I was looking an incorrect bracket when I offered the original analysis of the 3A state volleyball tournament, so I’ve amended some analysis here.
Auburn Riverside has met every challenge this season.
And the Ravens made sure they tested themselves by playing in – and winning – the ultra-tough Linda Sheridan Classic in Spokane.
They were pushed to the limit by Columbia River in championship match of the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament, and rallied from 0-2 down to win.
So, they get my nod as favorites in the 3A state volleyball tournament.
Check out the full bracket here.
Auburn Riverside started the season ranked No. 1, so now we’ll see if they can live up to it.
The Ravens could wind up meeting No. 2 Columbia River in the semifinals, but both teams will have a lot of work to do to get there.
Riverside opens with Seattle Prep, a state regular that has had an up-and-down season but can’t be overlooked. A win there would pit the Ravens against either No. 6 Mercer Island, the defending champion, or No. 9 Marysville-Pilchuck.
What a dynamite match that would be with two power hitters across the net from each other — Riverside’s Precious Atafua and MI’s Jemma Yeadon.
Columbia River gets No. 8 Holy Names out of the gate. The Cougars feature junior hitter Angelou Dunton, the Metro Mountain MVP. Next up would likely be No. 4 Kamiakin of Kennewick, which meets Prairie in the first round.
I think that bottom half of the bracket is loaded. I’d favor No. 3 Capital of Olympia in the upper half, although those Cougs could have a whale of a semifinal showdown with No. 5 Lakeside, whichi s on a roll after sweeping through the Metro and Sea-King District tourneys.
Again, though, there are no sure things and if I had to fill out my bracket beforehand, I’d use a pencil rather than pen!
No. 7 Edmonds-Woodway appears to be peaking at the right time and could face Capital in the quarterfinals, IF the Warriors get past Eastside Catholic in the first round. You can never count out Metro teams, in my book.
Don’t rule out a run by No. 10 Southridge of Kennewick either. The Suns are hungry after falling short last season, finishing third. They open against a North Thurston team that is playing well, too.
It should be an outstanding two days of volleyball in Class 3A and I’m looking forward to covering it.
Sorry for the earlier confusion!