Stanwood's Mischa Kessler is blocked by Monroe's Campbell Barrow as Stanwood took on Monroe in a volleyball game on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Stanwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State volleyball Day 1: Lynnwood, Lake Stevens advance to semifinals

The Royals remain unbeaten and advance in the 3A tournament; The Vikings inch closer to a return trip to the title game in 4A.

YAKIMA — The Lynnwood and Lake Stevens volleyball teams’ championship hopes remain intact.

The Royals and Vikings each advanced to the semifinals of their respective state tournaments with a pair of victories Friday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Lynnwood, seeded second in the Class 3A tournament, survived a pair of five-set upset bids to kept its unbeaten run going. The Royals (22-0) outlasted 18th-seeded Central Kitsap 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-12 in the round of 16 and beat 10th-seeded Mt. Spokane 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13 to advance to a semifinal match against third-seeded Mead at noon Saturday. The winner advances to the title game at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Stevens reached the semifinals as the 1oth seed in the 4A tournament in its quest for a return trip to the title game. The Vikings (17-5) swept seventh-seeded Gonzaga Prep 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 in the first round and took down second-seeded Camas 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18 in the quarterfinals. Lake Stevens faces third-seeded Wenatchee in the semifinals 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner advances to the title game at 5:30 p.m.

Shorewood (19-4) picked up a win in the 3A tournament’s round of 16 before falling in the quarterfinals to Mead by scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-13. The 11th-seeded Stormrays swept sixth-seeded West Seattle 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 to reach the quarterfinals. Shorewood faces Mt. Spokane at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fifth/sixth-place bracket.

Glacier Peak (14-8) was sent home after two matches in the 4A tournament. The 14th-seeded Grizzlies dropped their first-round matchup 25-13, 25-8, 25-8 against third-seeded Wenatchee. GP then fell 15-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 to 11th-seeded West Valley (Yakima) in the seventh/eighth-place bracket.

Meadowdale and Shorecrest both had their tournament trips come to an abrupt end with losses in the 3A play-in round. The 14th-seeded Mavericks (14-7) were swept 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 by 19th-seeded Peninsula. The 13th-seeded Scots (16-6) fell 25-16, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23 against 20th-seeded Ferris.

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