Ashland finishes strong at Class 5A tourney
HILLSBORO — Ashland let the first game slip away but not the third-place match at the Class 5A state volleyball tournament.
The Grizzlies rallied back behind the play of senior outside Hayley Ross to decisively defeat Sherwood, 24-26, 25-8, 25-19, 25-23, at Liberty High Saturday.
It was the Grizzlies third consecutive top four finish in the last three years under coach Jodee Scott. Ashland finished third in 2007 and fourth in 2008.
"We executed efficiently," said Scott. "Our passing was right on the money so our setter could run whatever she wanted."'
Ross stepped up big with a team-high 20 kills.
"Hayley played inspired," said Scott. "She was on fire and wanted the ball a lot."
Ila Sturges, another senior outside, was active defensively with 20 digs to go with eight kills.
Ashland (21-10) received effective net play from middles Niki Small and Sam Boehnke. Small, a senior headed to Northern Arizona University, provided 16 kills, nine aces and two blocks, while Boehnke had nine kills and five blocks.
Ashland senior setter Callie McCoy handed out 52 assists and libero Piper Cantrell came up with 18 digs and four aces.
"We showed confidence," said Scott. "We took risks and challenged the line with our serve and weren't afraid to take the hard shot. The girls wanted to end their season with a win."
ST. MARY'S 3, CORBETT 2 — At Forest Grove, in 13 years of coaching, it was the greatest comeback St. Mary's coach had ever been a part of and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Up two games and holding a 23-22 lead in Game 3, fifth-ranked Corbett was two points away from taking down the third ranked Crusaders in the Class 2A state tournament.
But St. Mary's climbed all the way back to claim third place in a 18-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 victory at Pacific University.
This marathon match came a night after going five games with Salem Academy in a losing effort.
"No matter how far they're down, they never give up," said St. Mary's coach James Joy. "It really was the most amazing comeback I've ever seen. We're absolutely proud of the girls."
It was also the best finish the Crusaders have had since taking third in 2000 and the first time they had reached the final site since 2002.
Junior libero Samantha Bayer was three digs away from tying the school record with 43, a night after setting a personal best with 41.
Kylee Adderson had 12 kills and eight blocks for St. Mary's and sophomore Alexi Provost-Sheen contributed 12 kills and seven blocks.
The Crusaders received 37 assists from junior setter Jordan Jackson and 20 digs and seven kills from Danielle Shubat.
SHELDON TAKES FOURTH — At Hillsboro, Southwest Conference champion Sheldon posted two wins in the consolation bracket at Liberty High.
The Irish downed McNary, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20, in the semifinals, then defeated Gresham 25-18, 25-16, 25-27, 25-23 in the finals.
HENLEY FINISHES FOURTH — At Eugene, Henley rallied after losing its opening round match Friday at Lane Community College.
The Hornets dispatched Newport in the consolation semifinals, 25-6, 25-20, 25-18. Then the Skyline Conference champion rallied past Astoria, 22-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-23, in the fourth-sixth place match.