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September 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The Right Stuff Volleyball Blog: Kent Classic should be a classic

The Kent Classic Volleyball Tournament this Saturday should be just that – a classic. The 30-team field not only includes the two teams ranked 1-2 in Class 4A, Emerald Ridge and Bellarmine Prep, but No. 4 Camas and No. 8 Skyline as well. Always-tough Mead of Spokane is entered as well. Some high-caliber 3A squads will be there, too,…


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November 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Bellarmine’s Jody DeGroot named one of AVCA’s two National Coaches of the Year

Here is a very cool honor for Jody DeGroot, who guided Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma to an unbeaten season and second straight Class 4A state volleyball championship: LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 26, 2013)  -  The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Kim Lauwers, head girls’ volleyball coach at A.J. Dimond High School in…


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November 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Final

I say it every year, and this one is no different: We’ll know who the real No. 1 volleyball teams in the state for each classification Saturday night.

But I’ve still got my final rankings for you in Class 4A, 3A and 2A.

I’m a big believer in that old adage about there being no sure thing, especially in high-school sports. But I’d have to say Bellarmine Prep and Southridge are the very clear favorites in 4A and 3A, respectively. I’ve had them ranked No. 1 all season. But there are some other quality teams in both fields, and there’s usually an upset or two (or three or more) along the way.

I don’t think Kentwood played its best against the Lions in the championship match of the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament. Newport has been on a roll and you can never count Mead out — even without longtime coach Judy Kight. Snohomish is playing very well right now, too, and Emerald Ridge is dangerous.


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September 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 1

OK, so I got the dart board out and managed to come up with the first state high-school volleyball rankings of the season for 4A, 3A and 2A.

When all is said and done, we’ll see if I managed a bulls eye or two, although I very well might miss the board in a lot of areas.

Last year, I correctly pegged the 3A and 2A champions in Prairie and West Valley of Yakima, but was off-target in 4A, where I went with Jackson over Mead and Bellarmine Prep. Instead, they finished in reverse order as Bellarmine beat Mead in the title match and Jackson finished third.


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August 21, 2013 at 8:47 AM

National volleyball rankings: Bellarmine Prep, Emerald Ridge crack top-100

John Tawa has posted the top-100 national volleyball rankings on, and you can find them here. Two Washington teams made the cut — Bellarmine Prep at No. 44 and Emerald Ridge at No. 99. Bellarmine features 6-2 senior Courtney Schwan, a UW commit who lead the Lions to the Class 4A state championship last season…


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