There was plenty of deja vu to go around inside the Kroc Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday. It was the final of the 2019 Nike Tournament of Champions, and Marymount of Los Angeles and Mater Dei of Santa Ana matched up across the net from each other just like they did a year ago in the championship match of the 2018 Nike TOC.
And for the second year in a row, Marymount earned the victory and the tournament title, but this time it took the Sailors three sets: 25-21, 23-25, 15-10. This was the second meeting between the two teams this year, as Marymount also defeated Mater Dei in three at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas.
Marymount won the platinum bracket championship match without the defensive contributions of libero Addie Edwards who was injured when she collided with a teammate during a match earlier on Saturday. Setter Kelly Belardi ran a smart offense for the Sailors, distributing the ball among her deadly hitters Elia Rubin, Rhiann Sheffie, Kerry Keefe, Marisse Turner, and Caroline Altergott.
Marymount is now 22-3 on the season, while Mater Dei has a 24-4 record.
Mira Costa took home the bronze medal, defeating local Arizona high school Hamilton in the third-place match. North Raleigh Christian took fifth, winning its final match over Vista Murrieta.
Cathedral Catholic, which won the Durango Fall Classic earlier this year, came into the Nike TOC as the top seed, but was defeated by No. 2 seed Marymount in a crossover match. The Dons rebounded to sweep its next three opponents and finish first in the gold bracket. Corona del Sol’s upset of Marymount in pool play set up that crossover match between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. Corona del Sol finished in fourth place in the gold bracket.
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