I want to catch you up on a couple of prep volleyball notes of interest.
Mercer Island, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, won a big match on the road Thursday night, 3-2 over No. 3 Mount Si. The Islanders remain unbeaten (13-0 in KingCo 3A/2A, 15-0 overall) and clinched their first league title since 2008.
Set scores were 14-25, 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13.
Sara Lindquist led the way with 14 kills and 6 aces, but there were other key contributions by Carly Wilson (41 assists, 3 aces), Jemma Yeadon (14 kills, 10 digs, 4 aces), Brooke Behrbaum (5 kills, 5 blocks), Kris Brackmann (7 kills, 3 blocks), Lottie MacAulay (7 kills, 3 blocks) and Lorial Yeadon (11 digs).
For Mount Si, Lindsay Carr crushed 28 kills and had 11 digs, while Anna McCreadie added 13 kills. Lauren Smith finished with 41 assists, Gen Knoppi chipped in 17 digs and Liz Larson had 11 digs and 5 aces.
In a 4A match of note, No. 3 Curtis held off No. 9 Puyallup, 3-2, to clinch at least a tie for the SPSL South Division championship. The Vikings are 7-0 in league play and close out the regular season next Tuesday against Emerald Ridge (6-1).
Three Curtis players finished with double-digit kills — Janell Sparks (18), Jessica Woodruff (13, plus 15 digs) and Sophie VanEssen (12). Kaycee Shaffer piled up 50 assists (plus 12 digs), while Taylor Buell dug up 27 balls. Rachel Levenseller had 7 kills and 4 blocks.
Puyallup got 12 kills and 5 aces from Maddie Davis, 8 kills and 3 blocks from Braylie Jeffers, 7 kills from Addi Picha, 26 assists from Makenzie March and 13 digs from Rachel Strobl.
If you missed the results from the final round of Metro League play Wednesday, sixth-ranked Bainbridge earned sole possession of the Mountain Division title with a 3-2 victory over No. 10 Lakeside.
Seattle Prep beat Eastside Catholic, 2-1, to earn second place. Holy Names topped Bishop Blanchet, 3-1, to clinch a playoff spot and eliminate the Braves.
There wound up being a three-way tie for third place between Eastside Catholic, Lakeside and Holy Names, all 4-6.
A playoff is set today (Friday) at 5 p.m. at Holy Names. Eastside Catholic will play Lakeside in a best-of-5 match. If the Crusaders win, they will be seeded third into next week’s Metro League tournament and there will be a coin flip to decide fourth and fifth places between Lakeside and Holy Names.
If the Lions win, they will be third, Eastside Catholic fourth and Holy Names fifth. It’s complicated and has to do with who beat who during the regular season.
I will be posting the tournament bracket on Monday.Two loser-out matches will be played Monday — Mountain Division No. 5 vs. Nathan Hale (Sound Division No. 4) and Mountain Division No. 4 vs. Franklin (South Division No. 5).