Bishop Blanchet defeated Mt. Spokane in the 3A state volleyball championship match.
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Bishop Blanchet, ranked No. 1 most of the season, captured its second State 3A championship in four years, stopping Mt. Spokane 15-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 at the Toyota Center.
It’s just the fourth time a Greater Spokane League team lost to a non-GSL school in a state title match.
The Wildcats played splendidly in the first set, but Blanchet, behind tournament most valuable player Summer Nash, took over from that point.
“In the first game we played our regular game,” Reid said. “And then she just took over. She was fun to watch. How do you serve like that? It was just beautiful.”
Once the Braves secured momentum,
“I’m disappointed for the kids to lose in the finals, but I’m not disappointed,” Reid said. “It was one of our goals to do something different, that we’ve never done before. We did.”
The Wildcats didn’t place the first year they qualified two years ago and they took seventh last year. They finished the season with just two losses – both to state champions (Mead and Blanchet).
In the first set,
Then it was if the Braves hit a switch. They opened a 12-1
lead in the second set and it appeared the Wildcats wouldn’t reach double
digits. A five-point run late in the set allowed
In the third set, the Wildcats tied the score seven times but were never able to take a lead.
The fourth set was much like the second in which the Braves never trailed as they opened a 7-1 lead.
A handful of times, the Wildcats were tentative, not sure who should take charge and hit the ball.
“They’re young kids. They were a little nervous,” Reid said. “I saw balls dropping that we’ve never seen ever.”
Afterward, Reid told his players to watch Blanchet celebrate. He wants his team to do the same next year.
“The bulk of our offense was sophomores and juniors,” Reid said.
Blanchet coach Matt Chang was impressed with the Wildcats.
“They’re great,” Chang said. “It’s just unbelievable how young they are.
They’re going to be great for the next few years.”
Arnzen led the Wildcats with 14 kills.
The Wildcats were cruising along against Prairie, seemingly
on their way to a three-set win. The Falcons built a 15-9 lead in the third
Prairie ran off the final seven points to extend the match.
In the fourth set, the Wildcats again appeared poise to finish off the Falcons with a 20-15 lead. But moments later, Prairie scored eight unanswered to force the fifth set.
Arnzen had a match-high 20 kills. LeAnna Lloyd added 11 and Reid chipped in 28 assists and 12 digs.