Edmonds CC volleyball seeks second straight NWAC trophy

The Tritons are the North Region’s No. 2 seed for the NWAC tournament, which begins Thursday in Tacoma.

The Edmonds Community College volleyball team is seeking another trophy.

The 2019 Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship begins Thursday at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and the Tritons are one of 16 teams bidding for the tournament’s four trophies. Last year Edmonds took fourth place to claim its first trophy since 2008.

Edmonds, the No. 2 seed from the North Region, opens the double-elimination tournament against South No. 3 Linn-Benton at 2 p.m. Thursday. Linn-Benton won both times the teams met during the regular season, prevailing 3-2 on Sept. 4 in Albany, Oregon, and 2-0 on Sept. 7 in Bellevue. But on both occasions the Tritons were without top setter Haylee Hooper.

Here’s a capsule look at the Tritons:

Edmonds Tritons

Coach: Tony Miranda

Record: 27-12

Seed: North No. 2

NWAC rank: Unranked

Streak: Won five, including a 3-0 sweep of North champion Whatcom in its season finale

Top players:

Sophomore outside hitter Sadie Gardner from Vernal, Utah, the team leader in kills (313) and digs (225)

Freshman middle blocker Danika Brown from Anchorage, Alaska, second on the team in kills (166) and first in blocks (88)

Sophomore setter Haylee Hooper from Auburn, the team’s No. 1 setter

First-round opponent: South No. 3 Linn-Benton (27-10, unranked)

Tournament favorites: East No. 1 North Idaho (27-3), West No. 1 Pierce (33-2), East No. 2 Spokane (31-2)

Bracket: Can be found at nwacsports.org

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