Finally, all of the trophies have been handed out in the 3A state volleyball tournament.
Most state events are set up so the culminate in the championshio matches, but not so in volleyball this year, in part so those matches aren’t starting super late.
Bishop Blanchet wound up beating Lakes of Tacoma 3-1 in the match for third and sixth places. Hats off to both teams, which were not expected to get this far at the beginning of the season. Blanchet returned no fulltime starters from last year’s third-place team. Lakes last qualified for state in 1977 and had just one senior on the roster.
So both teams left happy tonight.
Mercer Island was also all smiles after beating Mount Spokane 3-1 to finish fourth. It’s the school’s best 3A finish and capped a memorable season. Mount Spokane got the seventh-place trophy — a first for the Wildcats.
The 2A semifinals tomorrow will pit Selah against Black Hills and Lynden against the winner of tonight’s late match between Grandview and Tumwater. That one didn’t get started until almost 10:30 p.m. You can check for the final here.
The WiAA is doing a great job of keeping scores updated for 4A and 2A, so that’s a good source of information in between blogs.
I’ll be back tomorrow with 4A highlights. I’m disappointed not to have a local team in the semifinals. Kentwood really battled Lewis and Clark, and it looked like Monroe was going to push Kamiakin to a fifth game, but the Braves came up with a couple of amazing “ups” to seal the victory.
Mead has had an incredible run at state (and the Panthers aren’t done yet), but sometimes it’s nice to see a fresh face in the semifinals and Olympia is playing awfully well. Skyview has a good shot tomorrow, too.
Who do you expect to be in that 4A final?