Sixteen Treasure Valley squads hit the road to northern Idaho for the state tournament. And after the first day, seven remain alive.
Skyview (4A) and Emmett (3A) went undefeated in the opening rounds and can finish no worse than third. Centennial (5A), Kuna (4A), Weiser (3A), Cole Valley Christian (2A) and Horseshoe Bend (1A Division I) are still in the title hunt, but all five have one loss in the double-elimination tournament.
Out of five SIC representatives at state, only Centennial survived the first day and guaranteed themselves a trophy. The Patriots face Coeur d’Alene at 9 a.m. Saturday at Post Falls High. The loser finishes fourth while the winner keeps advancing.
Centennial dropped its tournament opener to Idaho Falls, the defending state champ, in four games. But the Patriots rallied to topped Rocky Mountain in four before sweeping district champ Timberline 25-19, 25-23, 26-24 in an elimination match.
Vallivue and Timberline both finished one win shy of a trophy. Eagle and Rocky Mountain went two-and-out at the tournament.
Skyview swept Canyon Ridge and Preston to roll into the semifinals, where they will face five-time defending champ Century.
Annie Anderson led the Hawks with eight kills and nine digs in the opening round against Canyon Ridge. Anderson added 11 kills and two aces against Preston in the second round.
“She was just moving the ball around,” Skyview coach Kevin Murphy said of Anderson. “She played smart. She saw the holes in the block, went around it, through it. She was dialed in.”
Middleton (12-6) went two-and-out despite 22 kills from Marissa Hilliard on the day.
Emmett needed five sets to top Kimberly in the first round before sweeping Snake River in the second round to punch its ticket to the semifinals.
The Huskies are guaranteed their first trophy since 2002, when they finished fourth at the 4A level.