Spokane caps perfect 40-0 season with ninth volleyball title
By Hailey Palmer for NWAC
Nov. 18, 2018 - Tacoma Convention Center
TACOMA -- The Spokane Community College volleyball team continued to do what it’s done all season long. Dominate.
The Sasquatch capped off a perfect 40-0 season defeating Highline College in straight sets to win the Northwest Athletic Conference title.
Sophomore middle blocker Joelle Mahowald said she didn’t have the words to describe the perfect season.
“It’s crazy,” Mahowald said. “This is just the icing on the cake. 40-0 is crazy.”
The Sasquatch were in control from the start, winning the first set by a score of 25-16, leading by as many as 11 points in the set.
Spokane’s command continued into the next set, with the Sasquatch running away with the second set by a score of 25-11.
The Sasquatch took the final set by a score of 25-15.
The win by Spokane gives the program its ninth conference championship.
Hull said part of the team game plan was to keep Highline guessing what they were going to do offensively.
“We were trying to distribute our balls so they didn’t know where we were going,” Spokane head coach Jenni Hull said. “We always have a game plan that’s pretty in depth, but our number one goal was to stop [Highline’s Adrienne Haggerty] and [Alicia Nguyen] on the outside.”
Mahowald, who was named tournament MVP, said they knew what to look for from Highline after defeating them the day before.
“We played them yesterday so we kind of knew their tendencies and who their big hitters were,” Mahowald said. “We just took those into play and made sure we paid attention to those things.”
Mahowald led the team with 14 kills in the championship match.
“I think [my performance] reflects best on this team,” Mahowald said. “I couldn’t do that without them, and with their support, I’m able to do those kinds of things.”
The last team to go undefeated and win the NWAC title was Chemeketa in 2008.
“It was an unbelievable year with a great group of athletes who worked really hard and are unbelievably skilled,” Hull said.
Hull was named NWAC Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Joelle Mahowald, Spokane
Lindsey Russell, Spokane,
Alisha Straw, Spokane
Mahie Kaawa, Highline
Adrienne Haggerty, Highline
Jocelyn Hillyer, Pierce
Michelle Dmitruk, Edmonds
Brooklyn Rainer, Spokane
Alicia Nguyen, Highline
Hattey Smith, Pierce
Sadie Gardner, Edmonds
Kayla Neumann, North Idaho
Megan Miller, Lower Columbia
Coach of the Year Jenni Hull with MVP Joelle Mahowald