We can crown the state poll champions for volleyball in Class 4A (Bellarmine Prep), 3A (Auburn Riverside) and 2A (Tumwater).
But the crowns that count come Saturday night, when matters are decided on the court.
Those should all be dynamite tournaments! And I’m sure the battles in the smaller classifications will be entertaining as well.
In 4A, the big news Saturday was No. 2 Bellarmine Prep’s 3-1 win over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Emerald Ridge. So those two swap places in the final poll and Central Valley moves up a spot to No. 3.
Camas beat Battle Ground for the top Southwest District seed and moves to No. 4, with the Tigers tumbling to No. 5. The next five remains the same.
There are more moves in the other two classifications, with teams in and out. Columbia River and Capital swap places in 3A (now second and third, respectively) after CR beat the Cougars at district. Kamiakin climbs to No. 4 with Lakeside at No. 5, riding that great Sea-King District championship, and Mercer Island No. 6.
Edmonds-Woodway jumps in at No. 7 and Marysville-Pilchuck takes the No. 9 spot after those two finished 1-2 in the District 1 tourney. Holy Names sits at No. 8 with Southridge coming back in at No. 10. Ferndale falls out, losing to M-P in the district semis (but still a possible trophy contender at state). Kennedy failed to qualify for state, a prerequisite for the final top-10.
The top four in 2A are intact. East Valley of Spokane leapfrogs Ridgefield, for Nos. 5-6, and Archbishop Murphy gets its due at No. 7 after the big win last week over Burlington-Edison, which hangs in at No. 8 Ellensburg is back in at No. 9 and Liberty grabs the final spot after reaching the title match of the WCD 3 tourney, losing there to No. 3 North Kitsap.
Woodland and Fife made it to state, but slip out of the rankings as does East Valley of Yakima, which might be one of the better teams in 2A, but there was just one berth, which went to the other East Valley.
So, here are those final rankings:
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
2. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
3. Central Valley (Spokane Valley)
5. Battle Ground
6. University (Spokane)
7. Eisenhower (Yakima)
9. Skyline (Sammamish)
10. West Valley (Yakima)
1. Auburn Riverside
2. Columbia River (Vancouver)
3. Capital (Olympia)
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick)
5. Lakeside (Seattle)
6. Mercer Island
8. Holy Names (Seattle)
10. Southridge (Kennewick)
2. Sehome (Bellingham)
3. North Kitsap (Poulsbo)
5. East Valley (Spokane)
7. Archbishop Murphy (Everett)
10. Liberty (Renton)