Skyview took the top prize from Lewiston during the first all-Idaho final at the Linda Sheridan Volleyball Classic.
Don’t be surprised if both teams are hoisting state championship trophies in four weeks.
The Skyview Hawks, a 4A school from Nampa, swept Lewiston 25-14, 25-17 on Saturday night at Shadle Park High to cap an unbeaten day at the 64-team tournament. Skyview (30-2) boasts seven seniors from a team that placed second and third at the last two state tournaments.
Lewiston, the defending 5A state champion, swept Camas and Skyview (Wash.) on the way to a 2-1 win over Washington 4A ninth-ranked Auburn Riverside in the semifinals.
“My kids played great all day,” Lewiston coach Kelly Harwick said. “Skyview came out and, according to their coach, played the best match they’ve played all year. We lost in the finals to a team that was right on task.”
Skyview, a school that opened in 1996, made its first appearance at the 20-year-old tourney, previously called the Crossover Classic. Coach Kevin Murphy justified the long trip by scheduling a tri-match Thursday night in Post Falls.
“Sixty-four teams, great volleyball here in the Spokane area, and you’re getting teams from all over,” the 11th-year Hawks coach said. “We just wanted to get as much competition as we could to get ready for the end of the year for districts and state.”
Skyview’s two losses were against Salt Lake City teams at the high-powered Rocky Mountain Champions Classic in early September.
Both championship games began with 5-all scores.
The Bengals led the first game 8-6 before Skyview scored seven consecutive points to take control. Skyview closed the game with a 9-4 run.
Skyview took a 15-8 lead in the final game with a 6-0 run. The Hawks built the lead to 20-10 before a five-point swing for Lewiston. Murphy took timeout and Skyview cruised home.
“We didn’t think we could make it this far, but we played lights out today,” said Skyview senior setter Hailey Cook, a four-year varsity player. “I’m proud of my team. The highlight was playing how we did against the defending 5A champs.”
“We didn’t know what to expect, but we came out really strong and we really came together in the last couple of games,” said Hawks libero Lily Austin, another four-year varsity player. “I think that’s the best we’ve played all season.”
Other top area placers were: defending champion Mead, tied for ninth; Class 1A Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), 12th; Ferris and Shadle, tied for 13th; and East Valley, 15th.