Clark County volleyball teams begin playoff competition this week

Eleven Clark County teams hit the district volleyball trail this week as they attempt to earn state tournament berths.

Here’s a rundown.

Class 4A

Camas won the Greater St. Helens League and earned the league’s top seed in the bi-district tournament Friday and Saturday at Kentwood High School. Joining the Papermakers are No. 2 seed Union and No. 3 seed Skyview.

The 19-team tournament runs through Saturday night, with the top eight teams advancing to the 4A state tournament, Nov. 11-12 in Kennewick.

Here it the bi-district tournament bracket.

None of the three teams made state last year. Camas took fifth in 2014, while Union is looking for its first state appearance since 2012, and Skyview 2010.

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Camas won the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League volleyball title this season. Junior Courtney Clemmer (15) shows off her spiking skills during a recent Papermakers’ match. Camas will open the bi-district tournament Friday at Kentwood High School. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin

Class 3A

Prairie heads a group of four GSHL teams playing in the 3A bi-district tournament Friday and Saturday at Yelm High School.

The GSHL champion Falcons landed a No. 1 seed, while Kelso is No. 2, Mountain View No. 3 and Hudson’s Bay No. 4. They’re among 16 teams in the tournament at Yelm, where the top five teams will earn a state tournament berth. Like 4A, the Class 3A state tourney is Nov. 11-12 in Kennewick.

Here it the bi-district tournament bracket.

Prairie is looking for its sixth consecutive state tournament appearance. Last year, the Falcons were winless in two state matches. The Falcons won the 2012 state championship.

Mountain View and Hudson’s Bay are looking to end long state tournament droughts. The Thunder last appeared at state in 1993, while for Hudson’s Bay, it was 1992.

Class 2A

A district tournament made up of the top four teams from the Greater St. Helens and Evergreen leagues takes place Thursday through Saturday at Woodland high school and middle school.

The top three placewinners advance to state Nov. 11-12 at St. Martins.

Ridgefield won the GSHL title, edging out runner-up Columbia River. Also in the district field from Clark County is No. 4 seed Hockinson.

Thursday’s opening round of games are Ridgefield vs. W.F. West, Columbia River vs. Centralia, Woodland vs. Black Hills and Hockinson vs. Tumwater.

Here it the district tournament bracket.

The Spudders hope to qualify for their fourth consecutive state tournament, where they placed third a year ago. Columbia River is looking for its first-ever 2A state tournament berth, after a recent run of success in 3A. The Chieftains finished 2-3-4 in the past three 3A state tournaments, taking second last year after losing to Kennedy in the state final.

Hockinson’s last played at state in 2009.

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Ridgefield won the Class 2A Greater St. Helens League volleyball championship this season. The Spudders will open play at the district tournament Thursday vs. W.F. West at Woodland. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools

Class 1A

Trico champion La Center and King’s Way are Clark County’s entrants in the Trico-Evergreen district tournament Wednesday through Saturday, with games at various sites throughout District IV.

The top-seeded Wildcats open against Elma on Wednesday at Castle Rock HS, while No. 3 seed King’s Way takes on Hoquiam at Castle Rock Middle School. Both are 5:30 p.m. games.

Here it the district tournament bracket.

The top three teams from district advance to state Nov. 11-12 at Yakima. La Center most recently competed at state in 2014, while King’s Way has qualified for state the past two years, placing eighth in 2014.

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Nick Daschel is a veteran journalist who has covered Clark County sports and news, as well as Oregon for nearly four decades. Nick, a graduate of Oregon State and lives in Vancouver, has worked as a reporter for many media outlets, including The Oregonian and The Columbian.

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