If the third edition wasn't the best version of the Montgomery County Invitational Volleyball Tournament, it may have been the most competitive.
Ten of the 40 games played at the four gyms in Raymond and Nokomis went to three games, with several others decided by just a few points.
In the end, only one could be crowned winner of this year's 16-team tournament, with Staunton taking the top spot in 2019. The Bulldogs, who were third in 2017 and sixth last year, knocked off conference foe Roxana in three games in the title tilt on Saturday, Sept. 14, 15-25, 25-16, 25-19, to earn the championship.
Hollie Bekeske would earn MVP honors for the tournament, with Katie Masinelli also earning an all-conference nod for the Bulldogs.
In the other final games at Lincolnwood, the host Lancers defeated South County for third, Vandalia beat Auburn for fifth and North Mac defeated Hillsboro for seventh.
At Nokomis, Father McGivney beat Morrisonville for ninth, St. Elmo/Brownstown def. Nokomis for 11th, Edinburg beat Litchfield for 13th and Ramsey def. Calvary for 15th.
In addition to the play on the courts, the tournament also raised funds and awareness for infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy in honor of eight-year-old Grace Herschelman, who is battling the rare neurological disorder.