Here are previews of the 2011 state volleyball tournaments by Mid-Columbia schools:
Kennewick Lions vs. Camas Papermakers
8 a.m. Friday, Saint Martin's University, Lacey
Coaches: Kennewick, Julie Maciboba; Camas, Julie Nidick
How they qualified: Kennewick, finished third in Eastern Washington Regional Tournament. Camas, won West Central/South-west bi-district tournament
Last state appearance: Kennewick, 2010 (did not place); Camas, 2010 (fifth place)
Key players: Kennewick, Meghan McIntyre, sr., outside
hitter; Torie Szendre, sr., middle; Maddie Zinsli, jr., setter. Camas, Brindl Langley, jr., outside hitter; Joy Richter, sr., defensive specialist; Sydney Schwartz, sr., middle.
Notable: Lions are making second trip to state in a row and second in program history. They won a match last year but did not place. ... Maciboba is excited the tournament was moved to the west side. She figures it will help her team focus. ... The Paper-makers beat three top-10 teams for the district title, including
No. 4 Prairie, No. 5 Auburn Mountainview and No. 9 Capital.
Hermiston Bulldogs vs. West Albany Bulldogs
3:15 p.m. Friday, Liberty HS, Hillsboro
Coaches: Hermiston, Becky Wadekamper; West Albany, Kelli Backer
How they qualified: Hermiston, defeated Wilson in three in first round; West Albany, defeated St. Helens in three in first round
Last state appearance: Hermiston, 2010 (lost first round); West Albany, 2010 (third place)