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Mead, Shadle, U-Hi tie for volleyball crown

Mead, Shadle Park and University all swept their matches Tuesday night to create the first three-way championship in Greater Spokane League volleyball history.

Mead, Shadle and U-Hi finished 8-1 in league. The tie occurred because Mead defeated U-Hi, Shadle beat Mead and U-Hi topped Shadle.

Mead won its 10th title in the last 14 years; Shadle captured its 11th championship but its first in 20 years; and U-Hi won a second title to go with the one from 2004.

The GSL now splits into 4A and 3A postseason play, starting Saturday.

Mead will host the District 8 4A tournament and play No. 2 Central Valley at noon for the title and a regional berth. Gonzaga Prep and Lewis and Clark will play a loser-out match at 2 p.m. The winner will meet the Mead/CV loser at 4 for the other regional berth.

Top-seeded U-Hi and No. 2 Shadle will host 3A regional loser-out openers, although Shadle will move to Rogers because its gym is unavailable. U-Hi will play Sunnyside or Hanford, which meet in a loser-out on Thursday. U-Hi gave a tentative time of 4 p.m. Shadle will play Kennewick at 2 p.m. No. 3 Mt. Spokane will travel to Kamiakin and No. 4 Rogers will be at Southridge.

Hannah Absalonson had 15 assists, Kellie Egan nine kills and Payton Douglass 26 digs as Mead swept visiting Ferris (2-7).

Sydney Schlect had 17 kills and Sarah Carpenter added 10 digs and three aces in University’s sweep at North Central (0-9).

Amanda Konynenbelt had six kills and 14 assists, and Maggie Jarvis added six kills and three blocks in Shadle’s sweep at Lewis and Clark (3-6). SP freshman Josie Walser had 14 assists and 12 digs.

Kazlyn Roullier had seven kills and Natalie Ford 14 digs to lead Central Valley (6-3) to a 3-0 sweep over G-Prep (4-5).

Libby Pittenger had six kills and Paiton Larson added 19 assists as Mt. Spokane (5-4) posted a 3-0 sweep over Rogers (1-8).

Great Northern League: East Valley and Pullman swept their final league matches to tie for the league championship at 9-3. EV and Pullman split during the regular season. EV will be the top seed to the District 7 2A tournament, as determined by a preseason draw. Both teams have first-round byes and will host district openers next Wednesday. The final league match is Saturday, with Colville (7-4) at Clarkston (5-6). Colville can tie Cheney (8-4) for third place, but Cheney reportedly won the preseason draw and will get the No. 3 district seed. The No. 3 opens at 5 p.m. at Pullman against No. 6 Deer Park (3-9). The No. 4 opens at 5 p.m. at EV against No. 5 Clarkston. Jordan Phelan had 13 kills and Brooklyn Juris 34 assists in EV’s win at Clarkston. Melissa Langerveld had 10 kills, Jolene Herzog 17 assists and Alex Shirley 11 digs in Pullman’s home win over West Valley (0-12). Ashley Seiler had 19 kills and Kinsey Pease 32 assists in Cheney’s sweep at Deer Park.

District 7 1A: Top-seeded Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) and No. 2 Freeman both won to qualify for regionals and advance to Saturday’s championship match. Lexi Watkins and Lexi Clark had 14 kills apiece, and Sydney Johnson had 40 assists as host Lakeside topped fourth-seeded Riverside 3-1. Kaela Straw had 18 kills, Brooke Riddle 27 assists and Katie Vold nine digs as host Freeman swept third-seeded Newport 3-0. Earlier at Freeman, Hadley Stratton had nine kills and four aces as Newport eliminated sixth-seeded Kettle Falls with a 3-0 sweep. Earlier at Nine Mile Falls, Sydney Spray had nine kills and nine digs, and Nina Abdanur added 10 assists and three aces as Riverside eliminated fifth-seeded Medical Lake 3-0. Freeman and Lakeside will play for the top two seeds to regional at 1 p.m. Saturday at Freeman. Newport will meet Riverside after the championship match for the third and final seed to regional.