State volleyball: Class 3A tournament at a glance

mwochnick@theolympian.comNovember 14, 2013 

Timberline's Hunter Manke reaches for a ball in front of North Thurston's Annie Koehler (from left), Liz Colon and Katie Sisson during the Blazers' three-game sweep of the Rams, 25-22, 25-14, 25-15, in a league volleyball match at Timberline High School in Lacey on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

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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

 

FAVORITE

 

Southridge Suns

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).

 

CONTENDERS

 

Timberline Blazers

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.

 

University Titans

Might be program’s best chance for a state trophy; three other trips resulted in one state trophy (sixth in ‘04).

 

CHALLENGERS

 

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.

 

MIGHT SURPRISE

 

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.  

 

Prairie Falcons

The defending 3A state champions won’t go down without a fight.

 

Ferndale Eagles

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.

 

LONG SHOTS

 

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.

 

Meadowdale Mavericks

Won its way through three loser-out matches to get final state berth from district.

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