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November 3, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Final chance to lobby for volleyball teams

The final 4A and 3A state volleyball rankings come out this afternoon as we head into the final three weeks of the season.

It’s your last chance to lobby for teams you think are under-rated. Or if you believe a team is over-rated, let’s hear about that, too.

I followed the SPSL 3A/Seamount subdistrict tournament with interest. How about you? It doesn’t get any better than No. 1 vs. No. 2, and that’s what we had when Sumner took on Kennedy in the final mach (remember, this wasn’t a true tournament in that only the top two SPSL and top two Seamount teams played for seeding at Kennedy, while eight other teams (four from each league) battled for the remaining five district berths at Auburn Mountainview.

Sumner won in four games. Kennedy won the first one and actually led 23-20 in the second before serving out of bounds. Sumner took advantage, and the momentum, to win that game and then breezed in the final two.

Kennedy had to go five games to beat No. 8 Bonney Lake, which continues to play at a high level. The Panthers pushed Sumner to five in that emotional senior night at Sumner last Monday. Bonney Lake then beat Mount Rainier to earn the No. 3 seed into the district tournament.

Auburn Mountainview, once No. 1 in the state polls, appears to be back on track after losing MH Lexi Morton to a season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago. The Lions won all three of their sub-district matches and head into the district tourney as the No. 5 seed (best they could get after finising third in the SPSL.

The biggest surprise in the tournament was Highline, ranked in the state coaches’ poll, lost three out of four matches Saturday and failed to advance. The Pirates lost to Evergreen, 3-1, in the match for the ninth and final berth. Highline had beaten Evergreen twice during the regular season — including a 3-0 match just last week.

The playoffs really are a whole new season in some regards.

In the SPSL 4A tournament, it was North 3, South 2. Second-ranked Kentwood, the North champion, beat Rogers 3-1. Rogers was without Ashleigh Pollard, one of the top players in the area, who apparently sat out with an ankle injury. Word is that she should be ready to go this weekend, though. Rogers is a different team with her, for sure.

Kentlake beat Puyallup, giving the Falcons some added confident heading into district, and Kent-Meridian is red hot after a 3-0 win over Bethel. The South got its wins from Curtis, which beat Auburn Riverside (3-1) and Graham-Kapowsin, which topped Kentridge (3-0).

All advance to district. In the Narrows League tournament, No. 5 Olympia bettered Bellarmine Prep in the championship match. The Bears have to be considered major contenders at both district and state, don’t you think?

So, what changes would you like to see in final rankings? Check back this afternoon to see who winds up where.

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