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The St. Mary's volleyball team pulled out a five-set thriller against Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade Hybrid championship match at Cascade Christian High on Saturday.
The Crusaders prevailed in the league's playoff title match 25-15, 26-24, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11 against the Challengers, who went undefeated in the SCH en route to the regular-season league championship.
Cascade Christian defeated St. Mary's in the teams' two previous meetings this year.
Alexi Provost-Shean, a senior middle, contributed 15 blocks and eight kills and Liz Pentland had a team-high 11 kills for the Crusaders. Setter Nina Console passed 29 assists.
St. Mary's also received solid defensive play from Maddie Gregg and Hannah Graunke, while Alden Caldwell and Jordynn Rothfus sparked a strong serving effort.
For Cascade Christian, Elise Gardner had 16 kills and Meghan Higday added 13 kills.
The Challengers hurt themselves by missing four serves and committed six hitting errors in the final set.
In a tight second set, the Challengers trailed 22-17 before coming up just short in their rally attempt.
Haley Casebier registered 41 assists and 11 digs and Karlee Britton added eight kills for CC, which evened things up with Game 3 and 4 victories. Gardner served five straight points toward the end of the fourth set.
In an earlier match, the Crusaders beat Rogue River, 25-15, 22-25, 27-25, 25-18, to advance into the seeding match against the Challengers.
For the Chieftains (9-9), Alli Ehrhardt had 18 kills, Sarah Segura nine kills and six aces and Kailin Honea 17 assists.
MCNARY 3, CRATER 0 — At Salem, Crater's Kelsey Strouse had six kills and Courtney Villagrana added 13 digs, but McNary won the Class 6A state play-in match, 25-11, 25-18, 25-17.
The Comets finished their year 1-17.
PHOENIX 3, SUTHERLIN 0 — At Sutherlin, Phoenix's Delanie Tally was 11-for-12 from the service line with two aces in the Pirates' Class 4A state play-in loss.
Sutherlin (11-8) prevailed, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19.
Adrienne Gordon had eight kills and three blocks, Baylee Toney was 8-for-8 serving with five kills and three blocks and Katie Strong was 6-for-6 serving with two aces and eight digs for the Pirates (8-13).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH BEND 0 — At Murphy, senior middle blocker Elizabeth Venzon's huge match propelled Hidden Valley to a decisive 25-10, 25-10, 25-18 Class 4A play-in victory.
Venzon had 11 kills, 14 blocks and 12 digs in the straight-set win, which earned the Skyline Conference champion Mustangs a round of 16 playoff match next Saturday.
Senior middle Skylar Fate added six kills and six blocks for Hidden Valley, which has won eight of its last nine matches.
SIUSLAW 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Florence, North Valley's season came to an end with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 loss in a Class 4A play-in game.
MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE TOURNAMENT — At Silver Lake, regular season league champion Hosanna Christian defeated Prospect in the title match, 25-13, 25-18, 25-18.
Junior outside hitter and setter Heather Lass, who was named to the all-tournament team, had 10 kills and 11 assists against Hosanna. Taylor Bernhardt added 10 kills, while Jessica VanWormer dished out 14 assists and Morgan Thompson provided 15 digs for the Cougars.
Prospect (15-3) beat Butte Falls, 25-21, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18 earlier to advance to the championship match.
Lass was 19 of 19 serving with 10 kills, four blocks and 10 assists against the Loggers. Bernhardt chipped in seven kills, three blocks and 16 digs.
For Butte Falls, Mariah Moore posted a match-high 17 kills, Joli Hobbs had 11 assists and three blocks and Allie Givens put down six kills.
Butte Falls bounced back from the loss to Prospect to beat North Lake, 25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, to secure a regional playoff spot.
Moore led the Loggers with 17 kills, Tamika Funk recorded 11 kills, two blocks and five aces and Hobbs added five aces, 20 assists and three blocks for the Loggers (12-8), who clinched the league's third seed.
Prospect will host Camas Valley in a regional playoff on Wednesday, while Butte Falls will play a regional road match.