Northwest Regionals, 2014

Element headed up north to Lynden, Washington for Regionals. Coming off our Conference wins, we were ready to take on the toughest region in the country! We took second which got us a great seed for nationals!

13-6 Whitman

13-6 Montana

13-5 Western Washington

W-L Western Washington

L-W Oregon

W-L Whitman

Recap by Shira Stern:

In the PNW, we know too well that April showers bring…more showers in May and June. The 2014 NW Regional tournament was, in the classic Northwest style, rainy, windy, and wet, and consequently very muddy.

Though conditions were drier on Saturday of the tournament, Element was given the challenge and opportunity to practice our game in windy conditions. We showcased our capability to fight through the varying…elements: putting up big hucks against Whitman’s tight man-defense and shredding Montana’s zone in the first two round of the weekend. In the final round of the day, we played Western, and came out on top 15-5 to qualify for Nationals!

The next morning, we rallied through the weekend’s weather uncontrollables to again take down an aggressive Western in semis to advance to the Regional finals. Our game against Oregon was another opportunity to grow and learn as a team, work on our variety of defensive strategies, and adjust to theirs. Though Oregon came out on top, that did not stop a strong Element squad (though missing a few key players to injuries) from taking second in the 2/3 match against Whitman. A great weekend of growth for Element 2014! Now, on to Cincinatties!

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