FOREST GROVE — Behind a group of experienced seniors, No. 1 Sisters defeated No. 2 Valley Catholic 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-11 to win the Class 4A volleyball state championship Saturday night at Forest Grove High School.
The state title is the second consecutive for the Outlaws and the third in the last four years.
“This is a great group,” said first-year Sisters coach Rory Rush. “The amount of talent that we had on the floor this year is hard to beat. Our seniors were amazing. We just focused on finding our team chemistry. They needed to come together and they did that.”
In the fourth game, Sisters scored five straight points to take an 11-2 lead on a block by Erynn Rickers and Cassidy Ling-Scott. The Outlaws then surged to an 18-5 lead on a service ace by Jessie Brigham. They kept the pressure on and Harrer ended the match with an ace of her own.
“In that first set, we started a little tight,” Rush said. “We gained our composure and came back strong in that second set. In the third set we got the lead and just got too comfortable. We made too many errors. Fourth set, we found our composure and finished strong.”
Senior Hawley Harrer finished with 19 kills, 17 assists and 10 digs. Ashlynn Cantwell, another senior, added 14 kills and eight digs, and Brigham, also a senior, contributed 22 digs and three aces.
Cowgirls place 4th: Raegan Wilkins served nine unanswered points in the fourth set, including two aces, to complete No. 8 Crook County’s 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21 win over No. 11 Cottage Grove in the fourth-place match. Wilkins finished with 20 kills, three aces and two blocks for the Cowgirls. Cassidy Dill had 19 kills, Kerigan Waibel had nine kills and Anna Woodward had 42 assists for Crook County in the placing match. On Friday morning, the Cowgirls beat No. 13 Scappoose 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 19-25, 15-9 to advance.