Islanders defeat Wolverines in loser-out volleyball match

With a berth in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament on the line, the Mercer Island Islanders came through in the clutch against their biggest rival.

The Islanders registered a 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17) victory against the Bellevue Wolverines in a winner-to-state, loser-out volleyball match in the Class 3A Sea-King tournament on Nov. 4 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. The Islanders, who clinched the No. 5 seed out of their district at the state tournament on Nov. 10-11, defeated the Wolverines four times during the 2017 season. Bellevue head coach Vance Kalingo was gracious in defeat. The Wolverines compiled an overall record of 16-7 during the 2017 season.

“Mercer Island had our number all year. The better team won today but we gave it our best shot,” Kalingo said. “The girls fought hard. It was a really stacked KingCo and Sea-King district. It is just tough. You got to bring your “A” game every single point.”

Kalingo said this year’s team had a wealth of experience. The Wolverines had eight seniors and four juniors on the varsity roster.

“In the end, they put the best product out on the court,” Kalingo said of his squad. “I’m really proud of the girls.”

Mercer Island head coach Susan Rindlaub admitted she was concerned before the match against Bellevue began.

“To be honest I wasn’t looking forward to playing them again because Bellevue is a really good team and its hard to beat the same team four times in one season,” Mercer Island head coach Susan Rindlaub said. “This is the best we’ve played all year. We had to raise our game and we did. I’m so proud of them. They are so confident, have so much energy and play the game together. It was really cool.”

Mercer Island senior outside hitter Kelly Behrbaum was glad her team was able to register a victory against a formidable Bellevue squad.

“We’ve worked so hard for this and to be able to win against such a good team as them is amazing. There was a lot of pressure but we all trust each other a ton. We were really just genuinely excited to play (this match),” Behrbaum said.

More in Sports

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Christian ace pitcher Eric Kats, left, and infielder Daniel Teramato, right, are looking to lead their team to the Class 1A state baseball tournament this May.
Vikings are dominating on the diamond in 2018

Bellevue Christian is having a breakthrough season on the diamond.

Photo Courtesy of Maddi Davidson
Bellevue’s Boettcher kicks grass and takes names

Two sisters tell the story of a Bellevue woman who helped pioneer women’s soccer in the region.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
                                Mercer Island player Alex Platou, left, and Interlake defender Charlie Myhran, right, battle for possession of the ball in the first half of play on April 11 at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 2-1 in the contest.
Islanders defeat Saints in rivalry showdown on the soccer field

Interlake nearly ties the game in the closing seconds.

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Wolverines junior badminton player Melinda Guo is one of the team captains in 2018. Guo captured second place at the 2017 KingCo singles badminton tournament.
Guo hopes to lead Wolverines to back-to-back KingCo tournament titles

Bellevue junior earned second place in KingCo singles tournament in 2017.

Jemal, Campana dive onto USA Junior National ultimate teams

Three Cedars Waldorf coach is blessed to have guided the duo along their journey.

Playing multiple sports creates better, healthier kids, says physical therapist

Special to the Reporter In an era of specialization in sports involving… Continue reading

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Bulldogs freshman infielder Megan Marino is dominating at the plate thus far during the 2018 season. Marino is batting .540 and has 21 RBI in 12 games played during the season. The Bulldogs currently have an overall record of 16-1.
Marino is making a sizable impact in first season with Bulldogs

Bellevue Bulldogs softball team is dominating its opponents in early season action.

Goucher to host baseball camp in April

Former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout Steve Goucher will conduct… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                The Bellevue Wolverines girls lacrosse team lost 16-3 to the Mercer Island Islanders on March 21. Bellevue players Kimberly Nickerson, Abby Parrish and Lily Weingaertner each recorded a goal apiece in the loss. The Wolverines dropped to 2-1 overall with the loss while Mercer Island improved their overall record to 4-0.
Islanders defeat Wolverines in rivalry lacrosse showdown

Wolverines suffer first loss of 2018 season.

Interlake Saints senior pitcher Nick Bentsen will anchor his team’s pitching staff during the 2018 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Senior leadership exuded by the Saints baseball squad

Interlake softball team focused on taking the next step