I’ll be out at Kentwood for the Kent Classic Volleyball Tournament Saturday, and if you get a chance you should also get there.
Actually, the tournament is played at both Kentwood and Kentlake, but the championship bracket play is at Kentwood this year.
You don’t get an opportunity to see Mead of Spokane play on this side of the state, but the second-ranked Panthers are making the trip over and I’m excited to see them play. The 34-team field also includes Bellarmine Prep (No. 3 in 4), Newport (No. 5 in 4A), Curtis (No. 6 in 4A), Kentwood (No. 8 in 4), Skyview (No. 9 in 4A) and Mount Si (No. 1 in 3A).
You can see the full list of teams entered, along with the pool assignments and other general information here.
I’m anxious to see Mount Si for the first time this season. However, I’ve been told setter Lauren Smith will be out of town on a softball recruting trip, so that we’re not going to get a true sense of how good the Wildcats are.
Central Catholic of Oregon returns as the defending champion and is ranked No. 80 in the country in the most recent PrepVolleyball.com rankings. Jackson, incidentally, dropped from No. 15 to No. 64 in those rankings after finishing 11th at the Durango Classic last weekend. Mead is No. 65.
I need to head out for an interview, so I am not going to have time to blog highlights from the Thursday matches, sorry. Check them out for yourself here.
A few ranked teams were in action and all won.
One 2A note from the other side of the state, No. 3 West Valley of Yakima beat Selah Thursday, 3-0.
I’ll tweet some scores from the Kent Classic on Saturday, and check back on the web later that night for my story on the tourney.