I’ve always said that just about anything can happen when it comes to high-school sports.
There are generally few givens and it’s often hard to gauge what really constitutes an upset.
That might especially be true in volleyball, and I thought it was interesting that two different coaches – Skyline’s Callie Wesson and Snohomish’s Alex Tarin – eluded to the unpredictable nature of the sport after losses to unranked teams on Tuesday.
No. 7 Skyline was coming off a solid showing at the Kent Classic (tied for third) and went down 3-1 to Mount Si, freshly up from 3A this fall.
“It was just an off night,” Wesson said. “High-school kids and their inconsistencies.”
Of course it was a very on night for Mount Si’s Anna McCreadie, who smashed 28 kills to go along with two blocks and five aces.
“Anna was amazing,” Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote said. “They couldn’t stop her.”
Tarin cited a number of factors in Snohomish’s 3-1 loss to Monroe and said he is anxious to see how the eight-ranked Panthers respond Thursday against Kamiak.
“I am hoping this loss will but some fire under us for the rest of the season,” he said.
Monroe was led by Jessica Clark (18 kills, 16 digs), Meredith Teague (14 kills) and Ally Barber. Coach April Munoz said the two teams were fairly evenly matched and mentioned tough serving on both sides.
“Both teams have a lot of upper-classmen with an intense drive to win,” she said.
Among the big Thursday matches is a 3A showdown between No. 3 Southridge and No. 10 Kamiakin. And on Friday Bellarmine Prep, the two-time defending 4A state champion currently ranked No. 5, travels to Yakima to play a very good West Valley team, which has been in and out of the rankings.