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.