FOREST GROVE — Sisters lived up to its No. 1 seed Friday at the Class 4A volleyball state tournament.
The Outlaws cruised past both No. 8 Crook County and No. 5 Tillamook in three sets and now turn their attention to No. 2 Valley Catholic in Saturday’s championship match at Forest Grove High School.
“I think we are connecting, and we’re having great chemistry and synergy on the floor,” said Sisters coach Rory Rush after Friday’s sweeps. “It seems like we’re clicking.”
Sisters rolled past Crook County in a quarterfinal match, 25-9, 25-12, 25-18, and later posted a 25-22, 25-13, 25-21 semifinal win over Tillamook.
The Outlaws, the defending 4A champions, defeated the Valiants from Beaverton 25-16, 25-22 in the final of the Sisters Invitational in September.
“It’s definitely an advantage to have seen them earlier,” said Rush. “Granted, they’re an improved team, and so are we. But it’s helpful to know what they run and who their go-tos are.”
The Outlaws’ primary go-to is no secret: senior Hawley Harrer. The 2016 4A player of the year led Sisters against the Cheesemakers with 19 kills and eight assists. Two other seniors helped the Outlaws’ cause in the semifinal victory, Ashlynn Cantwell with 17 kills and Erynn Ricker with eight blocks.
In the early match against Crook County, Harrer had 19 kills, eight assists and two aces. The Outlaws also got big numbers from Sam Silva (10 kills), Ellie Rush (20 assists, three aces) and Cantwell (four kills, three assists).
With the quarterfinal loss, Crook County moved into the consolation half of the bracket, where the Cowgirls face No. 13 Scappoose on Saturday. Crook County coach Rosie Honl said she is confident that her team will be playing in the fourth-place game — but only if the Cowgirls improve on their performance against Sisters.
“We played really rotten,” said Honl, “and they played great. … When you don’t pass well, setting is hard, and then when setting is hard, hitting is hard,” she added. “Hopefully we can come back and play a lot better tomorrow.”
Culver advances to 2A state final: REDMOND — The No. 1 Bulldogs defeated No. 9 Heppner 25-18, 25-22, 25-14, then beat No. 4 Central Linn 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 to advance to the Class 2A state championship match against No. 2 Grant Union on Saturday night at Ridgeview High School. In the quarterfinal against Heppner, Irma Retano had 14 kills and 21 digs and Maddie Miller added 12 kills and two aces as Culver advanced to the semifinals. Against the Cobras, the Bulldogs fell behind 12-6 in the second game. “When we got behind, we called timeout and talked about how the team that would win is the team that keeps their composure,” said Culver coach Randi Viggiano. “They responded and played great against a well-coached and talented Central Linn team.” Retano had 13 kills in the semifinal for the Bulldogs, and Catylynn Duff added 11 kills. Miller had eight kills and Margie Beeler contributed 34 assists as Culver advanced to the state final against the No. 2-seeded Prospectors, whom the Bulldogs defeated in five games in a nonleague match on Sept. 5.
Crescent Valley 2, Ridgeview 0: CORVALLIS — A Crescent Valley goal in each half of the Class 5A quarterfinal match ended a memorable season for No. 6 Ridgeview (13-3). “We dominated the first half, we just couldn’t finish,” said Ravens coach Kyle Chown. “Crescent Valley came out fired up in the second half, but I felt like we were able to match their intensity.” The No. 3 Raiders (13-0-1) notched their 12th straight win and 11th shutout of the season. The Mid-Willamette Conference champions advance to a Tuesday semifinal match against the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal between No. 2 Summit and No. 7 Corvallis.