Here are the next-to-last state volleyball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A.
I’ll give you a brief synopsis, by classification.
4A — No teams out from last week, but there is some major reshuffling after West Valley of Yakima (formerly No. 3) lost to Eisenhower to close out regular-season play. They will meet again in the Big 9 championship game Saturday and both could wind up at state.
Sadly, the Rams lost one of their top players to a season-ending injury, which is why I’ve dropped them all of the way to No. 10, moving Ike up just one spot to No. 7. Battle Ground beat Camas again (and are now 2-1 against their rivals on the season, I believe), while Central Valley beat University twice (U-Hi was without a key player who should be back for regionals, but that doesn’t necessarly mean CV wouldn’t have won anyway).
I would be surprised if both CV and U-Hi do not make it through to state, but teams like Richland and Pasco hope to have a say in that in their regional tournament.
3A — Shorewood (No. 10 last week) falls out after losing to Marysville-Pilchuck in the opening round of the District 1 tourney. Lakeside is back in, beating then-No. 9 Holy Names in the Metro League championship match. The Cougars hang in at No. 10.
I’ve dropped Kennedy from second to fifth — not because of any match losses, but because the Lancers will be without their best player (Shayne McPherson) the rest of the way and I just don’t see them being quite as strong without her, but they could prove me wrong!
2A — Only change is East Valley of Yakima replacing Ellensburg at No. 8 after beating the Bulldogs last week.
It should be a great week of tournament volleyball, and I hope you get out to see some action!
1. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
3. Battle Ground (Vancouver)
4. Central Valley (Spokane Valley)
6. University (Spokane)
7. Eisenhower (Yakima)
9. Skyline (Sammamish)
10. West Valley (Yakima)
1. Auburn Riverside
2. Capital (Olympia)
3. Columbia River (Vancouver)
4. Mercer Island
5. Kennedy Catholic
7. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
9. Lakeside (Seattle)
10. Holy Names (Seattle)
2. Sehome (Bellingham)
3. North Kitsap (Poulsbo)
7. East Valley (Spokane)
8. East Valley (Yakima)