Volleyball: Local teams in search of state berths

Volleyball teams from Kitsap will be heading to their respective district tournaments this week, vying for a trip to state tournaments and those oh-so-heralded trophies. Let’s take a look at...

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Volleyball teams from Kitsap will be heading to their respective district tournaments this week, vying for a trip to state tournaments and those oh-so-heralded trophies.

Let’s take a look at our two 3A teams, Central Kitsap and Bainbridge. The Cougars from Silverdale are the No. 5 seed from the South Sound Conference and will face the No. 2 seed from the Pierce County League in the first round of the West Central/Southwest District in Yelm. That match starts Friday at 3:30 p.m. A loss sends the Cougars into a loser-out match at 7:30 p.m., while a win puts them into Saturday’s 9 a.m. game and a chance to keep playing for one of six berths to state.

Bainbridge is in the Sea-King District 2 tourney. The Spartans, who earned the No. 7 seed last week from the Metro League tournament, will face rival Holy Names Academy in their first game Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Sammamish High. That is a loser-out match. A win would put the Spartans into the 7:30 game against Mercer Island. There are five spots to state from the Sea-King.

The 2A tournament,¬†which begins Friday at Franklin Pierce, includes most of Kitsap’s teams from the Olympic League. There are five berths available to state.

North Kitsap is the league’s No. 1 and has a first-round bye. The Vikings play at 7 p.m. against the winner of the Washington/Franklin Pierce match.

No. 2 seed Kingston takes on Highline at 3:30 p.m. A win will pit the Buccaneers against Orting in a 7 p.m. tilt. A loss and the Bucs will head back to Franklin Pierce for a loser-out match Saturday at noon.

The third-seeded Bremerton Knights take on River Ridge at 5:15 p.m. Bremerton is in the same boat as Kingston, needing a first-round win to stay out of the losers bracket. The Knights play at 8:30 p.m. against Fife if they win, or in a 10:30 a.m. Saturday loser-out match.

Klahowya earned the No. 2 seed from the 1A Olympic League and will host a West Central District game Thursday at 6 p.m. versus Cascade Christian. There are three berths to state for 1A.

Our smallest school, Crosspoint Academy, will begin the Tri-District 2B tournament Tuesday with a home match against Friday Harbor at 2:30 p.m. I’ll be at that match and have a story/video here.

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