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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

November 12, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Bray (53 kills) leads AR into quarterfinals

Tonight’s quarterfinals are set in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament.

It will be Auburn Riverside vs. Kentwood, Lewis and Clark vs. Curtis, Skyview vs. Graham-Kapowsin and Olympia vs. Mead, all at 6:30 p.m.

Last week, AR coach Chris Levernze told me senior Brooke Bray — the only one on the roster with any state experience — was going to have to put this young team on her back and carry them as far as she could. That’s exactly what the Montana-bound senior did yesterday against a very talented Richland squad.

Bray amassed a school-record 53 kills — 53! — in the five-set marathon that included a 36-34 victory in game two. The previous record was 31 kills, which Bray set earlier this season in a loss to Curtis.

“I didn’t want to go into the loser’s bracket on the first day,” Bray said, who had 124 attempts and just 10 errors — a hitting percent of .340.

Riverside also got a school-record 67 assists from Brooklynn Bradbury.

The quarterfinal with Kentwood — a South Puget Sound League North Division rival — should be interesting. The Conquerors, who upset KingCo-champion Issaquah in today’s opening round, had Riverside on the ropes when the two met during the regular season, leading 2-1. But then Leverenz was ejected in a somewhat controversial move and it was just the inspiration the Ravens needed as they came back to post a 3-2 victory.

A lot more is on the line tonight — a spot in the state semifinals and a guaranteed top-six trophy.

We have four loser-out matches going on right now — Richland vs. Issaquah, Edmonds-Woodway vs. Woodinville, Southridge vs. Kamiak and Jackson vs. Tahoma.

The winner of those matches play another elimination round at 8 p.m. But if they win there, they are assured of a trophy (fifth or eighth).

I’ll be back with more a little later.

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