Class 3A state volleyball tournament
Friday-Saturday, at Saint Martin’s University
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):
11:45 a.m.: Oak Harbor (6-11) vs. Eastside Catholic (17-4)
1:30 p.m.: Bishop Blanchet (10-12) vs. Southridge (14-0)
1:30 p.m.: Shadle Park (13-3) vs. Auburn Mountainview (14-2)
1:30 p.m.: Kennedy (18-2) vs. Mercer Island (19-2)
3:15 p.m.: Seattle Prep (16-3) vs. Prairie (10-8)
3:15 p.m.: Columbia River(14-2) vs. Ferndale (13-4)
3:15 p.m.: Meadowdale (13-4) vs. University (13-3)
5:15 p.m.: Timberline (18-0) vs. Holy Names (15-8)
5 players to watch
OH Kat Towslee, sr., Eastside Catholic
OH Sara Lindquist, sr., Mercer Island
MH Riley Podowicz, sr., Timberline
S Kylie Fraga, sr., Southridge
S Amanda Konynenbelt, sr., Shadle Park
Ranked No. 1 all season, team looks to be the third eastside team to win a state title since 2008, joining Shadle Park (2008) and West Valley of Yakima (2011).
First was an undefeated regular-season, then last week’s bi-district title, a first for both in program history. Is their first state title next?
Shadle Park Highlanders
Stacked 3A regional has Highlanders feeling they already have state tournament experience.
Might be program’s best chance for a state trophy; three other trips resulted in one state trophy (sixth in ‘04).
Mercer Island Islanders
Dartmouth commit Sara Lindquist and Co. are hitting their stride at the right time.
Eastside Catholic Crusaders
UConn-bound Kat Towslee and the rest of her senior class want to go out on a high note.
Columbia River Chieftains
They might be young by starting three sophomores, including 3A GSHL MVP Evi Wilson, but they have the experience to back it up.
Seattle Prep Panthers
Tradition-rich program has won four state titles since 2001.
Auburn Mountainview Lions
Only recent hiccup was falling to Timberline in the bi-district title match.
The defending 3A state champions won’t go down without a fight.
Made a statement about what they can do against teams in their own classification by winning District 1 tournament.
Kennedy Catholic Lancers
Will be a different team with dynamic setter Apryll Eneliko back in the lineup.
Bishop Blanchet Braves
Started SeaKing tournament winning a loser-out match, then won two more.
Holy Names Cougars
Placed sixth a year ago, but three of previous four state appearances resulted in early exits.
Oak Harbor Wildcats
Turned heads at the District 1 tournament as a No. 7 seed out of eight teams, reaching the district title match.
Won its way through three loser-out matches to get final state berth from district.