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September 9, 2009 at 3:07 PM

A couple of early volleyball ‘upsets’

OK, so it’s hard to call anything an upset at this stage of the season, especially if you are taking state rankings into account. Because rankings are very subjective often based on what coaches are saying.

But, Kentwood’s 3-0 victory over No. 3 Issaquah last night might qualify. I think I underestimated the Conquerors. Coach Bil Caillier was a bit guarded in his early assessment after losing so many key players to graduation. Issaquah coach Todd Parsons had this to say today: “Bil sandbagged you. His team is really good.”

Parsons believes his Issaquah team is good, too. They just didn’t play that way last night. Parsons called his team’s passing “shockingly bad,” but expects the Eagles to improve quickly.

“We’ll be back,” he said. “It’s the beginning of the year. Hopefully it will be a good wake-up call, because I have some really, really good volleyball players.”

Issaquah is still trying to adjust to being without setter Riley Sorenson, who will be sidelined for at least a few more weeks with a back injury.

It gets no easier tomorrow night as Issaquah plays second-ranked Curtis of University Place.

The other “upset” last night: Capital of Olympia over No. 4 Lakes, 3-1. I’d heard Capital was going to be good and they’re on the “watch” list (probably will jump in those 3A rankings next week). I know Lakes has some early injuries and should still be strong when all is said and done.

As for some non-upsets of note: Eastside Catholic, ranked No. 1 in 3A, opened with a 3-0 win against a Jackson team expected to do well in 4A this season. And No. 3 Seattle Prep blanked Bellarmine Prep — another good 4A squad.

Some other great matches on tonight’s schedule include No. 7 Auburn Riverside at Graham-Kapowsin (remember, G-K is No. 3 in the Coaches’ Association poll, with AR at No. 2). And Bishop Blanchet, No. 2 in The Times’ 3A poll, takes on No. 8 Meadowdale.

I can’t be at either match, so go check them out and give me some feedback, OK?

I’ll try to have some comments on those matches tomorrow.

This is what I love about high-school sports. There are really no sure bets.

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