Ashland earns state tournament berth
ASHLAND — Callie McCoy had to be creative against Mountain View of Bend in a second-round Class 5A volleyball state playoff match Saturday.
The Grizzly senior setter produced a season-high 51 assists as Ashland defeated the Intermountain League No. 3 seed 23-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22 to earn a state tournament berth.
Ashland third-year coach Jodee Scott will be taking Grizzlies back to the state tournament for the third consecutive year. Ashland finished fourth in last year's tournament.
The third-ranked Grizzlies will open tournament play 1:15 p.m. Friday against either St. Helens or Jefferson at Liberty High in Hillsboro.
Mountain View, who the Grizzlies defeated earlier in the season at the Clearwater Classic in Bend, came into the match prepared and won the first set.
"In the first game we got into a hole but started to come back," said Scott. "This gave us momentum for the second game."
After winning the next two games, the Grizzlies trailed 21-14 in the fourth set. Ashland went on an 11-1 run to close out the match.
Ashland middles Niki Small and Sam Boehnke and outside Hayley Ross paced the Grizzlies front line. Small pounded 15 kills and had three blocks, Boehnke had 14 kills and three blocks and Ross added 12 kills.
"(McCoy) did a great job moving the ball around to open things up for Niki and the other hitters," said Scott.
Ashland libero Piper Cantrell excelled in the back row with 25 digs.
"We played with a lot of desire," said Scott. "The teams were pretty evenly matched but we really wanted it."
WEST ALBANY 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, West Albany reached the state tournament with a 25-22, 25-10, 25-9 state playoff victory.
Taylor Mackey led Crater with 10 kills and two aces while teammate Kayla Hopkinson recorded four kills along with 23 assists.
Crater ends the season with a 5-7 overall record.
SHELDON 3, ALOHA 0 — At Aloha, Southwest Conference champion Sheldon advanced to the state tournament with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-12 victory.
The Irish open the tournament at 10 a.m. Friday against Central Catholic at Liberty High in Hillsboro.
JESUIT 3, ROSEBURG 0 — At Portland, Jesuit moves into the state tournament with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 victory.
Devan Belshe and Breanne Thomas combined for 19 kills and 12 digs in a losing effort for Roseburg.
- MARIST 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 2 — At Eugene, Hidden Valley, the Skyline Conference No. 2 seed, was denied a state tournament berth with a heartbreaking 25-15, 25-15, 19-25, 16-25, 15-8 road loss.
- HENLEY 3, STAYTON 1 — At Klamath Falls, Skyline Conference champion Henley advanced to the state tournament with a 25-13, 18-25, 25-13, 25-19 state playoff victory.
Autumn Wedan paced the Hornets with 18 kills and Andrea Straw added 11.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, REGIS 0 — Breanna Holtz had four aces, 20 assists and a team-high nine digs to lead host Cascade Christian to a 25-8, 25-19, 25-15 win.
The Challengers, who finished third at state last year, advance to a meeting with Riverside in the state tournament Friday morning at Lane Community College.
Becca Sellers added four aces and nine kills, Amanda Kinney had eight kills and Nikki Jones finished with seven digs for Cascade Christian.
ST. MARY'S 3, HEPPNER 0 — Host St. Mary's scored a 25-19, 25-22, 29-27 victory against No. 7 Heppner to reach its first state tournament quarterfinals since 2002.
Danielle Shubat had nine kills and 12 digs to lead the third-ranked Crusaders (23-3 overall), who play Oakland next Friday at 10 a.m. at Pacific University in Forest Grove.
St. Mary's Jordan Jackson added 24 assists, Samantha Bayer had 20 digs, Kate Traister recorded four aces and Kylee Adderson had six blocks.
IMBLER 3, BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Imbler, the defending Class 1A state champion used aggressive hitting and constant pressure to register a 25-13, 25-13, 25-22 second-round playoff victory.
Butte Falls, the Mountain Valley League No. 2 seed, received strong defensive play from senior middle Brenna Ferguson and junior outside Beth Sutfin.