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EUGENE — Following a near-perfect season, the Hidden Valley volleyball was upended by seven-time defending state champion Crook County in the Class 4A state semifinals on Friday.
The Cowgirls, who had four consecutive Class 5A titles before dropping to 4A, where it's won three in a row, prevailed 24-26, 25-9, 25-19, 25-16 at Lane Community College.
Crook County meets Cascade (24-1) at 8:30 tonight for the title.
The Mustangs (19-2) take on Sisters today at noon in the contest for third place.
Prior to their match against Crook County (25-5), Hidden Valley needed to pull out a five-set victory against La Grande in quarterfinals. The Mustangs triumphed, 26-24, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11.
ASHLAND TEAMS FALL — At Corvallis, Ashland's boys and girls teams each lost in the state semifinals and will play third-fourth place games today at Osborn Aquatic Center.
The Grizzly boys fell 12-7 to Mountain View of Bend and the girls were beaten 13-6 by Summit of Bend.
In the boys game, Ashland's Hoku Eggertsen had four goals and one steal, and Taos Cadarette-Stewart had three goals, two assists and one field block. Nathan Markovich added a goal and an assist, and goalie Vincent Wright made 17 blocks.
Ashland faces West Albany today at 11:15 a.m.
In the girls game, the Grizzlies' Sabrina Scoggin and Sadie Kasiah each had three goals, one assist and five steals. Goalie Kaya Boehm had six blocks.
Ashland faces Parkrose at 10 a.m. today.