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It was a championship weekend for the Curtis High School volleyball team as the girls took their 4A South Puget Sound League title, as well as a district crown on the road to Kennewick on Nov. 13 and 14 to see if they could add one final trophy to the 2015 Vikings’ haul. With a field stacked with incredibly talented teams, the Vikings would survive a few close calls and capture the 4A state championship in four games over their league rival, Emerald Ridge (25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 25-20).

The Vikings defeated Eastlake 3-0 in the first round, followed by a 3-0 victory over Mead in the quarterfinals. It was the semifinals where things got pushed to the limit as Battle Ground would go toe to toe with Curtis for a full five game match before succumbing to the Viking onslaught (28-26, 21-25, 25-23, 27-29, 15-13). Curtis finished the 2015 with a remarkable 22-1 final record.

There would be one more state championship to be won by Curtis before the Nov. 13 weekend was complete. The Viking girls swim team travelled to the King County Aquatic Center in Federal and notched a very respectable 16th place team finish. However, the big news for Curtis would take place in the 100 Yard Freestyle event. After finishing just two one-hundredths of a second ahead of Elisa Fang of Newport in the preliminaries, junior Willow Lopez-Silvers put together an exceptional finals swim. Lopez-Silvers would capture the 4A state championship by nearly three-quarters of a second ahead of the runner-up with a time of 52.39.

Lopez-Silvers would also take 13th in the 100 Yard Backstroke, as well as swim the anchor leg for a 14th place finish in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay along with fellow junior Sabrina Murray, sophomore Katie Van Zonneveld and senior Dannel Idio.

The impressive and exciting girls’ soccer season finally came to an end for Curtis in the 4A state quarterfinals. After capturing the 4A SPSL South title, the Vikings would win the district championship following a thrilling 3-2 victory over SPSL Northwest champion Todd Beamer in a penalty shootout. The Vikings would then face the SPSL North champions from Kentridge and it was déjà vu all over again as Curtis advanced with another 3-2 victory following a successful penalty shootout.

Up next for the Vikings would be a home quarterfinal match against Issaquah on Nov. 14. After taking a 2-1 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Vikings were unable to muster any more points and saw Issaquah take the lead with 24 minutes remaining in the match. Washington State commit Morgan Weaver scored her 35th goal of the season, but it would prove to be the final Curtis (16-3-0) goal of the season.

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