Northwest Challenge, 2014

Element hosted a tournament in Seattle for 12 elite college women’s teams. Competition was played for either two or three days with no championship bracket. We can’t wait to host another one next year!

15-8 Colorado

9-15 Oregon

12-8 Western Washington

10-7 UCLA

2-15 Ohio State

8-12 Whitman

14-6 Tufts

Recap by Kelley Hall:

The Northwest Challenge brought 20 of the top women’s teams together to tough out the rain, cold, and occasional sunshine. Our weekend started against Colorado where it felt like everything clicked, like the huge forehand huck from Michelle to Noelle. Later that evening we faced regional rivals Oregon under the lights. The showcase was our best game so far against Oregon with players like Grace and Miranda stepping up with huge layouts. Saturday we faced Western Washington, and we played a strong first half (8-3) with Barbara Hoover dominating the air. Our next game was against UCLA, who had somehow forgotten their raincoats. Flustered by the cold and our stifling defense we won the game easily. We ended by playing Ohio State who showed us what we still needed to be working on for the rest of the season. Sunday morning we faced Whitman in a close game that they pulled out. We ended the weekend against Tufts, with our best showing of the weekend with plays like Lucy’s gigantic layout block. Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the tournament run so smoothly, and if you are looking for pictures check out Tino Tran’s website.


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