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St. Mary's secures spot in 3A state tourney

The St. Mary's Crusaders will head to the state tournament fresh off their best performance of the season.

Kylee Adderson had 11 kills and seven blocks and Alexi Provost-Shean recorded eight kills, four blocks and two aces as St. Mary's trounced Blanchet, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21, in a Class 3A playoff match Saturday at St. Mary's High School.

The win advances the Crusaders to the final eight-team state tournament, Nov. 12-13 at Lane Community College.

"We have five seniors, so they want it really bad and everybody just came together," St. Mary's first-year head coach Colleen Christensen said. "Something clicked for them. They just really buckled down and they realized that you can't just have one go-to person because if that person (struggles), there's no plan B."

Also stepping up for St. Mary's (21-3) were libero Sam Bayer and setter Jordan Jackson. Bayer led the Crusaders with 20 digs and Jackson had 25 assists.

St. Mary's took control early in the first two games then survived a dogfight in Game 3 to secure a spot in next week's double-elimination state tourney.

Christensen attributed the clutch performance to the team's rededication this week to employing a more balanced attack.

"We really just came together as a team and everybody took their role, whether they were on the bench or starting, and it showed," Christensen said. "It was the best they've looked all season, by far. As a first-year coach, it was amazing to watch them play like that."

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Corvallis, defending Class 3A state champion Santiam Christian (32-2) swept Cascade Christian, 25-12, 25-13, 25-13, in the first round playoff match.

The contest was a rematch of last year's state championship contest.

The Challengers finish the year 15-11 overall.

Class 6A Volleyball

WEST LINN 3, ROSEBURG 0 — At West Linn, Bree Thomas had nine kills and Vanessa Bentley had 17 assists to lead Roseburg, but West Linn still secured a 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 win in the second round of the 6A playoffs.

Kabrissa Beamer added 18 digs for the Indians (22-5), while Lynsey Johnson added 12 assists, Anna Bruns had five kills and Cali Tovey 11 digs.

Class 5A Volleyball

LIBERTY 3, ASHLAND 0 — At Hillsboro, Ashland had four chances to force a fourth game but couldn't convert in a 25-20, 25-21, 28-26, round of 16 Class 5A playoff loss.

The Grizzlies (11-9) were led by middle blocker Sam Boehnke's season high 25 kills, while Piper Cantrell added 24 digs and Cassie Hall 37 assists.

Liberty (19-3) advances to the 5A state tournament, which the Falcons will host on Friday and Saturday.

Class 4A Volleyball

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, ONTARIO 0 — At Murphy, top-ranked Hidden Valley beat Ontario (6-18), 25-10, 25-7, 25-10, in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Mustangs (25-1) will play Baker (21-5) in the eight-team quarterfinals on Friday at Lane Community College.

Water Polo

ASHLAND BOYS, GIRLS ADVANCE — At Albany, freshman Ada Lawson scored four goals in the first quarter as the Ashland girls team jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter en route to an 18-6 victory over Madras in a Class 5A/4A sub-state match Saturday.

The Ashland boys also cruised, taking an 8-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 17-7 victory over Summit.

The wins advanced both Grizzly squads to the final four-team state tournament next week at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. The Ashland girls will face Sandy in Friday's semifinal round, while the Ashland boys will take on Parkrose.

Lawson finished with seven goals and one assist to lead the Ashland girls, who improved to 11-2. Sarah Kasiah added eight goals and two assists, Molly Cochrane eight steals and four assists and Aubrie Georgevitch seven steals.

For the Grizz boys (13-1), Forrest Kollar led the way with six goals (all in the first quarter), six assists and four steals, and goalie Miles Furuichi had 12 saves. James Compeau added two goals, an assist and a field block.