Sydnie Johnson celebrating

Linn-Benton’s Sydnie Johnson (4), Shalyn Gray (12) and teammates celebrate after winning their first Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball title on Sunday in Lakewood, Wash. The Roadrunners defeated Skagit Valley in the title match.

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — The Linn-Benton Community College volleyball team capped off an outstanding 2021 fall season with a win over Skagit Valley in four sets in the championship match of the Northwest Athletic Conference Elite 8 on Sunday at Pierce College.

Scores were 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15.

It marked the first NWAC title for the Roadrunners (32-2), who finished the season with a 25-match winning streak.

LBCC, coached by Jayme Frazier, defeated Skagit Valley (25-6) in straight sets in the semifinals Saturday.

Shalyn Gray and Sydnie Johnson, both South Umpqua High School graduates, played key roles in the victory. Gray had 17 kills and 13 digs, while Johnson added 19 assists and 11 digs.

LBCC’s Taya Manibusan was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Jade Hayes and Johnson joined Manibusan on the all-tournament first team, while Alexis Chapman made the second team.

Tom Eggers can be reached at teggers@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4220.

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Tom Eggers is the sports editor for The News-Review. He can be reached at teggers@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4220.

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