The Kent Classic Invitational tournament has always featured top teams from Washington and Oregon over the years – some excellent high school programs represented (including state powerhouse MEAD from Spokane and nationally ranked Central Catholic from Oregon). In just our second year invited to this tournament Beamer has made some nice strides toward becoming a rising high school volleyball program. We surprised many by taking 1st in our morning pool over Eastside Catholic (2011’s WIAA 3A State Runner Up) and Garfield. We found ourselves among some of the highly-ranked high school programs in Washington. Although we didn’t win any more games in the afternoon pool or in the Bronze Division Bracket, we did walk away with the experience of being in the company of some very-good state-bound teams and an idea of what it would look like if we got there. We came into the tournament seeded #27 out of 35 teams and finished 13th! Which is a great finish for our relatively young and rising volleyball program. A positive step in the right direction at this highly competitive tournament!