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October 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

The Right Stuff: Brackets, brackets everywhere, glances at the surging Monroe and Shorewood volleyball teams, state allocations and more

In this volume of The Right Stuff, my emphasis is getting you up to speed on the playoff situations involving area Class 4A and 3A teams. I hope to be able to add links to brackets for 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B tournaments next week.

There’s a ton of them. I was able to add a few below.

I’ll also take a look today at the success Monroe is enjoying in WesCo 4A and Shorewood’s surge in WesCo 3A.

Sorry the notebook is a little late this morning, but I need to verify some information based on results from some of the Tuesday matches.

To start, I want to make sure you know how many allocations to state each league/district gets this year, and you can find that here (scroll down toward the bottom; the actual “Allocations” link on the page appears to be broken). Some general info on all of the state volleyball tournaments is on the same page. Don’t get excited when you see the bracket links, though — those are results from last year.

It’s a brutal trek for some teams. For instance, only five teams will advance out of the ultra-tough SeaKing 3A District, which combines Metro and KingCo.

The Metro tourney started Tuesday with a pair of loser-out matches. Lakeside beat Franklin and Holy Names eliminated Nathan Hale, both by 3-0 counts.

Lakeside and Holy names are now assured of district berths as the top eight advance. It’s all about jockeying for seeding the rest of the week. You can find the updated bracket toward the end of this blog post.

And you’ll find lots of other links below, too.

‘Rebuilding’ Bearcats blow through WesCo 4A North

Before the season started, coach April Munoz admitted she didn’t really know what to expect from her Monroe volleyball team. She expressed more caution than confidence.

“It’s going to be a rebuilding year for us,” she said back in August. “We don’t have a lot of experience.”

So it was extra special when the Bearcats beat Lake Stevens Monday, 3-1, to clinch the WesCo 4A North Division title.

“It feels really good,” Munoz said. “These girls have worked really hard. They really deserve it.”

Monroe is 7-0 and has a three-game cushion over Lake Stevens (5-3) and Snohomish (4-3) with just one regular-season match remaining. The Bearcats close out the regular season tonight (Wednesday) against Arlington.

As usual, senior OH Melina Seabrook led the way against Lake Stevens with 18 kills and 13 digs. She’s been instrumental to the team’s success all season.

“Melina has been huge,” Munoz said. “She’s just a ball of energy and it just bleeds into everybody else. She works so hard.”

The development of setter D.D. Latimore has been key, too, as she followed in the footsteps of her sister, Taylor, last year’s setter. D.D. amassed 52 assists against Lake Stevens.

As a team, Monroe has gotten better week by week.

“They’ve improved a ton,” Munoz said. “Ball control is really what they’re all about. We’re not a team with a lot of fire-power. We do what we can on our side of the net and let the other team make mistakes.”

The Bearcats were regulars at the state tournament not so long ago, making four straight appearances between 2005-08. But they’ve failed to qualify the past three years. Munoz hopes this team can break the barrier again.

“That’s what we’re working for,” she said.

It’s still a long road. Only two teams from WesCo 4A (North and South) advance directly out of the Northwest District tournament, which is Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The third-place finishers faces the No. 3 seed out of KingCo 4A for a third and final spot on Nov. 3.

Snohomish, the WesCo North favorite coming into the season, can pull into a second-place tie with Lake Stevens by beating Mount Vernon tonight. The Panthers and Vikings have split their two regular season matches, so a playoff might be in order.

In the WesCo South Division, second-ranked Jackson (9-0) can wrap up the title tonight by beating Kamiak (8-1) in what should be an exciting match. The Timberwolves won 3-1 last time around.

Jackson is still one of the favorites to win the 4A state title. The Timberwolves’ only in-state loss came to top-ranked Mead in the Spokane Crossover Classic a couple of weeks ago (Jackson was ranked No. 1 and Mead No. 2 at the time)

Shorewood snags long-awaited WesCo 3A banner

This banner has been a long time coming. A really long time.

When Shorewood beat Meadowdale 3-2 Monday night to wrap up the WesCo 3A South Division championship, it gave the Thunderbirds their first volleyball banner since 1985, according to coach Jen Chartrand.

It’s something the players put on their list of goals at the beginning of the season.

“This group has battled Meadowdale for three years to get this WesCo title,” Chartrand said. “They really wanted it. When I saw the talent of the underclassmen, I told them I thought they could do it, and I believe we have a lot more volleyball left to play.”

