I wanted to update you on a couple of great volleyball matches played this past week, and get you the latest information on the Kent Classic tournament Saturday at Kentlake and Kentwood.
In fact, let’s start with the Kent Classic. There have been some last-minute changes in the field, due to some apparent miscommunication with a few teams. Sunset and Valley Cathloic are not coming up from Oregon, which is disappointing. Lynden also isn’t coming, as originally thought. Kentlake is no longer including a juinior varsity entry.
But that has opened the door for Garfield, Auburn and Moses Lake, which means a 29-team tournament instead of the original 30.
“It’s still a pretty good field of teams,” Kentwood coach Bil Caillier said.
Indeed, several ranked teams are competing, including Jackson (No. 4 in Class 4A) and Camas (No. 2 in Class 3A). You can find the pools here.
The pool with only two teams has Eastside Catholic (No. 7 in 3A) in it, along with Roosevelt. They will play four games to 25.
Speaking of Eastside, the Crusaders got a gargantuan match from Cami Silverman Thursday night to beat No. 9 Seattle Prep in a Metro League showdown that went five sets. With teammate Kameron McLain ill, Silverman slammed a career-high 35 kills.
“Cami just took it upon herself and won the match for us,” coach Andrew Ness said. “She’s such a special kid.”
Silverman also had 23 kills in a three-set victory over Holy Names earlier in the week. She was on a recruiting visit the week before when Eastside Catholic lost a 3-2 match to No. 6 Bishop Blanchet.
Woodinville (No. 6 in 4A) welcomed Ali Forde back from her knee injury Thursday in a nonleague match against Emerald Ridge. Forde contributed 16 kills, 15 digs and four aces in the 3-1 victory.
The biggest upset of the week came from Rogers of Puyallup, which knocked off No. 3 Graham-Kapowsin on Wednesday, 3-1. G-K was without its top player, Kaitlyn Molloy, who is apparently sidelined with an ankle sprain.
I’ll be at the Kent Classic Saturday, so look for a story Sunday and some additional thoughts when I update the rankings on Monday.