The Hanford Falcons rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit Saturday night to defeat the Kamiakin Braves 25-20, 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-8 in the championship match of the Columbia Basin 3A League district tournament at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland.
It is the Falcons' first district title since 1987 and gives them the league's top seed into next Saturday's Eastern Regionals at the Lions Den in Kennewick.
This was the fourth meeting between the teams this season, with Hanford improving to 3-1 against the Braves.
Southridge bounced back from a four-game loss to Hanford in the semifinals to sweep Kennewick in the third-place match. The Suns will play North Central in a first-round regional match.
The Lions then came back to grab the Columbia Basin League's final regional berth, sweeping the West Valley-Yakima Rams. Kennewick will open against Kamiakin in a first-round match.
Hanford and Greater Spokane League (GSL) 3A champion Mount Spokane receive first-round byes. The top two teams at regionals qualify for the State tournament on November 10th and 11th at the Toyota Center (Kennewick, WA).
Hanford Leaders--Brittany Quick 25x27 serving, 2 aces, 36 kills, 6 blocks, 5 digs; Stacey Stanhope 20x21 serving, 2 aces, 13 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Janelle King 21x24 serving, 5 aces, 16 kills, 4 blocks; Brittany Long 22x23 serving, 6 aces; Kristin Barott 41x45 serving, 12 aces, 13 kills, 72 assists, 1 block.
Kamiakin Leaders-- Emily Jepsen 37 kills, 20x25 serving, 7 aces, 10 blocks; Marcy Hjellum 21 kills, 13 digs; Elise Jepsen 10 kills; Stacey Smith 29x29 serving, 3 aces; Sarah McLean 32 assists; Jordan Reddinger 31 assists.
Southridge Leaders-- Lauren Williamson 7 kills, 60 assists, 16 digs, 3 blocks; Elizabeth Clark 18 kills, 3 blocks, Ashleigh Potts 16 kills, 6 blocks; Heather Worley 12 kills, 28 digs; Kelsie Butts 46 digs; Jenna Rutherford 21 digs.
Kennewick Leaders-- MacKenzie Johnson 18 kills, 3 aces, 37 digs; Alicia Cook 30 kills, 4 aces, 25 digs, 14 blocks; Megan DeLaRosa 41 assists, 32x34 serving, 5 aces; Emily Valerio 5 kills, 22x22 serving, 1 aces, 19 assists.