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October 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Volleyball shake-up on its way

I figured there would be a shake-up in the volleyball rankings this week after the Spokane Crossover Classic. Sure enough. You can look for a new No. 1 in both 4A and 3A. But who will it be? I’m taking nominations this morning, so feel free to share your thoughts.

In 4A, does Lewis and Clark vault over both Mead and Kentwood after that impressive tournament victory? Remember, Mead beat L-C earlier this season, but it was super-close (five games). They didn’t meet in the Crossover Classic, but L-C beat Coeur d’Alene in the final after Coeur d’Alene beat Mead in the semifinals. Kentwood wasn’t there.

In 3A, No. 1 East Valley of Spokane lost to unranked Camas in two after playing L-C tough (26-24, 25-21). I’ve had my eye on the Papermakers and they had the best showing of any 3A team in Spokane, placing sixth. But Camas lost to No. 5 Prairie in three last week. Prairie lost to Mead in the tournament, then dropped a one-game contest to Central Valley, another 4A team.

Does No. 2 Sumner move up to the top this week? The Spartans weren’t at the Crossover. No. 3 Shadle had a solid showing, losing to 4A Southridge of Kennewick in pool play and then King’s in the final of the “Gold Bracket” play. King’s, ranked No. 1in Class 1A, followed its victory over Archbishop Murphy with an impressive weekend. Their lone loss in Spokane was in pool play to Lakeside (they were in the same pool with East Valley and actually beat the Knights, 2-1, but E-V wound up as the No. 1 team in the pool based on tiebreaker criteria). King’s then rolled through the Gold Bracket, beating Tahoma, Kennewick, Selah and Shadle.

No. 4 Kennedy chose the Mount Vernon tournament over the Crossover Classic, and won it, beating Oak Harbor, Lynden Christian, LaConner, Bishop Blanchet and Roosevelt.

So, who deserves the top spot in 3A?

Check back this afternoon and see who ends up there.

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