• The Annie Wright Gators pose with the championship plaque after topping Life Christian in the 1A tri-district title game on Nov. 3. (Photo By Felicia Vipond)

Third seed Annie Wright swept through the 1A Tri-District Tournament, taking out top-seeded Life Christian 25-16, 25-10, 27-25 in the finals on Nov. 3 at Kings High School. The Gators also dispatched second seed Kings 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 earlier in the day, as senior Lani Kalalau led the way by tallying a team-high 30 kills and 29 digs in the two matches. Margaux Arnston had 16 kills in the tournament, while Tori Smith had 14 kills and 16 digs and Kaley Turner had a team-high 56 assists in the matches. The Gators will take on Zillah on Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. in their state opener at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Life Christian, meanwhile, was led by six kills and five blocks from Johnnise Moore, while Carly Normandeau added eight assists and nine digs. Grace Bouffiou tallied 12 digs, four assists and three kills, and Maddy Long had 12 digs and three kills. The Eagles, champions of the Nisqually League, will take on Connell on Nov. 9 at 9:45 a.m. in their state opener at the SunDome.


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