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September 16, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Curtis, Kentridge post noteworthy volleyball wins

Several volleyball scores from last night caught my eye, but here are a couple that stood out in particular: Curtis 3, Auburn Riverside 2 and Kentridge 3, Kentwood 2.

Curtis is ranked No. 2 in our state poll and Riverside No. 9. The match went back and forth, with Riverside forcing a Game 5 in decisive fashion, 25-13. But the Vikings won 15-13 in the fifth. Emily Cotter led the way with 22 kills. AR got 21 kills, 10 blocks and 20 digs from Brooke Bray.

When I first saw the Kentridge-Kentwood score, I immediately thought of Kentwood’s long winning streak in SPSL North Division play. BUT, I later discovered this one was not a match that counts in the league standings, so the Conquerors’ 51-match skein is safe, for now.

It still was a great win for Kentridge, which had lost nine straight matches to Kentwood (league or otherwise) dating back to 2002. During that stretch, the Conquerors dominated, winning 27 of 29 games.

Last night, Kentridge led 3-1 before Kentwood rallied to force the fifth set. The Chargers trailed 5-1 in Game 5, but when they got the ball at 7-7, Manisha Walia served out the match. Walia was a perfect 32-for-32 serving, while Allison Chin collected a team-high 15 kills.

Many thanks to Bob Poyneer, long-time Kentridge stat and history wizard, for the details.

FYI: SPSL league play officially begins next Wednesday. Kentridge and Kentwood meet for their “counting” match on Oct. 7. Kentwood and Auburn Riverside sqaure off on Oct. 15. As for Curtis and No. 7 Graham-Kapowsin, they have an official SPSL South Division date on Oct. 20.

One note on Lewis and Clark of Spokane, the defending 4A state champion: The score I saw on a website where they had lost 3-2 to University last week was incorrect. They actually won that match 3-2, but did lose to top-ranked Mead, as reported.

Had I known the correct score with U-Hi, I likely would not have dropped L-C out of the rankings this week (they were No. 5 the week before). So, don’t be surprised to see the Tigers back in there if they keep winning.

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