I am finally back with some updated state high-school volleyball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Thanks for your patience.
And, yes, I am calling these the Week 3 rankings even though I was unable to update them in week 2. It’s the third week of the regular season, so I think that makes the most sense.
I have been out of the volleyball loop recently and admit I don’t have a real good grasp on how to size up teams just yet. Tournaments are often not the best gauge this early, because some coaches juggle their lineups just to get kids some playing time, for one thing.
I do still pretty comfortable with the No. 1 teams in all three classifications — Bellarmine Prep (4A), Southridge (3A) and West Valley of Yakima (2A). All remain intact.
You’ll find the biggest change for any of the three comes in 3A, where Mount Si — which I had at No. 2 to start the season — falls completely out of the top-10, for now at least. The Wildcats are going through some growing pains, and some physical pains as well. They lost to surprising Interlake recently and were up and down at the Kent Classic — where Bellarmine Prep beat Central Catholic of Oregon in the title match, 25-21, 25-16. Both are nationally ranked.
Mercer Island climbs a notch to No. 2.Auburn Mountainview, No. 10 out of the gate, is also on the outside looking in, at least temporarily. I’ve been impressed with Everett’s fast start and am jumping the Seagulls in at No. 6. Kennedy Catholic is the other newcomer, taking the No. 9 spot. There is some other juggling in 3A, but nothing too significant.
Look for a big showdown between No. 4 Holy Names and No. 7 Seattle Prep on Tuesday.
In 4A, Emerald Ridge remains a strong No. 2 and Olympia flies in at No. 4 after a strong showing at the Kent Classic (plus this is a program that simply reloads rather than rebuilds). I remember saying Kentwood deserved a hard look in 4A back when I put together the first rankings, and sure enough the Conquerors are turning heads. They get the No. 5 spot.
Snohomish falls from third to eighth, but should still be a contender down the stretch.
I’ve dropped Newport out for now. The Knights opened at No. 6, but lost a key player to a season-ending injury and are still adjusting to a new setter as well. I’ll be surprised if they aren’t back in the top-10 before long and get a chance to make a statement tonight (Monday) against Skyline.
In 2A, East Valley of Yakima and Washington are out in favor of North Kitsap and White River.
So, here’s how things stand for this week:
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
2. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
3. Central Valley (Spokane Valley)
5. Kentwood (Covington)
6. Skyline (Sammamish)
7. Mead (Spokane)
9. Auburn Riverside
10. Jackson (Mill Creek)
1. Southridge (Kennewick)
2. Mercer Island
3. University (Spokane)
4. Holy Names (Seattle)
5. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
7. Seattle Prep
8. Shadle Park (Spokane)
9. Kennedy Catholic (Burien)
10. Prairie (Brush Prairie)
1. West Valley (Yakima)
6. Sehome (Bellingham)
7. Capital (Olympia)
9. North Kitsap (Paulsbo)
10. White River (Buckley)