Spokane Sasquatch sweep Pierce to claim tenth NWAC Championship

Spokane poses with championship hardware

By Tyler Urke for NWAC

Nov. 24, 2019 – Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Spokane 3, Pierce 0 Box Score | Photos | Bracket

TACOMA – For the second year in a row, the Spokane Community College volleyball team was dominant en route to a Northwest Athletic Conference title.

Not quite as dominant as an unbeaten season from a year ago, but the winningest team in NWAC volleyball tournament history kept winning, defeating Pierce College in straight sets.

"To be honest, we played better than ever," Spokane head coach Jenni Hull said. "We were hoping to peak at this tournament."

After a back and forth start to the first set, Spokane used a six-point run to pull away and win the set 25-19. Two aces by sophomore libero Alleana Gallagher were the key to the run.

Once trailing 16-10 in the second set, Spokane used another six-point run to pull ahead 22-19. The Sasquatch went on to win the second set 25-23.

The Sasquatch put it all together in the third set. Spokane led by as many as 10 points and came away with a 25-14 set win and another NWAC title. It's the tenth title in school history.

Hull praised her sophomore setter Lindsey Russell, who took home both tournament MVP and Baden NWAC Player of the Year Awards.

"It's unbelievable, I really have no words for it," Russell said. "We worked so hard to come out and beat amazing teams. We needed to have heart and our chemistry was amazing."

Russell said she couldn't have won her awards without the help of her teammates.

Hull credited Pierce for challenging her team and forcing the Sasquatch to dig some of the strongest hitters they'd faced all season.

"We are privileged to be able to play such a  strong team," Hull said. "I was 100 percent hoping that we would play Pierce in this final."

After the match, Hull said she and her team were looking forward to celebrating their victory in unique fashion.

"When you win a championship, it is the most fun bus ride back to Spokane that you can ever have," Hull said.

All-Tournament Team
MVP - Lindsey Russell, Spokane

First Team
McKenna Russell, Spokane
Akon Aleu, Spokane
Kava Durr, Pierce
Hattey Smith, Pierce
Cassidy Herbert, Lane
Kate Pestova, Tacoma

Second Team
Alleana Gallagher, Spokane
Corinne Ongley, Pierce
Sophie Johnson, Lane
Bailey Spurgeon, Tacoma
Paia Togagae, Rogue
Anela Navor, Treasure Valley

Game Graphic with final score and team celebrating post game