State volleyball: Class 4A tournament at a glance

mwochnick@theolympian.comNovember 14, 2013 

Courtney Schwan, an outside hitter at Bellarmine Prep, is a UW signee.

JANET JENSEN — Staff photographer Buy Photo

 

Class 4A 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):

8 a.m.: Bothell (8-9) vs. Kentwood (16-2)

8 a.m.: Curtis (13-5) vs. Eisenhower 14-2)

8 a.m.: Central Valley (11-6) vs. Mount Vernon (11-7)

9:45 a.m.: Spanaway Lake (12-5) vs. Newport (Bellevue) (17-1)

9:45 a.m.: Skyline (14-3) vs. Emerald Ridge (17-3)

9:45 a.m.: Camas(16-3)  vs. Mead (11-5)

11:45 a.m.: Wenatchee (11-5) vs. Snohomish (15-2)

11:45 a.m.: Rogers (Puyallup) (13-5) vs. Bellarmine Prep (19-0)

 

5 players to watch

OH Courtney Schwan, sr., Bellarmine Prep

OH Jenna Mullen, jr., Emerald Ridge

OH Casey Schoenlein, sr., Newport (Bellevue)

OH Lanesha Reagan, sr., Snohomish

OH Lauren Hackett, sr., Kentwood

 

FAVORITE

 

Bellarmine Prep Lions

Can anyone stop the Lions from defending their 4A title? Led by All-American and UW-bound Courtney Schwan, they’re won 78 of 79 total sets.

 

CONTENDERS

 

Kentwood Conquerors

The Conks want another shot at Bellarmine, which topped Kentwood in last week’s West Central/Southwest bi-district title match in straight sets.

 

Emerald Ridge Jaguars

A year older, the junior trio of Jenna Mullen, Tristyn Smith and Isabella Zubrod are ready to make a statement.

 

Newport (Bellevue) Knights

At 6-foot-4, WSU-bound Casey Schoenlein is a rare combination of size and athleticism as an outside hitter.

 

CHALLENGERS

 

Mead Panthers

The Judy Kight era might is over, but the Panthers aren’t ready to give up that they’re still among the 4A’s elite. It’s state trip No. 15 in a row and 24th overall.

 

Snohomish Panthers

How far can senior outside hitter and AVCA All-American Lanesha Reagan (Oregon State commit) take the league and district champions?

 

MIGHT SURPRISE

 

Curtis Vikings

An up-and-down season, ranked as high as No. 3 in coaches poll, Vikings went 3-1 at bi-district, only losing to Bellarmine Prep in semifinals.

 

Camas Papermakers

Papermakers were battle-tested at bi-district, but eager to bring home a state trophy for the fourth time in five years.

 

Rogers (Puyallup) Rams

Reached state by surviving two loser-out bi-district matches.

 

Central Valley Bears

Bears had no state history prior to 2011, and how it’s the program’s second trip in three years. Team is loaded with hard-hitting juniors and sophomores.

 

Skyline Spartans

Lost hard-fought five-setter to Newport (Bellevue) in KingCo title match.

 

Eisenhower Cadets

Rewarded for winning the Columbia Basin/Big Nine district title? A hungry Curtis team ranked in the top 10 state rankings most of the year.

 

LONG SHOTS

 

Wenatchee Panthers

Rallied from 2-0 deficit to win winner-to-state match -- including 17-15 fifth-set -- at District 6 tournament.

 

Mount Vernon Bulldogs

The Bulldogs’ glory years in volleyball was from 1980 through ‘97 when they made 11 state tournaments appearances.

 

Spanaway Lake Sentinels

First time back at state since 2003.

 

Bothell Cougars
Cougars have a 6-28 record at state since ‘85.

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