Special Olympics

A team of players from Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties, won a volleyball title at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida.

A team of local volleyball players representing Washington won a title June 9 at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida.

The team, which is made up of players from Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties, went 6-0 to win the gold medal and repeat as national champion.

It won a title in 2018, when it went 8-0 in the national competition. Five of the 10 players on the current team also played on the 2018 team.

After sweeping each of its five opponents — teams from Florida, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and Alabama — in pool play, the local team met up with the Pennsylvania team in the gold medal match.

Pennsylvania put up a stronger challenge, but the Washington team won in three sets.

The local team was down 12-8 in the third and deciding set, but came back to win 15-13.

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