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November 22, 2008 at 11:27 PM

Final state volleyball thoughts

If you weren’t here in Kennewick for the 4A-3A-2A volleyball tournaments this weekend, you missed some memorable matches.

One of them was the fourth-place battle between Kentwood and Mead of Spokane. It was the last contest of the 4A tournament and neither team wanted to leave with a loss. Kentwood — which lost quarterfinal matches to Mead in 2005 and ’06 — dropped the first game, but won the next two. Mead, featuring 6-foot-5 junior Alexis Olgard (USC commit) forced game five and had leads of 6-2 and 8-4. It was 10-all before Kentwood took control, ultimately winning 15-11.

The match for third and sixth places on an adjacent court finished first, with Skyview beating Olympia — but Olympia players and coaches cheered Kentwood on in that final game, despite their disappointment. Both are West Central District teams.

What an outstanding run it’s been for the Kentwood seniors, who finish on a high note. And you’ve got to give Mead some credit for earning a 10th straight trophy, despite losing all but one starter from last year’s championship team. Remember, the Panthers had won five consecutive state titles — more than anyone else in state history — before losing to Olympia in the quarterfinals. And they’re young. Don’t be suprrised if Mead is the preseason favorite again in 2009.

Clearly, though, Lewis and Clark was the best team in the state this season.

Kudos to Tumwater, too, for winning the 2A championship over Selah — three-time defending champs.

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