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State volleyball: Led by top-seeded Oakesdale, small schools take to the court in Yakima this week

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 10, 2021

The 1A, 2B and 1B state volleyball tournaments take place at the Yakima Valley SunDome this week, with the Bs competing Thursday-Friday and 1A playing Friday-Saturday.

1A

Northeast A League regular-season champion Lakeside (17-2) earned the seventh seed to state and faces No. 10 seed College Place on Friday. If the Eagles win, they would face either No. 2 Chelan or No. 15 King’s Way Christian in a quarterfinal that day.

NEA tournament winner Freeman (15-3) is the No. 8 seed and faces No. 9 South Whidbey on Friday. The winner faces either No. 1 Overlake or No. 16 Lynden Christian in a quarterfinal.

2B

Three teams from the Northeast 2B league reached Yakima.

League champ Colfax (17-0) is seeded No. 2 and faces 15th-seeded Wahkiakum in a first-round match on Thursday.

The other match to feed into that quarterfinal features No. 10 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (9-5), the NE 2B runner-up, against seventh-seeded Raymond.

Liberty (10-6) reached state by winning the district third-place match and was awarded the No. 13 seed.

The Lancers face fourth-seeded Goldendale in a first-round match.

1B

Oakesdale (20-0) has been the dominant force in Class 1B volleyball over the past decade, winning seven of the past nine state championships, with a second-place finish in 2019.

The Southeast 1B champ Nighthawks are the No. 1 seed to the 20-team bracket and face the winner of No. 16 Darrington and No. 17 Evergreen Lutheran in a round-of-16 match Thursday.

No. 3 St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse (16-4), the SE 1B runner-up, also awaits a winner of a play-in match for its first-round opponent.

Fourth-seeded Odessa (22-5), which won the Northeast 1B championship, faces the winner of a play-in match between No. 13 Republic (13-3) and No. 20 Wilson Creek.

No. 6 Wilbur-Creston-Keller (10-7) faces No. 11 Grace Academy and No. 7 Springdale (20-5) plays No. 10 Crosspoint in first-round matches.

Quarterfinals in 2B and 1B will be played Thursday afternoon and evening.

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