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PORTLAND — The North Medford volleyball team got off to a good start against Westview but couldn't sustain its solid play at Westview High on Wednesday.
The Wildcats topped the Black Tornado 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-13 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Westview will next face top-seeded Jesuit (24-5), which beat Crater.
After picking up the opening game, North rallied from a 24-14 deficit in the second set to cut the Wildcats' lead to two points. But the comeback fell just short.
"We had six points of error-free volleyball," North Medford head coach Erika Wright said.
In the third and fourth sets, Westview (14-10) established a strong middle attack that the Black Tornado had trouble defending.
Senior outside hitter Emily Carlson turned nine kills and six digs and junior outside hitter Katy Carter nine kills and six digs for North (11-9). Senior libero Ashley Smith turned in 20 digs and three aces, senior setter Telsche Munson 29 assists and seven digs and sophomore middle hitter Kathy Martin six kills.
The Black Tornado finished second in the Southern Oregon Hybrid.
"You always hate going out with a loss, but the reality is only eight teams get to go to the state tournament," Wright said. "So we feel proud of what we have done up to this point and, in terms of progress this season, being better as the season went on."
JESUIT 3, CRATER 0 — At Portland, top-seeded Jesuit swept Crater 25-11, 25-13, 25-15 in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Megan Funderburk had four blocks, Katie Britton four aces and six kills, Destiny Fahndrich seven kills and Madi Layton 16 digs for the Comets (10-14).
CLACKAMAS 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Clackamas, Clackamas swept South Medford 25-13, 25-13, 25-15 in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Panthers (9-14) were led by senior middle hitter Bree Polk, junior defensive specialist Tia Garrett and junior libero Grace Sporer.
Top-seeded Clackamas (21-5) will next face Southridge.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Portland, top-seeded Central Catholic swept Grants Pass 25-10, 25-14, 25-5 in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Cavers finished the year 7-14.
ROSEBURG 3, FOREST GROVE 0 — At Roseburg, Stefenie Griggs had eight kills, Kiana Cash six aces and Vanessa Bentley 23 assists in top-seeded Roseburg's 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 win in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Indians (25-9) next face Tigard (19-5).
MONUMENT/DAYVILLE 3, PROSPECT 2 — At Prospect, Heather Lass had 10 kills, 32 digs and five aces for Propect (18-6), but Monument/Dayville (11-6) prevailed 8-25, 27-25, 25-22, 11-25, 15-10 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
Halee Hedgpeth added seven kills and Alee Pinkerton five aces for the Cougars.