By winning the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district title — a first in Timberline High volleyball history — coach Krista Manke and the undefeated Blazers got a taste of what they’ll see this weekend at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament, Friday and Saturday in Timberline’s own gym and at nearby Saint Martin’s University.
“Our district is tough,” Manke said two days after the Blazers captured the program’s first district title by defeating Auburn Mountainview, 3-1. “Playing harder teams and bigger competition sets the tone for what we’re going to face.”
Teams from across the state will be in South Sound for the Class 4A and 3A state volleyball tournaments Friday and Saturday at Marcus Pavilion. The Class 2A state tournament, featuring Capital and Tumwater, will take place at Pierce College in Lakewood.
Timberline’s historic feat propelled the Blazers to a No. 3 rank in the final statewide coaches poll. This is the first time Timberline has been ranked
despite its undefeated record.
“What (the team) showed this weekend,” Manke said, “they have some pretty good potential there.”
Sunday’s 3A state draw puts the Blazers on the opposite side of the bracket from Southridge of Kennewick, the state’s top-ranked 3A team. Timberline will face Holy Names Friday at 5:15 p.m.
In 2A, Capital opens with Port Angeles at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, and No. 3 seed Tumwater drew Washington, the top seed from 2A West Central District, at 8 a.m. It could be a semifinal collision course for Capital and Tumwater since the teams are on the same side of the bracket.
There was a bit of extra incentive for the Cougars to win last weekend’s 2A District IV title, the first in coach Natalie Rhodes’ 12-year tenure: a higher seed that allowed them to avoid a rematch with Eastern Washington teams in the first round. The past two years, the Cougars lost opening-round matches to Mount Spokane (3A) and West Valley of Yakima last season, which went on to win the 2A state title.
“I’m glad we didn’t draw West Valley again,” Rhodes said. “We always ended up getting a draw that wasn’t favorable.”
The state tournaments for girls soccer kick off Tuesday and Wednesday with South Sound teams being represented in classes 4A, 2A, and 1A.
Olympia (13-3-2) travels to face Edmonds-Woodway (14-2-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Edmonds Stadium in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. It’s the Bears’ first trip to state since 2008 when they lost in the first round to Skyline, 1-0.
On Wednesday, Black Hills (16-2-1), the 2A Evergreen Conference champion, will face Sumner (14-2-1) at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Rochester (15-3), the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division co-champion, faces Eatonville (16-1) Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Orting High School.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick