I saw what had to be one of the finest high-school vollleyball matches of the season when Auburn Mountainview knocked off second-ranked Kennedy in the quarterfinals of the West Central/Southwest 3A bi-district tournament Saturday in Silverdale.
One thing is certain — Mountainview is back in the picture when you’re talking about teams that could win the 3A state title. And that snapshot still includes Kennedy, for sure.
Mountainview’s Megan McBride is such a clutch player. For the third year in a row, she hit the game-winner that clinched a state berth for the Lions. And Kennedy’s Ashley Eneliko is unstopable at times. That girl can jump — even at the end of an exhausing, five-game match like this one.
The unfortunate thing was that the match came so early in the tournament, rather than in the semifinals or even championship (although top-ranked Sumner figures to have a big say in that). At least Kennedy still has the ability to come back through the consolation bracket to earn a state berth and I’ll be surprised if the Lancers don’t do just that.
There were pleny of surprises in that tournament, including the quick exit of third-ranked Prairie. The Falcons just never got their game together. Instead, rival Union of Vancouver stormed into the semifinals along with an Enumclaw team that is playing its best volleyball at the right time.
There were some surprised in the West Central 4A tournament as well. Curtis is red-hot and sent fifth-ranked Olympia into the loser’s bracket. Second-ranked Kentwood clinched a state berth despite not playing up to its normal standard. Rogers and Puyallup made it an all-SPSL sweep into the semifinals.
So, when the final state rankings come out later this afternoon, there will be some changes — especially in 3A, where No. 4 Shadle Park also took a hit, losing to Mount Spokane in district play. Check back to see where everyone sits heading into the final two weekends of the season.