From staff reports
YAKIMA – Two teams stand in the way of an all-Greater Spokane League state final.
Mead and Mt. Spokane both won two State 3A tournament matches on Thursday to reach Friday’s semifinals at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Second-seeded Mead (23-7), the defending state champion, swept 15th-seeded Kelso 25-20, 25-9, 27-25, before beating 10th-seeded Ferndale 25-9, 25-13, 25-17.
The Panthers advance to play 11th-seeded Bishop Blanchet at 2:15 p.m. for a spot in the championship game.
The Panthers’ lone GSL loss came against Mt. Spokane on Oct. 27.
If the two play a rematch, it will be for the state title.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats (19-4) swept 13th-seeded Seattle Prep 25-18, 25-18, 25-21, before handling fifth-seeded Bellevue 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20.
Mt. Spokane will face top-seeded Lakeside in the semifinals at 2:15 p.m. The championship is scheduled for 7:15 .
The Panthers and Wildcats met in last year’s state quarterfinals, which Mead won 3-1.
Mead and Mt. Spokane have combined for the past three 3A titles. The Wildcats won in 2018 and 2019.
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