Districts await three area volleyball teams

The world of kills, digs and assists continues in earnest this week, with three local high school volleyball programs competing in postseason tournaments.

The world of kills, digs and assists continues in earnest this week, with three local high school volleyball programs competing in postseason tournaments.

WHITE RIVER

The powerful crew from Buckley enters postseason play with a perfect record on the line. The Hornets finished South Puget Sound League 2A action with a spotless 14-0 mark and went 15-0 for the regular season.

This week’s district tourney will be played at Franklin Pierce High School and will send five teams to the state 2A tournament at St. Martin’s University.

White River begins district play at 8:30 p.m. Friday, taking on either Sequim or Steilacoom. The winner is assured a state berth, while the loser would have to win twice on Saturday to advance.

The Hornets took the SPSL’s No. 1 seed to district with a Saturday win over Orting in the league tournament. White River won 3-0, whipping the Cardinals 25-7, 25-12, 25-8.

ENUMCLAW

A dozen teams gathered Saturday at Auburn High School, sorting out the North Puget Sound League’s 10 berths into the upcoming West Central District tournament.

Jackie Carel’s Enumclaw High team made the cut and enters as the No. 7 squad from the NPSL. The Hornets’ first WCD game is set for 1:45 p.m. Friday against the Camas Papermakers and Kentwood High School. A victory would send Enumclaw to a 5:30 match against the Kent-Meridian/Curtis winner; an Enumclaw loss would mean a 5:30 match against the Kent-Meridian/Curtis loser.

Enumclaw certainly didn’t make things easy at the NPSL tourney, starting with a 3-0 loss to Kent-Meridian. Facing elimination, the Hornets battled Federal Way and took things to a fifth game, where EHS prevailed 16-14.

BONNEY LAKE

The Panthers, fresh off a Pierce County League 3A championship, now prepare for the rigors of district competition.

Bonney Lake opens the 16-team West Central/Southwest District tourney Thursday, hoping to nab one of the district’s six berths into the Class 3A state tournament. The two-day tournament will be hosted by Yelm High School.

Bonney Lake begins district play at 5:30 p.m. against the No. 6 entry from the South Sound Conference. A loss would bring another Thursday game, that one at 7:30 p.m. An opening victory would put the Panthers into a game at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Bonney Lake headed to district competition after winning the Pierce County League with an 11-3 record.

SUMNER

The Spartans hosted Saturday’s South Puget Sound League 4A tournament, but the home-court advantage wasn’t enough to keep Sumner’s season alive.

With two tourney losses, Sumner was eliminated and saw its season come to an end. The Spartans opened with a 3-0 loss to Curtis High and wrapped this up with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Bellarmine Prep Lions.

Sumner finished the season with a 5-11 record.

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