By BRAD VICTOR
STANWOOD – The Burlington-Edison Tigers beat the Monroe Bearcats 2-0 in the championship match to capture the Class 3A Northwest District title Saturday night at Stanwood High School.
Burlington-Edison swept Monroe 15-7, 15-6 and will move on to the state tournament as the district’s No. 1 seed. Monroe will represent the district as the second seed, and Lynnwood took third place to take the final spot to state. The Royals advanced by winning three consecutive elimination matches.
The tournament was full of exciting moments. One that stood out the most was the match that ended Stanwood’s season.
The Spartans came in as the No. 1 team from Wesco 3A and were playing on their home floor, but they fell short this time in three entertaining games to Lynden. In the third game, the teams battled back and forth going sideout 12 times on game point before Lynden won 15-11.
The biggest surprise of the tournament was Monroe. The Bearcats came in as the fourth-place team from Wesco 3A and didn’t let that bother them. Monroe (11-6) upset Lynden and Lake Stevens, but then fell to Burlington-Edison in the final.
“We played our tails off today and I’m proud of my girls, we are really excited about state and how we can do there as well” said Monroe’s coach Dawn Hanson.
Lynnwood (13-4) took third but it wasn’t easy. Lynden gave them a fight until the end losing to the Royals 15-11, 12-15, 15-12. Lynnwood senior Leanne Schmid had 18 kills in the match and 55 for the tournament. Schmid was dominant and very vocal, it seemed to help as her teammates fed off her energy especially senior setter Annalise Nash who set the table for Schmid, dishing out 33 assists in the match.
Lake Stevens (11-6) won its first match against Squalicum, 15-8, 15-11, and then dropped its next two matches to be eliminated.