It’s quite a process to fill in the state volleyball brackets for all classifications — just ask Cindy Adsit, the WIAA assistant executive director who over oversees volleyball.
She’s working on it!
But the brackets are up for Class 4A and Class 3A. And, by either later today (Sunday), or sometime tomorrow, the rest of them should be updated. For now, they just show the draws by district. You can find all of them here.
I thought I’d be able to fill in the blanks earlier for 4A and 3A, but didn’t take into account the sorting it out takes for the districts that pool their berths.
In 4A, for instance, the Greater Spokane League pooled with the Mid-Columbia Conference (each with 1 berth), ang the GSL wound up sweeping both with Central Valley finishing first in that regional and University second.
In 3A, the Greater St. Helen’s League (Soutwest District 4) combined with with the SPSL and Seamount (West Central District 3). For the longest time this morning I couldn’t figure out why the seeds weren’t listed as District 3/4 Nos. 1,2,3,4 & 5. Instead, it was District 3 Nos. 1-4, and District 4 No. 1.
At any rate, the blanks are filled in now, and Columbia River went in the District 4 No. 1 spot. The Chieftains (GSHL champs) finished second to Auburn Riverside in the bi-district tournament yesterday (and what a great match — you can read my story about it here).
I expected to see Riverside and River in opposite sides of the state bracket, but not so. That’s a loaded bottom half! I’ll talk more about it during the week. The other surprise, to me, was seeing Mercer Island (Sea-King District No. 2) facing Bellevue (Sea-King No. 6) in the opening round. I thought they would face opponents from other districts first off.
In 4A, both halves look fairly balanced. But, wow, we could see No. 1 Emerald Ridge face No. 5 Camas in the quarterfinals! And that’s a killer first-round match between No. 3 Battle Ground and No. 4 Central Valley.
Mind you, those rankings will change tomorrow when I put together the final set, especially with Camas beating Battle Ground in their district final and No. 2 Bellarmine Prep topping Emerald Ridge. In other words, Bellarmine will take the No. 1 spot and seek a third straight title.
Again, more over the next few days, but I wanted to get this info posted.