A second event was scheduled at St. Martin’s, forcing the state activities association to change locations

A United States Naturalization Ceremony the same weekend as the state 2A volleyball tournament forced the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to change venues 10 days prior to the penultimate high school tournament.

The WIAA announced the change of venues from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey to Nicholson Pavilion Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Nov. 15-16, in a press release on Monday.

Kingston, North Mason and North Kitsap are all potential teams that could be playing at state.

WIAA Sports and Acitivies Information Director Casey Johnson said Tuesday the organizers of the naturalization ceremony were unable to change locations or dates.

“We do not have multi-year contracts with Saint Martin’s because the university needs to work with its conference to schedule dates on a yearly basis,” Johnson said. “Therefore we reserve the facility year-to-year.”

Monday’s WIAA press release announcing the change said the move to CWU was chosen in an attempt to limit the amount of missed class time for students participating in the state championships and to provide the best opportunity for parents and family to attend the event outside of the traditional work week.

Johnson said with many of the state tournament dates moved back almost a week this year, just by how the calendar falls, “the contract for the facility this year had a mix-up in the reserved dates for our event.

“Saint Martin’s has the ability to book events outside of WIAA events and the error in dates was found at our pre-tournament meeting with Saint Martin’s staff.”

The tournament schedule was adjusted as there will be two courts used at CWU instead of the scheduled three courts. Friday’s matches begin at 8 a.m. Saturday’s matches begin at 9 a.m. with the trophy rounds scheduled for 3 p.m. The state championship final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The 2A tournament was held at Pierce College from 2012-14 and at CWU in 1999-2000.

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