I’ll start with a look at the 2A state volleyball tournament, and work may way up.
Check out the full bracket here.
I never feel as though I have a great handle on 2A, in part because we don’t have a lot of 2A teams in our official coverage area (King and Snohomish counties, plus Bainbridge).
I’ve had Tumwater ranked No. 1 all season, so the T-birds would be my pick to win it all, although No. 2 Sehome is awfully good and I’m happy to see they are on opposite sides of the bracket.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll meet in the final as they are plenty of other good teams on both sides.
The T-Birds might actually have the tougher course. They open against Steilacoom, then would get either No. 7 Archbishop Murphy or No. 9 Ellensburg. Fourth-ranked Selah looms in the other quarter-bracket, along with No. 8 Burlington-Edison, the defending 2A champion.
It will be interesting to see how Archbishop Murphy does with a young starting lineup that includes three sophomorea and a freshman.
And No. 10 Liberty could be a surprise. We’ll know more after the Patriots’ opener against B-E.
It certainly won’t be an easy road for Sehome either. No. 3 North Kitsap, No. 5 East Valley of Spokane and No. 6 Ridgefield are in that upper half, too, along with former top-10 teams Fife and Woodland. Lakewood of Arlington, the other local qualifier, gets NK in the first round.
There is generally a surprise or two – or more – in every tournament, so in the end the team playing its best should come out on top.