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October 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 5

I updated here earlier about the three significant tournaments played Saturday. As usual, I had some struggles determining how much weight to put on certain matches — especially since they’re 2-out-of-3 at best. I rarely “punish” a team in a lower classification for losing to a good team in a higher classification. As it turns out, I…


Comments | Topics: Auburn Riverside, Bellarmine Prep, Emerald Ridge

September 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

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

It was great to get out and see some really good volleyball Saturday at the Kent Classic. You can ready my story about it here. Top-ranked Emerald Ridge is really good, but the Jaguars still have some work to do, like every other team in the state. They didn’t dominate start to finish, and even dropped…


Comments | More in Rankings, Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Emerald Ridge, Holy Names

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,…


Comments | More in The Right Stuff, Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Emerald Ridge, Kent Classic

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…


Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep

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.


Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Kentwood, Mercer Island

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.


Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Jackson, Mercer Island

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…


Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Courtney Schwan, Emerald Ridge