It was another one of those weeks in prep volleyball. Some ranked teams tumbled. Some stay in the rankings and some tumbled out, depending on who they lost to.
Or which name I picked out of a hat.
I’m kidding about that last part, but sometimes I feel it’s just as good of a way as any, believe me.
Woodinville lost to Eastside Catholic, which lost to Bishop Blanchet.
It was a great week for the defending 3A champions as the Braves beat both Seattle Prep and Eastside Catholic. Eastside is the one team a coach told me she thought I missed on when I put out the preseason rankings.
Looks like she was right, and I’ve got the Crusaders in this week’s 3A poll at No. 7, right behind Blanchet and a little above No. 9 Seattle Prep. Prep and Eastside play this Thursday.
Blanchet is probably deserving of higher than No. 6, but the top five are all solid and didn’t lose last week, so I’m leaving them alone.
Let’s stick with 3A for a minute.
Auburn Mountainview and University of Spokane both lost to unranked 4A teams last week. Normally, losing to a 4A team won’t be that costly to 3A teams, but it wasn’t a normal week. Capital knocked off Olympia for the first time since 2000 and is deserving of a spot in the top-10, so the Cougars get it.
I also looked hard at Enumclaw and Bonney Lake and either of those teams (or both) just might be in there before long.
IN 4A, Woodinville slips to No. 6 and should get Ali Forde back this week. Olympia clings to No. 10. I toyed with putting Gig Harbor or Central Kitsap there, but I think Olympia has had the tougher schedule.
Then there’s Rogers of Puyallup. The Rams had a good thing going with victories over Auburn Riverside (No. 8 last week) and Auburn Mountainview, then stumbled badly against Emerald Ridge. They get a “bubble” mention, along with E.R.
Riverside drops out this week, but I’m betting not for long.
Big state-wide game to watch this week: Mead (No. 1 in 4A) against Mount Spokane (No. 1 in 3A) on Thursday.
And I’ll be at the Kent Classic Saturday, where several ranked teams are included in the 30-team field. I’ll have more on that tourney later this week.
For now, here you go:
1. Mead (Spokane)
4. Jackson (Mill Creek)
On the bubble — Auburn Riverside, Bellarmine Prep, Bothell, Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Curtis (University Place), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Gig Harbor, Kamiak (Mukilteo), Kentwood, Lewis and Clark (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Rogers (Puyallup), Union (Vancouver).
1. Mount Spokane
3. Kennedy Catholic
4. West Valley (Yakima)
5. Mount Si
6. Bishop Blanchet
7. Eastside Catholic
9. Seattle Prep
10. Capital (Olympia)
On the bubble — Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Columbia River, Enumclaw, Everett, Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lynnwood, Southridge (Kennewick), Timberline, University (Spokane).