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September 22, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Volleyball Monday — a little help, please?

It’s Volleyball Monday, and you can expect a few changes when I post this week’s ratings later today.

Care to offer some advice? I could use a little, or a lot.

My biggest dilemma is whether to make a change at the top in Class 3A. Shorecrest, which moved up there last week, lost 3-2 to Snohomish last week. Generally, I try not to penalize a 3A team for losing to a 4A team, but when that 4A team isn’t ranked, it makes me think a bit more. To me, the best team in 3A should be able to beat pretty good 4A squads.

Second-ranked East Valley of Spokane, meanwhile, followed up its impressive showing in the Auburn Mountainview tournament by beating No. 5 Shadle Park in regular-season match. I’m leaning toward pushing the Knights up, even though last week I made arguments for not ranking them No. 1.

Speaking of tournaments, did any of you hit the Kent Classic this past Saturday? I couldn’t make it, but have been mulling over the results since yesterday. Do I penalize Kentwood for losing in the semifinals to Central Catholic, which apparenlty is one of the top teams in Oregon? I don’t think so, at least not much. Mead of Spokane will stay at No. 1 in 4A, and Kentwood likely remains at No. 2, although you could make a case for Lewis and Clark of Spokane, which went five games with Mead week before last.

If you missed it, Central Catholic beat Bishop Blanchet in Saturday’s championship match — a great showing by Blanchet, which will vault back into the 3A top-10. Olympia also got my attention by beating Monroe and Issaquah. That gets the Bears in the 4A rankings (I almost had them there to start the season, but got talked out of it). They did, however, lose 2-1 to Blanchet.

See why this ranking stuff ain’t easy?

Take Monroe. The fourth-ranked Bearcats beat No. 5 Skyview of Vancouver twice, but lost to Olympia. Skyview also lost to surprising Kentlake, which is knocking on the door, rankings-wise.

No. 10 Issaquah beat No. 8 Curtis, but lost to both Olympia and Bothell. Bothell just might take Issaquah’s place this week (stay tuned…). The Cougars lost only to Kentwood and Skyview on Saturday. Not sure what to do with Curtis, which did post a 2-0 win over Rogers of Puyallup in the tourney. Rogers’ only other loss there, I believe, was to Central Catholic.

And what to do with Eastside Catholic? The Crusaders lost to Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma Saturday and split games with Kentridge. But then there was that win over No. 10 Mercer Island. MI beat Mount Si, 3-2, in KingCo 3A/2A play last week, but then lost to Skyline as well as Eastside Catholic at the tourney, according to the results I saw.

I was told Eastside Catholic was short-handed in the tournament, missing a few key players, so it’s hard to penalize the team too much. Wednesday’s showdown with Blanchet should be interesting.

Edmonds-Woodway, No. 6 in 4A, wasn’t at the Kent Classic, but stumbled in a WesCo match against Marysville-Pilchuck last week. MP has lost to Kamiak, which likely will move up from its No. 7 spot.

I’ll take any and all advice in the next couple of hours. Check back later this afternoon for those revised rankings.

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