I think the Spokane Crossover Classic is the premier volleyball tournament in the state, at least as far as the regular season goes.
And it’s this weekend.
I am very anxious to see how it plays out and we plan to have a freelanced story Sunday if a local team reaches the final.
Will No. 1 Jackson live up to its billing?
Of course the Class 4A Timberwolves aren’t the only No. 1 team in the 64-team field. West Valley of Yakima, No. 1 in 2A and last year’s 3A state champion, will be there, too, along with Colfax, which is rated No. 1 in 2B by the Coaches Association.
Prairie, which started the season No. 1 in The Times’ 3A poll and now sits at No. 2, expects to make a good showing, too. The Falcons are No. 1 in the Coaches Association poll.
Other 4A ranked teams entered are No. 2 Mead, No. 4 Camas, No. 6 Bellarmine Prep and No. 8 Skyview. On the 3A side, No. 6 Mount Spokane, No. 9 Kamiakin and No. 10 Kennewick are playing. The 2A contenders include No. 4 Colville and No. 8 Pullman.
In the latest PrepVolleyball.com national rankings, Jackson and Mead sit No. 71 and 72.
Here are the Crossover Classic pools:
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The other tournament of note Saturday is the Bearcat Invitational at Monroe. I was disappointed when Bainbridge, ranked No. 4 in 3A, withdrew. But Inglemoor has been added and is in a pool with Kentwood, Garfield and Port Angeles.
The second pool features Kent-Meridian, Meadowdale, Shelton and Redmond and the third pool involves Monroe, Roosevelt, Shorecrest and Juanita.
Pool play begins at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play could start as early as 2:30 p.m.
If you’re reading this, you must be a prep volleyball fan and therefor realize I haven’t had time to post match highlights from Wednesday or Thursday.
But I wanted to mention a couple of key outcomes.
Bainbridge had its bubble burst a bit Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to Bishop Blanchet. Rachel Hunter keyed the upset with 13 kills.
The same night, No. 7 Eastside Catholic and Lakeside had a great battle and the Lions came away with a 3-1 victory. Check out these set scores — 30-28, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22. Jennie Glerum (16 kills, 4 aces) and Kaylee Best (12 kills) led the way. Kat Towslee racked up 22 kills for the Crusaders.
No. 5 Seattle Prep beat Holy Names, 3-1, behind the 13 kills from Phylly Knight, avenging their only league loss. It’s been a struggle as of late for the Cougars, formerly ranked No. 1, but remember this is the Mighty Metro and all of those Mountain Division teams are tough.
In other Wednesdy matches involving ranked teams, Curtis (No. 3 in 4A) beat Spanaway Lake, 3-1; Puyallup (No. 10 in 4A), blanked Bethel, 3-0; Newport (No. 5 in 4A) topped Garfield, 3-1; and Washington (No. 10 in 2A), rolled past White River, 3-0.
Only two area ranked teams were in action Thursday night. King’s (No. 3 in the Coaches Association 1A poll) dispatched Sultan, 3-0, and Christian Faith (No. 3 in the Coaches Assocation 1B poll) topped Northwest Yeshiva, 3-1.