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October 20, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Volleyball races heating up

The regular season is winding down and several league races are heating up.

Tournament play is just around the corner, and I can’t wait. That’s when we’ll really see who deserves to be ranked where.

But there is one noteworthy invitational left — the Bearcat tournament in Monroe this Saturday. Three teams currently ranked in 4A — No. 2 Kentwood, No. 4 Kamiak and No. 7 Monroe — will be there. I’m especially anxious to see how Kentwood stacks up.

Kamiak, by the way, will be dropping in this week’s rankings, thanks to last week’s 3-1 loss to No. 9 Edmonds-Woodway — which means E-W will be moving up.

How far? Check back this afternoon to find out, when the updated rankings are posted.

Other noteworthy matches last week:

— 4A No. 5 Kamiakin soundly defeated No. 8 Southridge in the all-Kennewick showdown, 25-15, 25-13, 25-12.

— 3A No. 9 Bishop Blanchet beat No. 8 Eastside Catholic, 3-1.

— Mount Spokane beat 3A No. 4 East Valley of Spokane, 3-2. That was a wild one with game 5 going 18-16.

— 4A No. 3 Mead beat 3A No. 5 Shadle Park, 3-1.

It was a tough week for Bethel, which basically was rated No. 11 (first one on the list to jump in the top-10 if many faltered). The Braves lost 3-0 to Puyallup, which is another team in top-10 consideration, then fell 3-2 to Graham-Kapowsin. Rogers won a five-gamer with Curtis and has a key match with Puyallup to close out SPSL 4A South play on Oct. 27.

One match I’ll have my eye on this week is Bonney Lake against 3A No. 7 Auburn Mountainview on Wednesday. Mountainview seems to be back on track lately and has just one league loss, to top-ranked Sumner. Bonney Lake is unbeaten in the SPSL 3A, but has yet to play Sumner (that one is on Oct. 27, too).

If you want any say in this week’s rankings, speak up now.

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