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September 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 2

Sometimes, volleyball tournaments help you get a better handle on state rankings.

Other times, not — and that’s because of the pool-play formats (two sets only) and best-of-three in bracket play as well as the fact that most tourneys include teams from a variety of classifications.

In putting together this week’s rankings for 4A, 3A and 2A, I struggled with how much weight to put on the tournaments at Auburn Mountainview and Yakima in particular, as they were the bigger events (there were a few smaller tournaments as well).

You’ll find few changes in 4A and 3A.  West Valley and Snohomish are replaced at the bottom of the 4A list by Graham-Kapowsin and Eisenhower — for now. Don’t be surprised to see the other two back in sooner or later. CV and U-Hi swap places after CV’s win in the SunDome tourney. The two GSL teams don’t face each other until late in the season.

In 3A, Kennedy Catholic moves up a spot based on the tourney win at Auburn Mountainview (Sterling Classic). Seattle Prep, which lost to Mercer Island and Bellevue last week, falls off and Holy Names gets the nod, although I gave consideration to Bishop Blanchet, Stanwood and Central Kitsap as well as Bellevue.

My biggest dilemma was in 2A, but utlimately I stuck with Tumwater, which dropped a pair of matches to quality 4A teams, Curtis and Olympic. The Thunderbirds bounced back to reach the title game at Mountainview before losing to Kennedy.

North Kitsap vaults to No. 4 with its second-place finish in Yakima and there’s juggling after that. Fife tumbled from No. 4 to No. 10 after a three-set loss to Franklin Pierce, and nearly fell out entirely, but I’m giving the Trojans another week at least. That 2A classification is always the tougest for me.

At any rate, here you go:

Class 4A

1. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
3. Battle Ground (Vancouver)
4. Camas
5. Central Valley (Spokane Valley)
6. University (Spokane)
7. Jackson (Mill Creek)
8. Skyline (Sammamish)
9. Graham-Kapowsin (Graham)
10. Eisenhower (Yakima)

Class 3A

1. Auburn Riverside
2. Mercer Island
3. Columbia River (Vancouver)
4. Southridge (Kennewick)
5. Kennedy Catholic (Burien)
6. Lakeside (Seattle)
7. Ferndale
8. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
9. Capital (Olympia)
10. Holy Names (Seattle)

Class 2A

1. Tumwater
2. Burlington-Edison
3. Sehome
4. North Kitsap (Poulsbo)
5. Lynden
6. Selah
7. Ridgefield
8. Anacortes
9. R.A. Long (Longview)
10. Fife

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