Semifinals set in Oregon high school volleyball: Vote for Tuesday’s top star

By Dan Brood | Photo by Dan Brood

Some highlights from Tuesday’s action in the Oregon high school volleyball state playoffs …

6A quarterfinals

West Linn 3, Sheldon 2

West Linn came away victorious in a five-set thriller, topping Sheldon 25-17, 16-25, 25-16, 30-32, 17-15 in a match played Tuesday at West Linn High School.

Rayna Reynolds helped lead the way for the Lions with 15 kills in 30 attempts, hitting for a .433 average while also having five blocks.

“What worked for us is when our middles stayed involved in the game,” West Linn coach Emilie Wilmes said. “Addie Hoover can see the court, so when she’s hitting, we had some major momentum-changing hits.”

Hoover had 31 swings with 20 kills, hitting .484.

Emily Warmenhoven had 41 attempts with 17 kills, hitting .268. Amyah Semau had 37 attempts with 13 kills, hitting .243.

“Both the outsides did their best to really keep the ball in play … and keep the game going,” Wilmes said.

For Sheldon, Keira Vaughn had 21 kills and 10 digs. Gwen Fife had 18 kills and six digs. Kait Wood had nine kills, two aces and three blocks. Beaux Bruegman had 40 assists, six kills and two aces. Elle Bruegman added 22 digs.

“I am beyond proud of the competitiveness they showed,” Sheldon coach Martine Wodke said. “It has been an honor to coach this team.”

The top-seeded Lions improved to 26-2. They’ll face Central Catholic in a Class 6A semifinal match Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty High School. Sheldon finished its season 25-8.

Central Catholic 3, South Salem 2

The No. 5 seed South Salem squad came back strong but came up just short against No. 4 seed Central Catholic, falling 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 15-13 to the Rams in a thrilling quarterfinal match Tuesday at Central Catholic High School.

“Last night was one of the most intense and incredible volleyball matches I have ever had the privilege of coaching or watching,” Central Catholic coach Kayla Hambley said Wednesday. “South Salem came to play; they are talented and tenacious.”

“It was a tough loss to Central Catholic tonight,” South Salem coach Matt Leichty said. “Our girls fought hard, just a little slow getting started, and it cost us in the end. Coming back from down 2-0 to tie it up and force a fifth set at Central Catholic is no easy task. Great, hard-fought battle by both teams.”

Senior libero Renee Tassin helped lead the way for the Rams in the victory.

“She put away more aces than any previous match before, her serve receive was a 2.2 (with no errors), and 17 digs, and her ability to chase down balls and pick up tips is unmatched,” Hambley said. “She is only a second-year varsity player, and this is her first year as a libero for our varsity team, but you would never know it. She plays like a four-year veteran starting libero.”

Junior Sofia Cooper added 13 kills for the Rams, while also stepping up in the decisive fifth set.

“Without her grit during the fifth set, I believe the win would have gone to South Salem,” Hambley said.

Also for Central Catholic, freshman Mia Hunt passed a 2.3 while also having 41 serve-receive passes, six kills and five digs. Junior Mia Star had 15 digs, 31 assists and four kills.

“I’m so proud of my team for battling back after dropping sets three and four,” Hambley said. “We worked hard all week on serving under pressure situations and fighting back when our team is down. I feel incredibly blessed that our team is deep enough that our ‘non-starters’ can scrimmage against our starting lineup and challenge them just about as tough as many of the top teams in the state.”

Kayleigh Carpenter led the Saxons with 22 kills and 12 digs. Brooksie Isham had 12 kills and four blocks. Laila Leaks had 50 assists, 13 digs and two aces.

Central Catholic improved to 24-2. The Rams will face West Linn in a Class 6A semifinal match Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty High School. South Salem finished its season 19-7.

Bend 3, Oregon City 0

Second-seeded Bend powered its way to the Class 6A final four, getting a 26-24, 25-20, 25-18 sweep against No. 7 seed Oregon City in a match played Tuesday at Bend High School.

Sophomore Chloe LeLuge helped lead the way for the Lava Bears with 10 kills. Senior Marley Hardgrave had eight kills and four blocks.

“Overall, the team passed a 2.4, which really contributed to us being able to run a strong offense,” Bend coach Kristin Cooper said.

Bend improved to 23-2. The Lava Bears will face Jesuit in a Class 6A semifinal Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Liberty High School. Oregon City finished its season 20-8.

Jesuit 3, Sprague 0

The third-seeded Crusaders defeated the 22nd-seeded Olympians 25-22, 25-4, 25-12 at Jesuit High School. Read the full story here.

5A quarterfinals

Ridgeview 3, Churchill 0

Ridgeview, the No. 4 seed, moved on to the Class 5A final four by notching a 25-20, 25-21, 27-25 win over No. 5 seed Churchill at home Tuesday.

“The Ravens played a tough match against a great Churchill team,” Ridgeview coach Randi Viggiano said. “Our tough serving and aggressive offense kept them out of system. Both teams played great defense and fought hard.”

Senior Jenna Albrecht helped lead the way for Ridgeview with 10 kills, five aces and five digs. Sophomore Ellie Owen had 10 kills. Junior Madison Vaughn had six kills, four aces and 14 digs. Sophomore Paige Capitani had six kills and five digs. Junior setter Rachel Lester had 20 assists and eight digs. Junior Hayden Hamilton added 15 assists. Senior Kylee Rost had two aces and 15 digs.

