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Spokane wins 2009 NWAACC Volleyball Championship

Gresham, OR -- The Spokane Sasquatch entered the 2009 NWAACC Volleyball Championship as a dark horse contender to win it all. The Sasquatch used a combination of strong defense, good hitting and lots of hustle to earn the school's eighth NWAACC Volleyball Championship.

Spokane earned their way into the championship game by beating Mt Hood in the winner's bracket semifinal in a thrilling five game match, which was the first between the two teams this season.

After defeating Blue Mountain in a hard fought three-game match in the one-lost side of the bracket, the Saints faced Spokane again for the championship.

In the first set of the title match, Spokane jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and kept the pressure on, eventually winning the set 25-11. Spokane's Nicole Graybeal set the tone for recording six kills with only one error in ten attempts.

The Sasquatch defense also held the normally potent Saints' offense to .000 hitting percentage by recording three blocks and 24 digs.

Mt Hood regained some composure in the second set and won 25-21, tying the match one game apiece. However, any momentum the Saints gained from winning set two was quickly snatched away by Spokane in the third set. The Sasquatch jumped out to a 6-1 lead and kept the pressure on to win the set 25-14.

Spokane continued the momentum in the fourth to win the set 25-20 and thus sealing their 2009 NWAACC Championship.

Spokane's Graybeal led all hitters with 18 kills. As a team the Sasquatch hit .251 for the match. Spokane's defense recorded 11 team blocks. Graybeal recording four solo and six assisted blocks. Kelsey Kurtz (Spokane) had 49 assists.

Mt Hood (33-11) finishes second in the tournament for first-year head coach Chelsie Freeman. Spokane (33-12) won its eighth championship and first for head coach Jenni Rosselli. Their last championship was in 2003.

All-Tournament Team Most Valuable Player Nicole Graybeal, Spokane All-Tournament Coach Dave Baty Blue Mountain First Team Beth Altena, Spokane Alisha Crane, Blue Mountain Kealey Johnston, Spokane Kelsey Kurtz, Spokane Esmerelda Orozco, Mt Hood Kyra Speer, Mt Hood Second Team Briana Claassen, Blue Mountain Tabbie Smith, Chemeketa Savannah Feist, Bellevue Kristen Garlie, Blue Mountain Jazmine Orozco, Mt Hood Liz Williams, Mt Hood

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