I’m back at Saint Martin’s University for the final day of the Class 4A and 3A state volleyball tournaments.
I’ll be updating as best I can, and also tweeting scores (@sandyringer1). Friday, I as able to provide more frequent updates via twitter. However, I went over my tweet limit yesterday (I didn’t even know there was one!) and wasn’t able to update the final matches.
So I’ll have to pace myself today.
UPDATE — Bellarmine wins the 4A title, 15-13 in the fifth.
UPDATE — Mead and Bellarmine going to a fifth set after Mead took the fourth, 25-16.
UPDATE — Prairie dominates in the third, 25-16, and sweeps North Thurston to win the 3A state title. Great tournament for North Thurston, too.
UPDATE — Bellarmine now up 2-1 on Mead after winning the third set, 25-20. Courtney Schwan is a beast.
UPDATE: Prairie comes from behind to win the second set with North Thurston, 25-22, and is now up 2-0 in the 3A title match.
UPDATE: It’s all Bellarmine in the second set, 25-14. The 4A title match is tied 1-1.
UPDATE: Mead holds off Bellarmine in the first set, 27-25.
UPDATE — Prairie takes the opening set from North Thurston, 25-20.
UPDATE — Title matches are starting late because that Jackson-Olympia bout ran long. Plus, we had four coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame: Judy Kight (Mead), Tony Batinovich (Puyallup), John Reopelle (Bethel) and Gordy Bushaw (Central Kitsap).
And Eastside Catholic was announced as the 3A state academic champion.
UPDATE — Sorry, had some interviews to take care of.
Jackson earned the third-place trophy with a 3-1 victory over Olympia (25-22 in the fourth). Olympia finishes fourth — a good showing considering how many players they lost from last year’s team.
UPDATE — Kudos to Auburn Riverside, which swept Richland 3-0 (25-20 in the third) to earn the seventh-place trophy. The Ravens’ lone loss in the tournament came in the opening round to Mead.
Richland finishes a respectable eighth.
UPDATE — Jackson comes from behind to win the second set with Olympia, 25-21, and now has a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE — Camas now up 2-0 on Puyallup after taking the second set, 25-21.
UPDATE — Auburn Riverside now has a 2-0 advantage over Richland after winning the second set, 25-12.
UPDATE — Tough first set between Jackson and Olympia. Jackson finally prevails, 28-26.
Camas takes the opener against Puyallup, 25-22.
UPDATE — Auburn Riverside jumps up 1-0 over Richland, 25-15.
UPDATE — Now come the 4A trophy matches:
7th-8th places: Auburn Riverside vs. Richland
5th-6th places: Camas vs. Puyallup
3rd-4th places: Jackson vs. Olympia
UPDATE — Southridge wraps up a third-place finish with a 3-1 victory over Holy Names (25-11 in the fourth). Holy Names takes fourth. Solid tournaments for both teams.
UPDATE — Auburn Mountainview earns the fifth-place trophy with a 3-1 victory over Glacier Peak (25-20 in the fourth). Glacier Peak winds up sixth.
First trophies for both schools.
UPDATE — Holy Names wins the third set with Southridge, 28-26, to stay alive. Southridge leads 2-1.
UPDATE — Mercer Island completes the sweep, 24-23 in the third. The Islanders go 3-1 and wind up with the seventh-place trophy. Things might have been so much different if they hadn’t met Prairie in the opening round. But we’ll never know.
Seattle Prep finishes eighth — a nice season for the Panthers, too.
And Glacier Peak is on the board against Auburn Mountainview with a 25-20 win in the third. Mountainview leads 2-1.
UPDATE — All three 3A trophy matches in progress now are 3-0.
MI took the second set from Prep, 25-21.
It was Auburn Mountainview 25, Glacier Peak 22.
Southridge handled Holy Names, 25-16.
UPDATE — Thanks to the reader who pointed out this isn’t Glacier Peak’s first state trophy in any sport. I should have remembered the soccer and basketball. But the WIAA website doesn’t show Glacier Peak under the state history tab. They show only Glacier (closed). But when you go to Glacier, sure enough there is the Glacier Peak info.
But this is the school’s first volleyball trophy.
