You won’t find many changes in this week’s state volleyball rankings — only one team moves in and one out — but there could be a big shakeup next week.
That’s because there are three tournaments of note this Saturday, including the 64-team Crossover Classic in Spokane. Richland and Mead, ranked 1-2 in 4A, are both playing along with Mount Spokane, rated No. 1 in 3A and a recent winner over Mead, and West Valley of Yakima (No. 3 in 3A).
Plus there’s the Capitol City Tournament in Olympia and the Bearcat Invitational at Monroe. I will have more info on all three laster this week.
In tournaments of note last Saturday, Fife beat Issaquah in the title of the Bellevue College Tournament and Capital won the Mark Morris Tournament.
Props to FIfe, ranked No. 4 in the Coaches’ Association 2A state poll. Coach Jan Kirk turns out state contenders year after year and the Trojans whould make another run at the crown next month.
Issaquah actually bumps up a notch in The Times’ 4A rankings this week because Puyallup, last week’s No. 4, lost to both Graham-Kapowsin and Curtis and falls out of the top-10, at least temporarily. Bellarmine Prep pops in at No. 9 in part due to a victory last week over Curtis.
Issaquah plays No. 3 Woodinville tonight in a monster KingCo 4A match. I know Issaquah coach Todd Parsons rested his starters for part of the tournament Saturday, and said they weren’t as sharp as usual when they returned to the lineup for the title bout with Fife.
Jackson suffers a bit from that loss to Edmonds-Woodway, even tough five players (three starters) sat out after violating a team rule. The Timberwolves slide from second to fifth and G-K climbs some to No. 6.
In 3A, Seattle Prep goes to No. 7 after last week’s win over Bishop Blanchet, which slips to No. 9. Capital, which beat three ranked 2A teams en route to the Mark Morris championship (No. 1 Burlington-Edison, No. 9 Mark Morris and No. 10 Tumwater), inches up to No. 8.
No. 4 Camas beat Prairie 3-1 last week, but Prairie hangs in at No. 10. Auburn Mountainivew continues to knock on the door after wins over good Enumclaw and Bonney Lake teams.
So, here you go:
2. Mead (Spokane)
5. Jackson (Mill Creek)
9. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
On the bubble — Auburn Riverside, Bellarmine Prep, Bothell, Central Kitsap, Curtis (University Place), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Gig Harbor, Kamiak (Mukilteo), Lake Stevens, Kentwood, Marysville-Pilchuck, Puyallup, Rogers (Puyallup), Snohomish, Tahoma, Wenatchee.
1. Mount Spokane
2. Kennedy Catholic
3. West Valley (Yakima)
5. Mount Si
6. Eastside Catholic
7. Seattle Prep
8. Capital (Olympia)
9. Bishop Blanchet
10. Prairie (Brush Prairie)
On the bubble — Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Columbia River, Enumclaw, Everett, Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Southridge (Kennewick), Timberline.