with 12 kills.
Seattle Academy 3, Overlake 2
Ellie Engel (10 kills) and Maria Pagano (13 assists, 5 aces) keyed the victory. For Overlake the standouts were Clara Voss (15 kills, 4 aces), Andrea Gavrilescu (12 kills, 3 aces), Vanessa Rosato (20 assists) and Carly Silvernale (20 digs).
Annie Wright 3, Forest Ridge 0
Annie Wright’s big three were Lani Kalalau (10 kills, 11 digs), Tori Smith (8 kills, 10 digs) and Margaux Arnston (8 kills).
Life Christian 3, Vashon Island 0
Johnnise Moore sparked the win with 11 kills, 5 blocks and 5 aces.
Mount Rainier Lutheran 3, Northwest Yeshiva 1
The only highlight listed is for Northwest Yeshiva’s Elyse Behar, with 5 kills and 5 aces.
Northwest School 3, Eastside Prep 1
No details reported.