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.