Just when they both moved up in The Seattle Times’ 4A state volleyball rankings, No. 2 Jackson and No. 4 Puyallup both went down Tuesday night.
Jackson lost to Edmonds-Woodway, while Puyallup fell to No. 8 Graham-Kapowsin, both by 3-0 counts.
Jackson, coming off a dominating performance in the Kent Classic, was without five players — including three starters — who were suspended for one match by coach Ashley Allen for violating a team rule.
“Hopefully they learned from it,” Allen said.
All are expecte back for Thursday’s match with Mariner.
Puyallup coach Tony Batinovich said G-K is simply more athletic than his young team and was more driven. The Eagles were coming off a 3-1 league loss to Rogers, when they were without two key players — both of whom were back Tuesday.
“I think it was the case where they had to win and we just wanted to win,” Batinovich said in an e-mail to me. “GK may have lost Kayla Reno (now at Montana) but they still have a lot of seniors who know how to play.”
Graham-Kapowsin has been ranked as high as No. 3 this season and likely will climb again at this rate.
“Our young team played at times just like that, young. But the bottom line is they were better than us last night.”