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November 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM

The Right Stuff Volleyball Blog: Archbishop Murphy takes down 2A champs

I’ve had my eye on the Archbishop Murphy volleyball team.

But apparently I haven’t been watching close enough.

While the WSVCA have the Wildcats at No. 9 in the latest Class 2A state poll, I’ve kept them on my unofficial “watch” list.

Coaches know best!

Archbishop Murphy now has my full attention after punching a ticket to state with a 3-1 victory over Burlington-Edison in the semifinals of the District 1 tournament Wednesday.

Did I mention that B-E is the defending state champion? I have the Tigers ranked No. 5 this while they are No. 4 in the coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats now play second-ranked Sehome in the championship match Saturday at 2 p.m. at Squalicum. Sehome clinched its state berth with a 3-0 victory over Lakewood.

Burlington-Eidson faces Anacortes at noon in a loser-out, winner-to-state match Saturday at noon. The stakes are the same in the consolation match between Bellingham and Lakewood as the top four teams advance.

Sam Hayward led the Wildcats against B-E with 13 kills and 21 digs. Jaime Cymbaluk added 11 kills and five blocks, while McKenna Palmer dished out 39 assists.

Archbishop Murphy opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Bellingham. The Wildcats finished third in the Cascade Conference behind two very good 1A teams – No. 1 Cedar Park and No. 10 King’s (those are ranking by the WSVCA; I only can keep up with 4A, 3A and 2A).

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