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By Jeremy Burnham

Northeast 2B volleyball tournament begins next week

Lady Broncos set to take on Chewelah in opening round


Last updated 10/31/2019 at 12:27pm

The stage is set for the Northeast 2B volleyball championships. The league is made up of the top four seeds of the north and south divisions of the Northeast 2B Conference. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague finished with the South’s No. 3 seed and will face off against the North’s No. 2 seed, Chewelah, on Nov. 5 in Chewelah.

The complete seeding for the South are as follows: No. 1 Liberty, No. 2 Colfax, No. 3 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague and No. 4 Asotin.

In the North, the seedings are as follows: No.1 Northwest Christain, No. 2 Chewelah, No. 3 Wilbur-Creston and No. 4 Mary Walker.

The top four teams from the tournament will qualify for the state championship tournament. The format is double-elimination and will see teams who lose in either of the first two rounds stay alive and compete for third and fourth place.

The first round games will all be hosted by the higher seed. After that, all of the games will be played at Liberty High School.

Since each team will be playing in the first round against teams from the opposite side of the district, the teams will not be very familiar with each other. This is certainly the case for LRS and Chewelah, who have not played each other this year. LRS head coach Cari Galbreath said that adds an additional challenge in the preparation stage.

“I’m trying to get some info on them,” Galbreath said. “But not knowing anything about them, I am just trying to focus on solidifying what we can do well on our side.”

Galbreath says success in the tournament will come down to limiting mistakes.

“We make a lot of unforced errors,” Galbreath said. “If we can clean that up and play a cleaner game, we can win some first and second sets more often. More things will happen for us.”

If the Broncos beat Chewelah, they will play the winner of the Liberty vs. Mary Walker match. Should they lose to Chewelah, they will play the loser of that match. However, Galbreath says she’s not even thinking about advancing through the consolation bracket right now.

“I fully plan on beating Chewelah,” she said.

The match is Tuesday at 6 p.m.


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