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
Veteran squad has victories over top-notch teams from all classifications. Team won 2011 state title with Alyssa Terwilliger and Maggie McTaggert as holdovers.
West Valley (Yakima) Rams
Two-time defending state champions (3A in ‘11, 2A last year) knows what it takes to win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sacramento State-bound Shannon Boyle and Co. were shockers of the district tournament, downing Tumwater in the semifinals in five sets.
No strangers to the state tournament (16th overall appearance), Indians won 1A state title two years ago.
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.
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.
Welcome to your first state tournament, Squalicum Storm.
Deja vu again: Spartans play Burlington-Edison to open state tournament.
Who says teams that finish sixth in league can’t do well at state?