MI Islanders Defeat Bellevue Wolverines 3-1
(25-20, 25-17, 17-25, 19-25)
The Bellevue High School Wolverines shipped off to the Mercer Island Islanders with a undeafeted 5-0 record on Monday night and returned to homeport with their first loss.
A deep Mercer Island squad led by senior setter Natalie Robinson capitalized early on the Wovlerines slow start taking the first set 25-20. In that first set, Bellevue dug themselves a hole and could never close the gap. In the second set the Wolverines came out fighting and kept it close until about midway and then the Islanders behind their tenacious defense pulled away to end it 25-17. The 3rd set brought out a feisty Wolverine team that wasn't going to give up and rollover. A combination of smart serving, big blocking and hitting, and just all out hustle plays gave Bellevue their first set of the night at 25-17. The fourth set again brought out a feisty Wolverine team that battled with their opponent with tight scoring back and forth until midway through the set when Mercer Island, again with tenancious defense, eventually pulled away to win 25-19.
Varsity Stats Leaders, Mercer Island Match
Aces: Keenan 3, Huard 2
Kills: Weber 14, Huard 7, Witham 6,
Digs: Weber 22, Knapp 18, Burns 13, Khuu 14
Assists: Khuu 32
Bellevue Wolverine JV &C Team Win Again
The Wolverine JV squad came out swinging and never let up and beat the Islanders 2-0!
Game one was aggressive on offense and defense with great energy on the floor and from the bench.
Bellevue took the lead early and maintained it throughout the first game spurred on by a 6 point run with Meghan Weber serving and Julia Bray getting 2 kills and a stuff block. Mercer Island was able to briefly stop the bleeding with a side out and a point but then Bray answered back again with a kill. Natalie Hayes finished serving the final 5 points of the set with the last 3 points being aces!
Game 2 was a different story with tight scoring within one or two points until the very end. Both teams struggled with service errors, a toteal of 8 errors between the teams by the time the score reached 10-9. Mercer island went on a mini run to take the lead at 23-21 but the Wolverines clawed back and #11 Bridget Conroy hit a clutch ace to win set 2 with a score of of 26-24.
The C Team came to play Monday night! Good energy and effort resulted in a win with scores of 25-21, 25-15, 11-9.
Varsity Team Action vs. Mercer Island
JV Action vs. Mercer Island
C Action vs. Mercer Island