What’s that old adage? You’ve got to beat No. 1 to be No. 1, right?
Well, same goes for being No. 2.
And that’s just what the Kentwood volleyball team did last week. The Conquerors edged Emerald Ridge, then ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, by a 3-2 count. And they backed up that performance by winning the Bearcat Invitational in Monroe Saturday.
So, Kentwood, which was unranked to start the season (shame on me!), climbs from No. 5 into that No. 2 spot behind Bellarmine Prep.
Which reminds me, BP was up to the challenge last week against Olympia (then No. 4), 3-1.
Emerald Ridge dips to No. 4 behind Central Valley — which has a big match this Thursday against University, rated No. 3 in 3A.
I’m not quite sure what to make of the results from Saturday’s Linda Sheridan Classic (formerly Spokane Crossover). A pair of Idaho teams went 1-2, followed by surprising Rogers of Puyallup and Auburn Riverside.
I’ve had AR in the rankings all season, and I’ll keep the Ravens in at No. 9 this week. That third-place “match” with Rogers was a single-set, whith Rogers won, 26-24. I’ll continue to keep the Rams on my radar, but no top-10 for now.
Actually, all 10 teams in the 4A rankings from last week are still in there, with only a little juggling in the upper half. No. 7 Snohomish had a pair of thrillers last week, 3-2 over No. 10 Jackson and Kamiak.
There’s more of a shake-up in 3A. Kamiakin struggled in the Spokane tourney and slips to No. 8. Everett (No. 6 last Monday) had a tough week — and unimpressive showing at the Climb the Peak tourney Saturday at Glacier Peak, which was won by surging Stanwood.
I believe some injuries are playing a part, but for now I’ve booted the Seagulls and gone with Meadowdale, one of the teams that topped Everett last week. Stanwood got a close look, too.
Enumclaw, No. 9 a week ago, lost to Auburn Mountainview and former-No. 10 Prairie fell to Columbia River. I’m going with Bainbridge at No. 9 and we’ll see what the Spartans can do against No. 4 Seattle Prep on Tuesday.
Columbia River gets the No. 10 spot and Auburn Mountainview continues to knock on the door along with a very good Holy Names team (Eastside Catholic, too).
Class 2A continues to be a head-scratcher in some ways. Big match Tuesday between No. 3 Tumwater and No. 6 Capital. Cheney lost to Pullman last week, but my gut says to keep them in the mix so they only tumble from No. 5 to No. 9.
No. 8 Sumner has a big match tonight against White River, so I’ll be anxious to see how that turns out. Ellensburg is another 2A team I’ve got an eye on.
This Saturday, it’s the big Capitol City Invitational down in Olympia, so that should be interesting.
OK, so here you go for this week:
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
2. Kentwood (Covington)
3. Central Valley (SpokaneValley)
4. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
6. Mead (Spokane)
8. Newport (Bellevue)
9. Auburn Riverside
10. Jackson (Mill Creek)
1. Southridge (Kennewick)
2. Mercer Island
3. University (Spokane)
4. Seattle Prep
5. ShadlePark (Spokane
6. Kennedy Catholic
8. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
10. Columbia River (Vancouver)
4. WestValley (Yakima)
5. Sehome (Bellingham)
6. Capital (Olympia)
7. North Kitsap (Paulsbo)
10. R.A. Long (Longview)