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December 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

State girls basketball rankings — Week 2

Sorry for the late post today with the updated girls basketball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A — in meetings for much of the day. In the future I will hope to have them posted by late morning or early afternoon.

It was an exciting week of girls basketball, as I expected — capped by that big showdown between the top two teams in 4A, with No. 1 Lynnwood edging No. 2 Mount Rainier, 57-54, in double-overtime.

So no change there in this week’s rankings. In fact, the top five in 4A remain the same. Mead, last year’s champion, climbs from No. 10 to No. 6, despite two early losses (one to a very good Oregon team). That’s in part because teams I had ranked Nos. 6-9 all loss, and for now drop ty my watch list (which I am not listing on the blog, by the way).

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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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November 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Final state volleyball rankings from the WSVCA for all classifications

I was starting to think we might not get the state volleyball rankings from the Coaches’ Association until tomorrow, which today is a government holiday. But they just popped in! These are the final rankings for 2013. And if you check back in an hour or so, you’ll find the final Seattle Times rankings as well. Here’s…

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November 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 9

Upsets? Sure, there were a few in the Washington prep volleyball world over the past week. Shockers? Not really, in my book.

There are few sure things in high-school sports as far as I’m concerned.

But probably the biggest eyebrow raiser came in the championship match of the KingCo 3A tournament, where unranked Mount Si knocked off No. 2 Mercer Island, 3-2. The Islanders, whose only other loss of the season came against Newport (now ranked No. 2 in 4A), had beaten the Wildcats twice in league play by 3-0 counts.

But as Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote said when she called to tell me about the upset Saturday night, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!”

As you might recall, I had the Wildcats ranked No. 2 to start the season (with MI third), thanks largely to hard-hitting Lindsay Carr, but they struggled early on. The Islanders had been consistent all season, and I’m betting they go into the Sea-King District tournament all fired up. I’m taking a big-picture approach to them in this week’s rankings and only dropping them a few spots to No. 5.

Mount Si remains on the watch list, and watch out! I would have loved to have found a spot for them. Instead, I rewarded Eastside Catholic for the Metro League championship (and second win of the season over previously ranked Seattle Prep). The Crusaders jump in at No. 7.

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November 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Latest stats volleyball rankings from the WSVCA for all classifications

We’re down to the final two weeks of the season for prep volleyball! There were some interesting regular-season and playoff matches last week, which I’m mulling over as I put together The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Check back this afternoon for those. But first up is the version from the Washington State…

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October 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — week 8

And now the real fun begins — the countdown to naming the real No. 1 high-school volleyball teams begins in earnest this week as most leagues begin the playoff process.

Bring it on!

I’m anxious to see how everything plays out, particularly in Class 4A, 3A and 2A.

We are coming off a relatively quiet week as far as marquee matches go. Some ones of note: Snohomish beat Lake Stevens, Shadle Park beat Central Valley and Columbia River beat Prairie.

So there is not a lot of movement in the rankings for any of the top three classifications. In fact, for the first time, the 3A top-10 remains the same.

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October 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Latest state volleyball rankings from the WSVCA for all classifications

This just in from the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association — the top-10 in each classification. And be sure to check back this afternoon for The Seattle Times’ latest rankings. 4A   1A RANKING SCHOOL   RANKING SCHOOL 1 Bellarmine   1 Annie Wright 2 Central Valley (Spokane)   2 Cascade Leavenworth 3 Emerald Ridge   3 King’s 4 Auburn Riverside   4 Lakeside 5 Kentwood   5 Lynden Christian 6 Mead   6 Kalama 7 Snohomish   7 Chelan 8 Newport   8 Freeman 9 Curtis   9 Naches Valley 10 Camas   10 Cedar Park Christian           3A   2B RANKING SCHOOL   RANKING SCHOOL 1 Southridge   1 Colfax 2 Mercer Island   2 Toutle Lake 3 University (Spokane)   3 La Conner 4 Seattle Prep   4 Davenport 5 Kennedy   5 Darrington 6 Shadle Park   6 Tri Cities Prep 7 Kamiakin (Kennewick)   7 White Swan 8 Priarie   8 Kittitas 9 Auburn Mountainview   9 Lind Ritzville-Sprague 10 Mountlake Terrace   10 Napavine           2A   1B RANKING SCHOOL   RANKING SCHOOL 1 Burlington-Edison   1 Tekoa-Oakesdale 2 Tumwater   2 Wilbur-Creston 3 Capital   3 Sunnyside Christian 4 West Valley   4 Odessa-Harrington 5 Sehome   5 Pateros 6 Ellensburg   6 Almira…

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October 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 7

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.

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October 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 6

I can already imagine some raised eyebrows once these new state volleyball rankings get around.

Oh, there’s not a bunch of wholesale changes. You know I’m not much one for that.

But there is some shuffling in each classification and a few new faces — although the top four in each remain intact in 4A and 3A, and there is only some minor tweaking in the upper half of 2A.

We’ll start in 4A, where Olympia falls off the charts after losing to Gig Harbor last week. The Bears had climbed to No. 4, and still could be a trophy team at state, but pays a steep price for that one. They also lost in the semifinals of the Capitol City Invitational Saturday to a good Capital team that is ranked in 2A.

And Snohomish gets the boot for now, too, after falling to Edmonds-Woodway last week. I gave E-W strong consideration — especially after a strong showing at the Wenatchee Invitational, where they reached the semis before losing to eventual-champion Bellarmine Prep, the state’s top-ranked team in 4A (and a nationally-ranked team as well). But I decided to go with Lake Stevens, which beat E-W earlier this season.

We’ll find out just how good the Vikings are in a hurry as they face No. 10 Jackson on Tuesday. Hardly seems fair to leave Jackson in (although the Timberwolves didn’t lose last week) and toss Snohomish out since they have lost to the Panthers. But it was close (3-2) and this is sometimes what happens when one team loses to another that has lost to another.

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October 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Latest volleyball rankings from the WSVCA for all classifications

I just received the last rankings from the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association for all classifications.

It’s always fun for me to see a different perspective, and hopefully it is for you, too. I’ll be posting The Seattle Times rankings for 4A, 3A and 2A this afternoon.

One thing that jumps out at me in the coaches’ poll is Curtis at No. 3 in 4A. That surprises me in part because the Vikings just lost last week to Puyallup, which struggled at the Capitol City Invitational Saturday before bouncing back to win the consolation bracket. But I do have an eye on Curtis!

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