Mia Smith (#13 blue) of the Splash 18’s goes up and drops a shot past the outstretched arms of a Seattle based team on Saturday afternoon at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier at the Spokane Convention Center.

Mia Smith (#13 blue) of the Splash 18’s goes up and drops a shot past the outstretched arms of a Seattle based team on Saturday (March 23) afternoon at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier at the Spokane Convention Center. 

SPOKANE – It’s hailed as one of Spokane’s biggest sporting events, and it’s not Hoopfest or Bloomsday either. 

Over 8,000 athletes from all over the country have made their way to the Inland Northwest. 

All traveling to the Spokane area to compete in this year’s Pacific Northwest Qualifier, a volleyball tournament featuring 700 teams with some of the top players in the country. 

The Tournament is so big that it lasts two weekends. 

Colville tribal member Mia Smith and Jade Christianson (Colville tribal descendant) both competed at this year’s PNW Qualifier being hosted throughout three locations in the Spokane area. 

Smith and her team the Splash 18's played their matches at the Spokane Convention Center this past weekend, (March23). 

 

They went 4-4 on the weekend as they began play on Thursday and made it all the way to Sunday before being eliminated. Smith and the Splash 18’s competed in the Open 18 division. They placed 15th overall. 

“It was a pretty rough start for me on the first day but I eventually started to pick it up and I think I preformed pretty well,” said Smith. “I was pretty sick so I wasn’t 100% but still tried to make the best of it and go all out of my team.” 

Christianson’s team, College Prep Academy Elite 15 played their matches at Reese Court and at the Fieldhouse on the Eastern Washington University campus. 

They went 6-2 on the weekend and placed fifth in their Under 15 USA Division. Christianson 14 is the daughter of Erica Deleon and Shawn Christianson 

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