OK, I’m ready for some flak.
But I’m done pulling my hair out trying to revise this week’s state volleyball rankings.
I mean, did you follow what happened last week, and on Saturday?
In case you missed it, Richland — ranked No. 1 in Class 4A — lost to West Valley of Yakima in the first round of bracket play at the SunDome Festival in Yakima. I obviously underestimated the Rams. I had them on my 3A presason “watch” list, but not in the top-10.
Believe me, they’re there now, all the way up to No. 4 after winning that tournament.
So, sorry, Mount Si. You’re moving down one notch to No. 5. I still have faith in the Wildcats — their only loss at the SunDome tourney was to West Valley.
I thought about leaving them there and putting West Valley at No. 3. But I felt Kennedy Catholic needed to jump up there after a solid week that included a 3-0 victory over Jackson, formerly No. 4 in Class 4A (now No. 5). The Lancers also won the Squalicum tournament Saturday (not a high-profile tourney, I know, but they beat who they were supposed to beat).
I struggled with what to do with several of the teams I saw in the tournament at Auburn Mountainview Saturday. Seattle Prep, Prairie and Auburn Riverside were all up and down. Shadle Park, too.
Some coaches take a different approach than others to tournaments, tinkering with lineups and such. And I know one of Prep’s setters was ill Saturday, too.
One coach asked me if the rankings were supposed to be a prediction of where teams will finish at the end of the season, or a reflection of where they are now.
Good question. Preseason rankings are more like predictions. Once play begins, I believe teams need to move up or down based on what they’re doing at the time.
So, Woodinville drops a little because they lost to Graham-Kapowsin — even though they were without one of their key players, Ali Forde, who should be back within the next couple of weeks. Gotta reward G-K, in my book.
And Riverside drops, too, after last week’s lost to Puyallup.
Oh, and Richland falls a bit as well, which means we’re back to good ‘ol Mead at No. 1 in 4A. At least until someone beats them.
Mount Spokane remains at No. 1 in 3A. The Wildcats were at the Bethel tourney and looked good, from the reports I had. No official results were available.
New to the 3A rankings is University. I’d heard good things about the Titans, who moved down from 4A this fall, and all they did last week was beat both Shadle Park and Lewis and Clark. I’m told they had a good showing at Bethel tournament, too.
At any rate, this is what I’m going with for Week 2:
1. Mead (Spokane)
5. Jackson (Mill Creek)
8. Auburn Riverside
10. Skyview (Vancouver)
On the bubble – Bellarmine Prep, Bothell, Curtis (University Place), Kamiak (Mukilteo), Kentwood, Lewis and Clark (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Monroe, Stadium (Tacoma), Union (Vancouver).
1. Mount Spokane
3. Kennedy Catholic
4. West Valley (Yakima)
5. Mount Si
6. Seattle Prep
7. University (Spokane)
8. Auburn Mountainview
9. Prairie (Brush Prairie)
10. Bishop Blanchet
On the bubble – Bonney Lake, Columbia River, Eastside Catholic, Everett, Holy Names, Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Shadle Park (Spokane), Southridge (Kennewick), Timberline (Lacey).