As if the unforgiving Seattle weather knew there was a championship match to be played, the cloudy skies parted just in time to let the sunshine light up the courts at Alki Beach on Monday night. Setting the tone for the rest of the evening, the semi-final matches proved to be two very tight matchups, including a hard fought victory in three extremely close games for the Spikopaths over the eventual 3rd place winners, the Sand Sliders. The matchup between the hitting power of Spikopath's "Rick the Spiker'" and the speed and defensive prowess of Sand Slider's "Jacob the Diver" was as epic as any
After scratching out three tough victories in their semifinal match against Indy Team # 1, aka Sets on the Beach, team Air Traffic Control set their radar on that championship trophy (ok, T-shirts). Winning their first game and taking an early 1-0 lead, ATC seemed poised for a smooth flight, but the Spikopaths were ready to show off their "crazy" skills. Taking game two, led by superb teamwork and communication, the Spikopaths showed that anyone wanting those "Champs" T-shirts was going to have to go through them.
Willing to try anything to turn the tables back in their favor, ATC's Kari ran straight into the Puget Sound during the deciding 3rd game and waded up to almost waist high. Energized by the adventerous spirit, Air Traffic Control put the lid on the Early Summer season with a monster tip from Scott to win it all.
As the final match came to an end, the clouds rolled back in and punctuated a great beach volleyball season.
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|4||Sets on the Beach - Indy #1||5||4||0||10||14|
|5||Bump, Set, Yikes!||3||4||0||6||11|
|6||Saved by the Bench||2||4||0||4||13|
|7||Don't Bump to Strangers||2||6||0||4||16|
|9||Balls in Your Face - Indy #2||0||7||0||0||17|