Four teams clinched berths to the 4A state volleyball tournament yesterday (Tuesday), including upstart Mount Vernon.
The Bulldogs went into the Northwest District tourney seeded fifth, but they knocked off top-seeded Edmonds-Woodway in the semifinals, 3-0, to advance to Thursday’s championship match against Snohomish. The Panthers, ranked No. 7, punched their ticket to state by beating Lake Stevens in the other semifinal, 3-0.
Second-ranked Newport is in after last night’s 3-1 victory over Bothell in the semifinals of the KingCo (District 2) tourney. Skyline also clinched a berth by beating Eastlake in the other semi, 3-0, and plays Newport for the tournament title tomorrow night at Skyline.
Just one more state berth is up for grabs between those two districts, so it will be quite a battle between the eight that remain alive — Eastlake, Ballard, Bothell and Inglemoor on the KingCo side, and E-W, Jackson, Lake Stevens and Monroe on the WesCo side (the No. 3 finishers in each of those tournaments play Saturday for a final berth).
The other 4A district and regional tournaments are this weekend. The biggest of those is the West Central Bi-District event at Kentwood Friday-Saturday, where seven qualifiers will be decided.
Most district tournaments 3A, 2A and the other classifications are also this weekend, although the Sea-King 3A tourney starts tomorrow, and that one should be a dandy.
Your best bet to keep caught up is on the WPA website: http://www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?act=index&league=3