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November 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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.
October 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Gotta love high-school volleyball, right?
And if you’re reading this, you must.
On any given night….
There are certainly no sure things, although I feel pretty good about the teams I’ve got ranked in each of the top three classifications — Bellarmine Prep, Southridge and Burlington Edison. Those jive with the Coaches Association rankings, too (not that those have a great deal of influence on mine, to be honest). I’ve had Bellarmine and Southridge at the top all season, although West Valley of Yakima started No. 1 in 2A.
At any rate, the “shocker” last week was Kentridge’s 3-2 victory over Kentwood, which had been cruising along and had shot up to No. 2 after an earlier win over Emerald Ridge. The Conquerors were even in PrepVolleyball.com’s top-100. No longer. Kentridge started the season 0-7, but has been playing better as of late and that win over KW was a third straight — followed by a 3-0 loss to Auburn Riverside.
As far as the rankings go, it’s the time of the season where it’s difficult to make huge changes based on a single match, because you have to keep the bigger picture in focus.
October 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM
What’s that old adage? You’ve got to beat No. 1 to be No. 1, right?
Well, same goes for being No. 2.
And that’s just what the Kentwood volleyball team did last week. The Conquerors edged Emerald Ridge, then ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, by a 3-2 count. And they backed up that performance by winning the Bearcat Invitational in Monroe Saturday.
So, Kentwood, which was unranked to start the season (shame on me!), climbs from No. 5 into that No. 2 spot behind Bellarmine Prep.
Which reminds me, BP was up to the challenge last week against Olympia (then No. 4), 3-1. (more…)
September 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM
I am finally back with some updated state high-school volleyball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Thanks for your patience.
And, yes, I am calling these the Week 3 rankings even though I was unable to update them in week 2. It’s the third week of the regular season, so I think that makes the most sense.
I have been out of the volleyball loop recently and admit I don’t have a real good grasp on how to size up teams just yet. Tournaments are often not the best gauge this early, because some coaches juggle their lineups just to get kids some playing time, for one thing.
I do still pretty comfortable with the No. 1 teams in all three classifications — Bellarmine Prep (4A), Southridge (3A) and West Valley of Yakima (2A). All remain intact.
You’ll find the biggest change for any of the three comes in 3A, where Mount Si — which I had at No. 2 to start the season — falls completely out of the top-10, for now at least. The Wildcats are going through some growing pains, and some physical pains as well. They lost to surprising Interlake recently and were up and down at the Kent Classic — where Bellarmine Prep beat Central Catholic of Oregon in the title match, 25-21, 25-16. Both are nationally ranked.
Mercer Island climbs a notch to No. 2. (more…)
February 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Before I head out to cover a couple of regional boys basketball games, I wanted to share some thoughts in Friday’s girls games.
There were some great ones!
One I wish I had been there for: Kentwood’s double-overtime victory over third-ranked Lynnwood, 61-60. On paper, this looks like the biggest upset of the night. However, I said going in that I expected it to be an entertaining game. I gave Lynnwood the edge, but the Conquerors have proven they can hang with anyone when they play well together, which they did again Friday. You can read the game story here.
Another I would have loved to watch: Bellevue’s 58-51 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Prairie, last year’s 3A champion. The Falcons won’t be in the final eight for the first time since 1997, when they failed to qualify for state. What a great victory for the young Wolverines! You can read about it here.
Then there was Holy Names’ heartbreaking loss to University of Spokane, in overtime. The Cougars were oh-so-close to getting back to Tacoma. That game story is here. And there was another 3A thriller between No. 4 Seattle Prep and No. 10 Stanwood. The Panthers pulled that one out, 44-43, and you can read more here, where there is also mention of Cleveland’s lopsided victory over Kelso.
February 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Kentwood, which made the SPSL playoffs on Wednesday after Kent-Meridian was forced to forfeit its victories because of an ineligible player, kept its season alive by beating Emerald Ridge, 53-52, to earn the final seed to the district tournament. And they won in overtime on a half-court buzzer-beater by Jackson Huerta after ER had hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to take the lead.
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