State volleyball: Class 2A tournament at a glance

mwochnick@theolympian.comNovember 14, 2013 

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Capital battles Ridgefield in the District IV volleyball championship match at Black Hills High School in Tumwater on Nov. 9, 2013.

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Class 2A state volleyball tournament

Friday-Saturday, at Pierce College, Lakewood

Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors (single-day ticket); $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors (tournament pass).

 

Friday’s first-round matches (team records reflect best-of-five matches only):

8 a.m.: Sehome (15-2) vs. East Valley (Yakima) (12-6)

8 a.m.: Tumwater (15-3) vs. Washington (17-3)

9:45 a.m.: Squalicum (11-7) vs. East Valley (Spokane) (11-5)

9:45 a.m.: Capital (14-3) vs. Port Angeles (13-8)

11:45 a.m.: Fife (15-7) vs. Colville (12-6)

11:45 a.m.: Burlington-Edison (17-0) vs. Sumner (14-7)

1:30 p.m.: North Kitsap (18-1) vs. Ridgefield (14-7)

1:30 p.m.: Lynden (8-10) vs. West Valley (Yakima) (15-1)

 

5 players to watch

OH Maggie McTaggert, sr., Burlington-Edison

OH Erika Crawford, sr., West Valley (Yakima)

OH Shannon Boyle, sr., Ridgefield

OH Rachel Erickson, jr., Capital
OH Taylor Lyall, sr., Sehome

 

FAVORITE

 

Burlington-Edison Tigers

Veteran squad has victories over top-notch teams from all classifications. Team won 2011 state title with Alyssa Terwilliger and Maggie McTaggert as holdovers.

 

CONTENDERS

 

West Valley (Yakima) Rams

Two-time defending state champions (3A in ‘11, 2A last year) knows what it takes to win.

 

Capital Cougars

Cougars have won nine straight matches on their way to winning the 2A District IV title. Could be on track for an all-2A EvCo semifinal clash with rival Tumwater. 

 

Tumwater Thunderbirds

Can T-Birds get past the runner-up status? They’ve reached the state title match in back-to-back years, and finished second twice.

 

CHALLENGERS

 

Sehome Mariners

Mariners finished second to state’s top-ranked team during the regular-season and District 1/2 bi-district tournament.

 

East Valley (Spokane) Knights

A mediocre 5-5 record through its first 10 regular-season matches is a distance memory.

 

MIGHT SURPRISE

 

North Kitsap Vikings

Only losses have come to top-ranked Burlington-Edison and Washington in last week’s 2A West Central District III title match.

 

Ridgefield Spudders

Sacramento State-bound Shannon Boyle and Co. were shockers of the district tournament, downing Tumwater in the semifinals in five sets.

 

Colville Indians

No strangers to the state tournament (16th overall appearance), Indians won 1A state title two years ago.

 

Washington Patriots

Freshman Runa Pitoitua’s 6-1 frame bumps team’s average height up to 5-6.

 

East Valley (Yakima) Red Devils

District 7 champions making their first state trip since ‘96.

 

LONG SHOTS

 

Fife Trojans

Storied program has never gone 0-2 at state in back-to-back appearances.

 

Port Angeles Roughriders

Survived two loser-out matches, including a five-setter in the final match, to reach state.

 

Squalicum Storm

Welcome to your first state tournament, Squalicum Storm.

 

Sumner Spartans

Deja vu again: Spartans play Burlington-Edison to open state tournament.

 

Lynden Lions

Who says teams that finish sixth in league can’t do well at state?

 

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