Mercer Island’s Spenser Elwell, right, keeps the ball alive during an early season match. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus

Mercer Island’s Spenser Elwell, right, keeps the ball alive during an early season match. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus

Islander volleyball still vying for state spot

Mercer Island’s volleyball squad went 1-1 in the opening rounds of the 3A District 2 tournament on Wednesday and advances to the next round on Saturday.

MI first beat Roosevelt, 3-1, in a loser-out contest and then lost to Seattle Prep, 3-0, at Lake Washington High. Against Roosevelt, MI won, 25-13, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22; Seattle Prep beat MI, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18.

Next up for the locals (11-9 overall, 8-7 in league) is a loser-out battle with Eastside Catholic at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Chief Sealth High. The winner notches a state spot and will then play the victor of the Interlake-LW match at 3:30 p.m.

Lily Remington (outside hitter/senior/co-captain), Logan Remington (middle blocker/sophomore) and Spenser Elwell (libero/senior) notched 3A KingCo all-league second-team honors, according to head coach Carmen Vasilatos.

Team stat leaders are: Campbell Burr (defensive specialist/senior/co-captain), serving aces; Melena Wong (setter/sophomore), assists; Logan Remington, blocks; Elwell, serve receive passing and defensive digs; Lily Remington and Leila Obeidat (outside hitter/junior), kills.

Conference coaches voted to name the Islanders the sportsmanship award winners, and the squad received the outstanding scholastic team award for cumulatively receiving above a 3.5 GPA (the girls had a 3.88 cumulative GPA).

The state tournament will tip off on Nov. 18-19 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.




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