Seniors Monica Poster and Marianne Kellogg are both three-year starters and came up big against Meadowdale. Poster, a 5-foot-5 outside hitter, put together 22 kills and 35 digs, while Kellogg piled up 52 assists and 14 digs.

Freshman OH Delaney Hopen chipped in 11 kills and 21 digs.

The T-birds started the season 1-1 in league play, then won their last six in a row to claim the title, avenging a loss to Glacier Peak along the way.

“We’re a totally different team now,” said Chartrand, who took over as head coach last season after one year as an assistant. “They’re playing like a family. They trust each other and they are mentally tough.”

Shorewood hasn’t qualified for state since 1998, another drought the team hopes to end.

“That’s our plan,” Chartrand said. “I feel the girls have peaked at the right time.”

Meadowdale (5-2) and Glacier Peak (4-3) play tonight to decide second place in the South Division. Meadowdale won 3-0 when the teams first met on Oc. 9.

Stanwood has the 3A North title in hand at 7-1 and is followed in the standings by by Everett (5-2) and Oak Harbor (4-3), which finish league play tonight.

The top four in each division advance to the Northwest 3A District tourney, which will be played Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. Three state berths will be on the line.

Other league tournaments, brackets, etc.

The third-ranked Curtis Vikings went into Tuesday’s match with Emerald Ridge looking for their first undisputed SPSL 4A South Division championship.

But they had to settle for just a share of it as the Jaguars posted a 3-0 upset to pull into a tie at 7-1. And that gave young ER a spot in Saturday’s SPSL championship game against No. 10 Auburn Riverside, which held off Kentwood Tuesday, 3-2, to finish 8-0 in the North Division.

Curtis and Kentwood play Saturday to decide the Nos. 3-4 seeds into the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament the following weekend.

In another upset, Rogers beat No. 9 Puyallup, 3-2, to land the No. 3 spot in the SPSL South and crosses over to play Kent-Meridian, while Puyallup will play Kentridge. All are assured of district berths.

The one loser-out match Saturday is between the No. 5 seeds, Graham-Kapowsin and Tahoma.

Here’s the SPSL 4A Tournament lineup, Saturday at Beamer:

11 a.m. – Tahoma (North #5) vs. Graham-Kapowsin (South #5), winner #9, loser out

1 p.m. – Puyallup (South #4) vs. Kentridge (North #4), winner #7, loser #8

3 p.m. – Auburn Riverside (North #1) vs. Emerald Ridge (South #1), winner #1, loser #2

5 p.m. – Curtis (South #2) vs. Kentwood (North #2), winner #3, loser #4.

7 p.m. – Kent-Meridian (North #3) vs. Rogers (South #3), winner #5, loser #6

Enumclaw created a mess in the SPSL 3A standings by beating Bonney Lake 3-1 Tuesday. They share the regular-season title with Auburn Mountainview, all 8-2. The seeding into Saturday’s West Central 3A Sub-District tournament at Auburn Mountainview will be determined by a draw today. I will let you know when I hear how that turns out.

The first- and third-place teams play each other in the first round of the tourney, while the No. 2 seed faces Kennedy, the Seamount League champion. All are assured of district berths. The one loser-out match will be between Peninsula (SPSL #4) and Hazen (Seamount #2), with the winner advancing to district as the No. 5 seed.

The KingCo 3A tournament starts tomorrow (Thursday) and involves all six teams (remember, Lake Washington and Sammamish are 2A this fall). Here’s the bracket:

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The KingCo 4A tournament begins Saturday at Newport and Skyline. Here’s the bracket:

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And you can find the link to the Northwest 4A District tournament here. They are really good about updating, so keep checking back to see when all of the teams are filled in.

Same for the Northwest 3A District tournament, which you’ll get here.

And while I’m at it, the District 1/2 2A bracket is here. That includes the top 2A qualifier out of KingCo, which would be Lake Washington.

To round it out, the Northwest District 1A bracket, which features sixth-ranked King’s, is here.

The SPSL seeds into the West Central 2A Sub-District tournament (set for Saturday at Franklin Pierce) will be decided tonight and I’ll try to follow up on those pairings. The top five SPSL teams are in the tourney along with the top three Seamount 2A teams. Lindbergh is No. 1 out of the Seamount and Foster No. 2. Evergreen won a playoff with Renton Tuesday for the third seed.

Before I sign off, here’s that updated Metro League bracket:

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