The Class 4A and 3A state volleyball tournaments are staying at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey for at least another year.
But the 2A tourney is moving from The Evergreen State College to Pierce College in Steilacoom this fall.
The tournaments are scheduled for Nov. 9-10.
There were a number of complaints about some of the logistics at The Evergreen State College, such as parking, concessions and the seclusion of the campus. Cindy Adsit, the WIAA assistant executive director who oversees volleyball, said Pierce College better suits the needs of the teams and spectators.
The Friday consolation games in the 2A tournament will be played at nearby Lakes High School.
While the 4A and 3A events remain at Saint Martin’s Pavilion, coaches across the state have agreed to a change in warmup procedures that should help the matches remain closer their schedule times. Last fall, some of the contests got way behind and it was after midnight before the action was done on Friday (technically early Saturday morning).
Instead of having all 20 minutes of warm-up time be on the courts where the matches are scheduled to be played, teams will do the first 18 minutes in the nearby Charneski Recreation Center, then have just two minutes on their assigned Pavilion court.
Plus, a three-ball system will be used during matches, preventing players from spending time chasing down volleyballs.
Coaches found these changes much more desirable to the other possible solutions, which included either going to a best-of-three format (instead of best-of-five) or reducing the state finals to eight teams instead of 16.
“They all came together and came up with creative ideas,” Adsit said. “I was real pleased with the ideas they came up with and we’re definitely willing to give it a shot.”
She said the Friday consolation matches will again be played at a local high school, but is not sure yet whether that will be Timberline again. Olympia is another possibility.
The 1A, 2B and 1B tournaments will remain at the Yakima SunDome.