Ridgeview improved to 16-4. The Ravens will face top-seeded West Albany in a Class 5A semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty High School. Churchill finished its season 16-4.

West Albany 3, La Salle Prep 1

The top-seeded Bulldogs dropped the first set but came back strong to get a 24-26, 25-14, 25-14, 28-26 win over the Falcons on Tuesday at West Albany.

“The first set we played well, but conservative,” West Albany coach Megan Wallace said. “In sets two and three, we played confident and didn’t hold back. The fourth set, La Salle turned it up and weren’t going out without a fight, and it was a battle until the very end where we went back and forth point for point starting at 22-21.”

Hailey Heider helped lead the way for West Albany with 24 kills, 13 digs and two blocks. Maddy Hellem had 26 digs, two aces and four assists. Sydney Harrington had 44 assists, 14 digs, two kills and a block. Kendyl Arnett added 13 kills, six digs and two blocks. Brooke Rogers had 16 digs, four kills and one block.

West Albany moved to 24-3 on the season. The Bulldogs will face Ridgeview in a Class 5A semifinal match at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty High School. La Salle Prep finished its season 19-6.

Crescent Valley 3, Silverton 1

Crescent Valley, the No. 3 seed, moved to the Class 5A semifinals by posting a 16-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-13 victory over No. 6 seed Silverton in a match played Tuesday at Crescent Valley.

“It was a great team effort tonight,” Crescent Valley coach Troy Shorey said. “We have had better serve-receive nights, but our offense did a great job of making up for it. The players are excited to be treading new waters and striving for their goals.”

Kara Paterson led the Raiders with four aces and 27 digs. Bella Jacobson had a team-high 17 kills, while adding one stuff block and seven digs. Kamden Mitchell led the team in assists with 23 and added four kills and 13 digs.

Crescent Valley improved to 19-4. The Raiders will face Wilsonville in a Class 5A semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty High School. Silverton finished its season 16-6.

Wilsonville 3, North Bend 0

The No. 7 seed Wilsonville squad made the long trip to North Bend and came away victorious, getting a 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 quarterfinal victory over the No. 2 seed Bulldogs.

“It was solid all-around play by our team,” Wilsonville coach Scott Thompson said. “We served and serve-received well, set the ball well and hit at a high level.”

Ashli Edmiston led the Wildcats with 17 kills while hitting .314, and she added two aces and 12 digs. Sophia Kleckner led the team with 15 digs, passed at .216 and added two aces. Makenna Wiepert led the team with three aces while having 29 assists, six digs and three blocks.

Wilsonville improved to 20-4. The Wildcats will play Crescent Valley in a Class 5A semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty High School. North Bend finished its season 21-2.

4A quarterfinals

Philomath 3, Baker 0

Philomath, the No. 13 seed, advanced to the Class 4A final four by posting a 26-24, 25-13, 25-18 victory at Baker on Tuesday.

“The girls played well, met their goals and out-prepped Baker tonight,” Philomath coach Denee Newton said. “We won the serve-receive and serving game, and Baker just couldn’t match our blocking and versatility of attackers. They were very scrappy, though, and they made for a great match. Gonna study hard and prep for Sisters.”

Philomath improved to 12-9. The Warriors will face top-seeded Sisters in a Class 4A semifinal match, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Corvallis High School.

Baker finished its season 16-7.

“Tonight was a hard-fought match for us against Philomath,” Baker coach Ali Abrego said. “We came back from a six-point deficit in the first set to challenge them on game point. Playing against an older team, it was awesome to see how our girls rose to the occasion and continued to persevere after a rough second set. They finished the match working cohesively together.”

Cascade 3, Sweet Home 0

No. 2 seed Cascade stepped up and rolled to a 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 home win over No. 7 seed Sweet Home on Tuesday.

Lucretia Benolken led the Cougars with 12 kills. Meah Carley had 18 digs. Bella Oliver added four aces. Annabelle Peterson had four total blocks, and Kenna Coleman had 34 assists. Jayden Daviscourt had a 2.38 serve receive.

Cascade improved to 20-4. The Cougars will face Valley Catholic in a Class 4A semifinal at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at Corvallis High School. Sweet Home finished its season 12-6.

Sisters 3, Siuslaw 1

Top-seeded Sisters battled its way to a 25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20 win over ninth-seeded Siuslaw in a match held Tuesday at Sisters High School.

Gracie Vohs led the way for the Outlaws with 22 kills, eight blocks and three aces. She also had a huge block in the fourth set to win the match. Bre White had 13 kills and Sydney Myhre added 11 kills. Maddie Pollard went on a key seven-point serving run to bring Sisters back from behind.

Sisters improved to 21-3. The Outlaws will play Philomath in a Class 4A semifinal Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Corvallis High School. Siuslaw finished its season 15-9.

Valley Catholic 3, Cottage Grove 1

The third-seeded Valley Catholic squad kept alive its hopes for a third consecutive Class 4A state title by rallying to get a 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 win over No. 6 seed Cottage Grove in a match played Tuesday at Valley Catholic High School.

Libero Kylee King and defensive specialist Sophia Rewers helped key the Valley Catholic defense. The Valiants also got strong play from Fran Eisenhardt, Abby Berndt, Addie Emerson and Katiya Blas-Arellano.

Izabelle Senters and Gracie Arnold helped get Cottage Grove off to a strong start to the match.

Valley Catholic improved to 19-4. The Valiants will face Cascade in a Class 4A semifinal match on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Corvallis High School. Cottage Grove finished its season 15-7.

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