UPDATE — The 3A trophy matches are now in progress.
In the match for third and fourth, Southridge took the first set against Holy Names, 25-19.
Auburn Mountainview leads Glacier Peak 1-0 in the fifth- and sixth-place match after a 25-18 opening set.
Mercer Island rolls past Seattle Prep, 25-15, in pursuit of seventh place. The loser is eight.
UPDATE — In that Bellarmine-Jackson semi, Courtney Schwan was impressive with 17 kills, 10 aces, 10 digs and two blocks. Emmy Allen led Jackson with 12 kills.
UPDATE — What an epic third set between Mead and Olympia! After trailing most of the way, the Panthers come back to win 36-34 to advance to the title match against Bellarmine Prep.
Olympia will play Jackson for third and fourth places.
UPDATE — It’s a 3-0 sweep for Bellarmine over Jackson (25-17 in the third). The Lions are in the championship game for the first time. Jackson will play for third and fourth places.
UPDATE — Mead is now up 2-0 on Olympia, winning the second set 25-17. The Panthers look good.
UPDATE — Bellarmine playing very well and leads Jackson 2-0 (25-14 in the second). Courtney Schwan has been a force at the net, and behind the serve line.
UPDATE — Mead up 1-0 on Olympia, the defending champion, after a 25-22 first set win.
UPDATE — Courtney Schwan serves out the first set against Jackson with an ace as Bellarmine wins, 25-21.
UPDATE — There’s a short break now as the 4A semifinals don’t start until 3:15. They should be great matches — No. 2 Jackson vs. No. 3 Bellarmine and No. 1 Mead vs. No. 8 Olympia.
UPDATE — So it will be North Thurston vs. Prairie in the 3A final at 8:15 tonight. The Rams swept Southridge, 3-0 (25-23 in the third). They’ve never been in the title match. Prairie won a 4A title in 1998 and was second in ’96.
Southridge and Holy Names play for third and fourth at 5:15 p.m.
UPDATE — Praire advances to the 3A championship game with a 3-0 win over Holy Names, which will play for third and fourth places. Holy Names had its chances in the third, but Prairie came back for a 25-23 victory.
UPDATE — North Thurston now leads Southridge 2-0 after winning a hard-fought second set, 30-28.
UPDATE — Prairie takes a 2-0 advantage over Holy Names with a 25-16 win in the second set.
UPDATE — Prairie closes out that first set over Holy Names, 25-21.
UPDATE — 3A semifinals are in progress.
North Thurston took the first set against Southridge, 25-15.
Prairie currently leads Holy Names in the first set.
And in the 4A consolation match, Puyallup knocks out Emerald Ridge, 3-2 (15-12 in the fifth). No trophy this year for the young Jags, who had their sights set on a top-five finish. Puyallup takes home more hardware.
UPDATE — Emerald Ridge squanders a match point opportunity and Puyallup comes back to win the fourth set, 27-25. They’re tied 2-2 now.
UPDATE — Camas closes out a 3-2 victory over Union (15-4 in the fifth). The Papermakers, we had been a 3A power, will get another trophy. Union still has to wait.
UPDATE — Camas and Union going to a fifth set (again) after Camas pulls off a 25-23 victory in the fourth.
UPDATE — Emerald Ridge wins the third set, 25-21, and now is up 2-1 on Puyallup.
UPDATE — Union’s turn again, 25-17, and the Titans lead Camas 2-1.
UPDATE — ER lets most of a big lead slip away in the second set against Puyallup but holds on to win, 25-21. It’s 1-1 now.
UPDATE — Camas evens things with Union at 1-1, taking the second set 25-21.
UPDATE — Puyallup comes from behind to win the first set against Emerald Ridge, 29-27.
UPDATE — Union comes out smoking against Camas, takes the first set 25-13.
UPDATE — No trophy for KingCo 4A teams this year. Richland eliminates Newport, 3-2 (15-11 in the fifth). Richalnd earns its first troph. The Bombers had never won a match at state before yesterday. They came into the 2010 tourney ranked No. 2 and bombed, 0-2.
UPDATE — Two rival matches are in progress in 4A consolation play. Puyallup and Emerald Ridge are on one court, Camas and Union on another. This is the fourth meeting of the season between Camas and Union. The Papermakers have won all three, but the last one went five sets.
