I can already imagine some raised eyebrows once these new state volleyball rankings get around.
Oh, there’s not a bunch of wholesale changes. You know I’m not much one for that.
But there is some shuffling in each classification and a few new faces — although the top four in each remain intact in 4A and 3A, and there is only some minor tweaking in the upper half of 2A.
We’ll start in 4A, where Olympia falls off the charts after losing to Gig Harbor last week. The Bears had climbed to No. 4, and still could be a trophy team at state, but pays a steep price for that one. They also lost in the semifinals of the Capitol City Invitational Saturday to a good Capital team that is ranked in 2A.
And Snohomish gets the boot for now, too, after falling to Edmonds-Woodway last week. I gave E-W strong consideration — especially after a strong showing at the Wenatchee Invitational, where they reached the semis before losing to eventual-champion Bellarmine Prep, the state’s top-ranked team in 4A (and a nationally-ranked team as well). But I decided to go with Lake Stevens, which beat E-W earlier this season.
We’ll find out just how good the Vikings are in a hurry as they face No. 10 Jackson on Tuesday. Hardly seems fair to leave Jackson in (although the Timberwolves didn’t lose last week) and toss Snohomish out since they have lost to the Panthers. But it was close (3-2) and this is sometimes what happens when one team loses to another that has lost to another.
Snohomish will always be a threat with Lanesha Reagan in the lineup, so don’t think I’m writing that team off by any means.
Mead slides one spot after losing to Shadle Park, the No. 5 team in 3A.
Skyline is pounding on the door, still. Curtis got lots of love in the WSVCA rankings — climbing all of the way to No. 3 — and the Vikings have had some good showings. But last week’s loss to Puyallup keeps them out of my top-10 for at least another week.
In 3A, the only significant change finds Auburn Mountainview in at No. 10 and Bainbridge out. The Spartans (at No. 9 last week) lost not only to No. 4 Seattle Prep last week (no shame there), but also to Bishop Blanchet — a team they swept earlier in the season. You know how that topsy-turvy Metro League goes, though. I’ve got an eye on Eastside Catholic, too. Big week for once-ranked Holy Names, which has Bainbridge Tuesday and EC Thursday.
Burlington-Edison cemented its spot atop the 2A rankings by winning that Capitol City Invitational, sweeping Capital in the final. Tumwater — which beat Capital last week — leapfrogs Selah into the No. 2 spot. North Kitsap and Cheney are back on the watch list with Colville and Ellensburg jumping in.
OK, let’s just get to it then, and here you go:
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
2. Kentwood (Covington)
3. Central Valley (Spokane Valley)
4. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
5. Newport (Bellevue)
6. Auburn Riverside
7. Mead (Spokane)
8. Gig Harbor
9. Lake Stevens
10. Jackson (Mill Creek)
1. Southridge (Kennewick)
2. Mercer Island
3. University (Spokane)
4. Seattle Prep
5. Shadle Park (Spokane
6. Kennedy Catholic
8. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
9. Columbia River (Vancouver)
10. Auburn Mountainview
4. West Valley (Yakima)
5. Sehome (Bellingham)
6. Capital (Olympia)
8. R.A. Long (Longview)