The Spokane Crossover Classic wasn’t the only prep volleyball tournament played last weekend, although it certainly was the one with the largest field (64 teams) and highest caliber of competition from top to bottom.
I’ve already noted that Mead of Spokane beat Jackson in the championship match of the Crossover, 2-0 (25-20, 29-27). That was Jackson’s first in-state loss of the season (the Timberwolves lost twice in that exclusive Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas last month). Fittingly, Mead and Jackson flip-flop in this week’s 4A state rankings.
Back on this side of the state, Kentwood topped Roosevelt in the final of the Bearcat Invitational at Monroe and Newport beat Shorewood in the championship match of the Reach the Peak Invitational at Glacier Peak.
Newport inches up to No. 4 in 4A behind Curtis with Camas slipping to No. 6. The Papermakers won their pool at the Crossover, then lost to Kamiakin in the opening round of bracket play, 2-1, and later lost a one-set “match” to Bellarmine Prep to finish 11th.
So, I’ve got Bellarmine at No. 5 this week and Camas is followed by Gig Harbor, Richland, Puyallup and Auburn Riverside. Yep, the Ravens get a spot in the top-10 after their impressive third-place showing in Spokane. The reached the semifinals before falling to Mead, 25-18, 25-13.
In Class 3A, the top three remain the same — Mercer Island, Prairie, Mount Si. Prairie had a solid tournament in Spokane. The Falcons didn’t make the top bracket because they lost 2-0 to a very good Colville team (No. 4 in 2A). That proved to be their lone loss of the day.
I had a tough time arranging the rest of the 3A rankings, to be frank — other than feeling good about moving Seattle Prep to No. 4. Bainbridge lost to Bishop Blanchet last week, but I’m keeping the Spartans in at No. 7. Mount Spokane didn’t fare well in Spokane, but had two key starters gone on recruiting trips, from what I understand. So, the Wildcats also stay in and slide down to No. 9.
I’ve dropped Eastside Catholic out this week after losing last week to Lakeside, but the Crusaders could make their way back in a hurry. The Metro League is so tough!
Glacier Peak has been playing well again and gets the nod at No. 10.
Class 2A remains unchanged, although there were a lot of raised eyebrows by West Valley of Yakima’s loss to Graham-Kapowsin in the opening round of the Crossover bracket play. The Rams won the rest of their matches, and G-K is a solid 4A team, so they’ll stay at No. 1.
Here’s the latest version, which of course is up for debate:
1. Mead (Spokane)
2. Jackson (Mill Creek)
3. Curtis (University Place)
4. Newport (Bellevue)
5. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
7. Gig Harbor
10. Auburn Riverside
1. Mercer Island
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie)
3. Mount Si (Snoaqualmie)
4. Seattle Prep
5. Timberline (Lacey)
6. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
9. Mount Spokane
10. Glacier Peak (Snohomish)
1. West Valley (Yakima)
6. Capital (Olympia)
7. East Valley (Spokane)