UPDATE — Newport rebounds to take the fourth set against Richland, 25-21. On to set No. 5.
UPDATE — Glacier Peak advances to the trophy round with a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Columbia River (15-8 in the fifth).
That very well might be the school’s first team trophy in any sport. They aren’t listed on the WIAA website under state tournament history. The Snohomish school opened in the fall of 2008.
Columbia River was on such a roll coming into the tournament, winning the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament. And they looked good in that first-round win over Seattle Prep. But they lost a tough five-setter to North Thurston yesterday and now this. Still a very nice season.
UPDATE — After winning the first two sets, Glacier Peak has dropped the next two to Columbia River (it was 25-22 in the fourth) and we go to a fifth.
Richland now leads Newport 2-1, taking the third set 25-16.
UPDATE — Auburn Riverside will go home with a trophy. Skyline will not. The Ravens completed a 3-0 sweep by winning the third set 25-20. The Ravens had a tough opening draw, facing a very good Mead team, but have won two straight since.
Skyline placed a school-best sixth place last year.
UPDATE — Richland wins the second set with Newport, 25-18 and now it’s 1-1.
UPDATE — Columbia River shows life, wins the third set 25-15 to cut Glacier Peak’s lead to 2-1.
UPDATE — Auburn Riverside digs a hole, then climbs out to beat Skyline 26-24 and take a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE — Newport leads Richland 1-0, winning the first set 25-23.
Glacier Peak now up 2-0 on Columbia River, winning set No. 2 25-20.
UPDATE — Auburn Riverside leads Skyline 1-0, taking the first set 25-20.
UPDATE: No. 7 Newport takes on No. 10 Richland in another 4A consolation match.
UPDATE — Seattle Prep knocks out Mount Si in five (15-8 in the fifth) and will play Mercer Island later for seventh and eighth places.
UPDATE — Two more loser-out matches are in progress now. In 3A, it’s No. 6 Columbia River against Glacier Peak. In 4A, No. 6 Skyline is playing Auburn Riverside. Winners get trophies.
UPDATE — Seattle Prep forces a fifth set with Mount Si, winning 25-19 in the fourth.
UPDATE — Kudos to Auburn Mountainview. The Lions beat No. 3 Mount Spokane in three (all three were 25-19) and are assured of their first volleyball trophy in school history. They will play for fifth and sixth places at 5:15 p.m. against the winner of the next match between Glacier Peak and No. 6 Columbia River.
UPDATE – Mount Si goes up 2-1 on Seattle Prep by taking the third set, 25-18.
UPDATE — It’s not the trophy they came for, but Mercer Island won’t go home empty-handed. The Islanders crush Lakeside, 3-0 (25-13 in the third) and will play later for seventh and eight places.
A nice season for Lakeside.
UPDATE — Mount Si evens things with Seattle Prep by winning the second set, 25-21.
Auburn Mountainview goes up 2-0 on Mount Spokane with a 25-19 win in the second.
UPDATE — Lakeside rallied and rallied, but was in too big of a hole in the second set as Mercer Island finally closes it out, 25-17. Islanders lead 2-0.
UPDATE — Seattle Prep jumps up 1-0 on Mount Si, 25-18.
UPDATE — Mercer Island on fire early, drills Lakeside 25-10 in the opening set.
First up are three loser-out matches in Class 3A: No. 1 Mercer Island vs. Lakeside, No. 2 Mount Si vs. No. 4 Seattle Prep and Auburn Mountainview vs. No. 3 Mount Spokane. The losers are eliminated. The winners are assured of trophies.
Yes, there were upsets all over the place yesterday. That and the fact that rankings are worth what they’re worth — not much.
You can find Rob Crow’s first-day story on 3A here.
And you can find my first-day story on 4A here.
There are other ways to follow, too. The Eli Sports Network is doing a great job of broadcasting play by play of all three matches in progress. You can listen here.
You can follow the Class 2A tournament on the WIAA network here.
The WIAA keeps the brackets for all classifications updated pretty regularly, so you can also check here, especially for the tournament action over at the Yakima SunDome.