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October 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 5

I updated here earlier about the three significant tournaments played Saturday.

As usual, I had some struggles determining how much weight to put on certain matches — especially since they’re 2-out-of-3 at best. I rarely “punish” a team in a lower classification for losing to a good team in a higher classification.

As it turns out, I didn’t make any changes in 3A. Obviously, Auburn Riverside is every bit as good as I thought they are and I like the fact that they got to play No. 4 Columbia River over in Spokane. The Chieftains are really good, too. 

Ditto for No. 2 Kennedy Catholic, which lost only to Bellarmine Prep at the Monroe tournament.

Kamkiakin lost to 4A Richland in league play last week, and had a so-so showing in Spokane, but stays at No. 7.

The biggest changes come in 4A. Emerald Ridge, which didn’t play in a tournament this past weekend but will be in the Capital City Classic coming up, is a strong No. 1, but I’ve vaulted Bellarmine back to No. 2.

Battle Ground, which had been No. 2 the past couple of weeks, lost to Camas in league play last week and slips to No. 6 — despite the solid showing Saturday. I heard more good things about West Valley of Yakima, so am vaulting the Rams to No. 3. They get a big challenge Tuesday against Eisenhower — a team they lost to in the SunDome tournament last month.

Ike was at No. 10, but I’m going with Mead this week after the Panthers played better in the Spokane tourney. The rest is just some shuffling.

No newcomers in 2A, although I’ve dropped Ridgefield from sixth to 10th. I nearly went with Pullman — which beat Ridgefield in the tournament, but Pullman has lost to East Valley of Spokane. That rematch is Tuesday, so I’ll see what happens then.

So, here you go for this week:

Class 4A 

1. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)

2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)

3. West Valley (Yakima)

4. Camas

5. University

6. Battle Ground (Vancouver)

7. Central Valley (Spokane)

8. Curtis (University Place)

9. Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

10. Mead (Spokane) 

Class 3A

1. Auburn Riverside

2. Kennedy Catholic (Burien)

3. Capital (Olympia)

4. Columbia River (Vancouver)

5. Holy Names (Seattle)

6. Mercer Island

7. Kamiakin (Kennewick)

8. Southridge (Kennewick)

9. Lakeside (Seattle)

10. Ferndale 

Class 2A

1. Tumwater

2. Sehome (Bellingham)

3. North Kitsap (Poulsbo)

4. Burlington-Edison

5. Selah

6. Anacortes

7. Woodland

8. Lynden

9. Fife

10. Ridgefield

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