Burlington-Edison and Tumwater high schools share a large overlapping slice of recent state volleyball tournament history.
Tumwater has two Class 2A state championships on its ledger — most recently in 2014 — but if any team could be called a state nemesis, it would be Burlington-Edison.
The Tigers’ title in 2011 was earned with a win over Tumwater in the championship game.
The teams’ stars crossed again Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2A state tournament at Saint Martin’s University — the same round where, last year, Burlington-Edison bumped off Tumwater, looking for a second consecutive title, in five sets on the way to its own state championship. Tumwater won out from there to claim a fifth-place trophy.
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In 2016 — same teams, same round, but far different results.
Top-ranked Tumwater was mostly dominant in a straight-sets victory over Burlington-Edison, winning handily in the first set, 25-8, then holding off a Tigers surge in the second, for a 25-21 win.
In the third, Burlington-Edison was serving at game point at 24-23, and led again at 26-25, before Tumwater’s junior outside hitter Kennedy Croft registered three straight kills for a 28-26 victory — set and match.
Tumwater (20-0) moves on to meet Archbishop Murphy (21-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The Wildcats defeated Sequim and Ellensburg Friday.
Croft said the T-Birds had vowed all week they would not let last year’s Burlington-Edison result happen again.
“It felt really good getting them in three,” said Croft, who notched 16 kills, two aces and 14 digs.
Senior setter Maddy Pilon had 36 assists and 22 digs for Tumwater.
Tumwater opened the tournament with a straight-sets victory over Pullman by scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-18.
Pilon amassed 28 assists and shared the team lead with nine digs with Croft, and senior libero Cristina Hegarty. Croft also had four aces, and took her usual place atop the kill list with 25.
“I don’t think we had an amazing game,” Pilon said of the victory over Pullman. “We can always do better.”
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Capital 3, Bellevue 2: The last 3A quarterfinal matchup of the night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick didn’t begin until just before 10 p.m. on Friday, and it didn’t end until nearly midnight.
When Saturday began, it was the Cougars that outlasted the Wolverines in a five-set thriller to advance to a 1 p.m. semifinal matchup against Lakeside of Seattle.
After losing the first set, 25-22, Capital rallied for back-to-back wins in the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-22. Bellevue evened it again with a 25-21 win in the fourth set, but the Cougars clinched the decisive fifth set, 16-14.
Capital won in straight sets against Holy Names Academy (26-24, 25-21, 25-23) in the first round on Friday afternoon.
Lakeside (Seattle) 3, Timberline 0: New Mexico State commit Julianna Salanoa and the Blazers won’t get a crack at a state championship, but don’t expect that disappointment to diminish the their drive — or attention to detail.
Timberline will bring a comprehensive to-do list with it on Saturday, Salanoa’s final hurrah in a Blazers uniform.
“I think we can learn from this,” Salanoa said, after Timberline fell to Lakeside 25-12, 25-19, 25-18 in the quarterfinals.
“Our serve-receive, our defense, our passing, staying focused, (making) less unforced errors, having high energy. ... This game showed us what we need to work on.”
The Blazers’ attack just couldn’t get untracked. Salanoa had 11 kills, five blocks, nine digs and an ace. Kasey Louis added six kills and 10 digs, while setter Natalie Stark had 24 assists.
Timberline was making its first state appearance in three years, and announced its return with gusto, sweeping Shorewood (25-21, 25-18, 25-12) earlier on Friday.
“We’ll fight no matter what and finish strong,” Salanoa said. “Whatever place we take is strong, as long as we stay together.”
Timberline will play Bellevue in a loser-out consolation match at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
North Thurston 3, Roosevelt 2: North Thurston won a five-set consolation thriller over Roosevelt, and will play Ferndale at 11 a.m. Saturday in a loser-out, consolation semifinal.
The Rams traded sets back-and-forth with Roosevelt (18-25, 25-29, 20-25, 25-19) before eventually winning the final set, 15-9.
North Thurston lost in the first round on Friday afternoon to Mount Spokane — which has not lost since early October — in straight sets (25-13, 25-22, 25-10).
Contributing writer Ben Zimmerman and staff writer Lauren Smith contributed to this report.