Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Texas & Western Pennsylvania wins SpikeOut championships

The 19th annual SpikeOut tournament held at Maryland School for the Deaf last weekend featured a new wrinkle in the tournament format. Small schools have participated in the SpikeOut tournament in the past but due to enrollment differences, it created a competitive disadvantage for them.

This year’s tournament was the first to separate the bigger and smaller schools into two divisions. Division 1 featured the usual six schools (Fremont, Indiana, Maryland, Model, Riverside, and Texas). The Division 2 was comprised of Lexington, Marie Philip, Michigan, New York, Rochester, and Western Pennsylvania. The separate divisions allowed the smaller schools to have a legitmate chance to compete for a championship as well.

In the Division 1 tournament, Texas came in as the defending champion and the favorites to repeat. They certainly followed through with that, putting in a dominating performance. Texas finished out the tournament undefeated and also did not lose a single set. The championship game with Maryland was a rematch of last year’s championship game as well. The first set saw Maryland take an early lead but Texas was able to chip away and overtake Maryland to win the first set 25-20. Texas started the second set strong and built a significant lead early. Maryland never threatened thereafter as Texas won the second set 25-18. This year’s championship is Texas’ fourth overall in the SpikeOut tournament and their first back-to-back title.

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Division 1 Round Robin
Division 1 Bracket
Division 1 Awards

2017 SpikeOut D1 Champ Texas
2017 SpikeOut Champions - Texas School for the Deaf (Photo courtesy of MSD Athletics)

The Division 2 tournament featured familiar foes for five of the six participating schools as all are members of the ESDAA (Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association) except for Michigan. Western Pennsylvania got out of the Round Robin undefeated and earning the #1 seed followed by Marie Philip with a 4-1 record and #2 seed. Both teams then advanced to the championship match where the fans were treated to a tight match. Western Pennsylvania coasted in the first set with a 25-7 win but the next two sets were a battle as they dropped the second set, 25-23 and sealing the championship in the deciding set, 15-13 to claim the first-ever SpikeOut Division 2 championship.

Division 2 Round Robin
Division 2 Bracket
Division 2 Awards

2017 SpikeOut D2 Champ WPSD
2017 SpikeOut Division 2 Champions - Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (Photo courtesy of MSD Athletics)

 
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