Bellevue College volleyball capped off an amazing season by taking down North Idaho in four sets to earn the third-place trophy at the NWAC Championships hosted by Pierce College.
Bellevue controlled the front of the net as they recorded seven blocks on the match while only allowed two to North Idaho. North Region MVP Marin Mackey was strong on the attack once again with 18 kills and 24 digs. Meg Perry led the team with five blocks, adding seven kills and Kate Hansen had 22 digs.
In the semi-finals on Saturday, Bellevue fell in four sets to eventual champion Linn-Benton (25-18, 22-25, 25-16, 25-15).
In set one, Bellevue played a solid set and were first to reach 15 points leading 15-12. After the media timeout, the Roadrunners came roaring back and scored 13 of the final 16 points to take the set 25-18.
The second set was the opposite of the first as Linn-Benton pulled out ahead and looked on their way to taking a 2-0 lead in the match. Trailing 19-14, the Bulldogs scored 11 of the final 14 points to snag set two 25-22, the first set dropped by the Roadrunners since Oct. 19.
Despite the win to take momentum for the Bulldogs, the Roadrunners proved how they entered with a 32-1 record by winning the final two sets convincingly by scores of 25-16 and 25-15.
Mackey led the Bulldogs with 10 kills and 13 digs. Hansen had 17 digs. AJ Gueller had seven kills and four total blocks.
BC opened up the tourney on Friday with a win over Lane (27-25, 27-25, 25-20) in the opening match of the NWAC Championship. Despite the sweep, it was a close match overall as the first two sets were decided by just two points each.
In the opening set, Lane led 24-20 needing just one point to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Bellevue came roaring back, taking four straight points to tie the score. Lane answered with a point of their own to once again have set point, but the Bulldogs scored three-straight points to take the set.
In set two, the Titans once again had set point leading 24-23. The Bulldogs never quit, however, and earned four out of the final five points to go up 2-0. The third set was once again a close one, with Bellevue leading 20-19. The Bulldogs finished the set and the match with five of the final six points to win 25-20.
Mackey led the Bulldogs with 16 kills on 39 attacks. She added 13 digs and a block assist. Makenna Mosher added 14 kills. Hansen posted 21 digs while Taylor Pederson and Lauren Wittmers each surpassed 20 assists.
Mackey was named to the all-tournament first team while Hansen was named to the second. The third place finish ties the team’s second best finish in program history after placing second in 2017.
Last Updated November 20, 2022