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September 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM

State volleyball rankings: Week 3

So, who’s the best volleyball team in the Metro League, and in Class 3A state-wide, for that matter?

We should find out a lot this week with a couple of blockbuster matches, both involving second-ranked Bishop Blanchet. The Braves play No. 3 Seattle Prep tonight, then face No. 1 Eastside Catholic on Wednesday.

And all three are playing in the Kent Classic this Saturday at Kentlake and Kentwood. I’ll have more on that tourney later this week.

So, let’s start with 3A, where Auburn Mountainview (No. 9) and Mount Si (No. 10) jump into the mix. Mountainview knocked off two previously ranked teams last week, Capital and Lakes. Mount Si beat Issaquah, which had been ranked in 4A the first two weeks.

Mount Spokane stays at No. 5 after pushing Mead — No. 1 in 4A — to five games last week. They take on Lewis and Clark, the defending 4A champion, tomorrow night.

Speaking of L-C, the Tigers are back in the 4A rankings at No. 7 this week. I wouldn’t have dropped them out last week if I hadn’t been misinformed about a match against University (reported as a loss, when it was a win). Their lone loss has been to Mead.

The Big Nine is certainly making things tough on me. I had Southridge ready to pop into the top-10 after beating Eisenhower. As of Friday, they were the lost of the unbeatens in the conference as Richland (former No. 3) fell to Kamiakin in five. But then Richland bounced back to beat Southridge on Saturday.

So Kamiakin returns to the rankings at No. 9 and Richland hangs in there ate No. 10. Southridge and Ike are on the watch list.

Monroe, now at No. 4, has a big week with Edmonds-Woodway tomorrow and Kamiak on Thursday. And the Bearcats are in that Kent Classic, too, so we should know a lot more by this time next week.

And if you’re interested in a South-end game tonight, check out No. 2 Curtis and No. 6 Graham-Kapowsin. There’s been a lot of speculation about which is the better South Puget Sound League South Division team, and we’ll get an idea from this one. It’s actually not counting as a league game, though. They’ll meet again later in the season.

So, check out the rankings below and share your thoughts.

Class 4A

1. Mead (Spokane)

2. Curtis (University Place)

3. Olympia

4. Monroe

5. Skyview (Vancouver)

6. Graham-Kapowsin

7. Lewis and Clark (Spokane)

8. Auburn Riverside

9. Kamiakin (Kennewick)

10. Richland

Others (alphabetically) — Bothell, Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Central Valley (Spokane Valley), Edmonds-Woodway, Eisenhower (Yakima), Issaquah, Jackson (Millcreek), Kamiak, Kentridge, Kentwood, Lake Stevens, Newport, Puyallup, Roosevelt, Southridge (Richland), Stadium (Tacoma), University (Spokane), Woodinville.

Class 3A

1. Eastside Catholic

2. Bishop Blanchet

3. Seattle Prep

4. Camas

5. Mount Spokane

6. Kennedy Catholic (Burien)

7. Prairie (Brush Prairie)

8. Shorecrest (Shoreline)

9. Auburn Mountainview

10. Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

Others (alphabetically) — Capital (Olympia), East Valley (Spokane), Enumclaw, Everett, Holy Names, Lakes (Lakewood), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), North Central (Spokane), Shadle Park (Spokane), Timberline, West Valley (Yakima).

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