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Weekend Crossover Tournament Recaps and All-Tournament Teams

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WALLA WALLA— This weekend’s East Region Crossover featured 3 top ranked teams along with some strong challengers. After a long day of bracket play consisting of 5 set matches and even a few upsets, Blue Mountain emerged victorious with wins over Lane and Walla Walla on their way to a 4-set win over 8th ranked Highline.

Sophia Casarez led the way for the Timberwolves securing MVP honors. Rainena Schenbeck Chang and Sydney Neuman also had all-tournament performances for Blue Mountain who improves to 13-4 on the year. Walla Walla topped Linn-Benton in the 3rd place match 3-1.

All-Tournament Team
MVP— Sophia Casarez, Blue Mountain
Rainena Schenbeck Chang, Blue Mountain
Sydney Neuman, Blue Mountain
Adrienne Haggerty, Highline
Alicia Nguyen, Highline
Abbey Schwager, Walla Walla
Grace Phillips, Linn-Benton

BELLEVUE— In the North, the returning NWAC runner-ups Bellevue looked to take on a strong field that included top ranked and undefeated Spokane who had only dropped 1 set in their last 12 matches. Spokane was able to continue their streak on the way to the title match with wins over Clackamas and Bellevue.

The Bulldogs worked their way back into the title match with a win over Wenatchee Valley in the losers bracket but came up just short in the 3rd set 17-15. MVP Alisha Straw, Joelle Mahowald and Lindsay Russell all had strong performances for Spokane (20-0).

All-Tournament Team
MVP - Alisha Straw, Spokane
Joelle Mahowld, Spokane
Lindsay Russell, Spokane
Jordan Hunter, Bellevue
Tia Lawrence, Bellevue
Madisyn Harrison, Wenatchee Valley

LONGVIEW— Lower Columbia played host out West to a competitive field of teams, all looking to make some noise. Fresh off their #2 ranking in the polls, North Idaho came within one set of dropping their first bracket play match to Skagit Valley but was able to come back for a 5-set win.

From there, the Cardinals were too much to handle. They took care of Lower Columbia in 4 sets and were able to sweep the 4th ranked Pierce Raiders who were without their starting setter in the final match (illness). North Idaho finishes the weekend at 13-6 while Pierce drops to 17-4.

All-Tournament Team
Sydney Bybee- North Idaho
Chelsea Taylor- North Idaho
Hattey Smith- Pierce
Jocelyn Hillyer- Pierce
Megan Miller- Lower Columbia
Macey Wright- Lower Columbia
Madison Becker- Umpqua
Taylor Lamb- Skagit Valley

GRESHAM— Finishing up the weekend in the Crossover action, Mt. Hood played host to the Southern Region tournament. After pool play, only Edmonds remained undefeated making it all the way to the championship game with a strong victory over the Clark Penguins.

Tacoma fought hard to make it to the championship match but it was not enough as Edmonds completed the weekend with a 3-0 victory. Michelle Dmitruk earned MVP honors for Edmonds along with Sadie Gardner, Haylee Hooper and Emalee Jordan who also earned all-tournament honors. Edmonds tops the North at 17-6. In the third place game, Clark avenged a previous loss to Treasure Valley winning 3-1.

All-Tournament Team
MVP- Michelle Dmitruk – Edmonds
Sadie Gardner – Edmonds
Haylee Hooper – Edmonds
Emalee Jordan- Edmonds
Katie Pestova – Tacoma
Bailey Spurgeon – Tacoma
Jorie Lincoln – Tacoma
Mary Schorn – Clark
Olivia White – Clark
Jessica Whiteley – Treasure Valley
Jaida Spendelow – Mt. Hood
Kaitlyn Roy – Columbia Basin

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