It wasn’t a good day on the volleyball court for Days Creek and North Douglas on Friday.
The Wolves and Warriors saw their championship hopes dashed with losses in quarterfinal matches at the OSAA Class 1A tournament at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.
Fourth-seeded Days Creek fell 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 to No. 5 Hosanna Christian of Klamath Falls, while No. 1 North Douglas lost 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 to No. 8 Joseph.
The Wolves (29-6) and Warriors (28-7), who both play in the Skyline League North, will meet for the fourth time this season Saturday in a consolation match, beginning at 10 a.m. The winner advances to the fourth-place match at 2:15 p.m. and the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
North Douglas won the two regular season matches, but Days Creek prevailed in the Skyline Tournament title contest.
“We were hoping to see them (Wolves) in the semifinals instead of consolation,” said North Douglas coach Anne Campbell, whose club finished third and second in the past two state tournaments. “Our girls are disappointed right now, but they want to come out and play better tomorrow.”
Days Creek coach Ron Dunn had similar sentiments about his club.
“They want to play and show they deserve to be here,” he said.
Dunn was surprised with how poorly the Wolves performed against Hosanna Christian (25-8), which swept Joseph in the semifinals Saturday night.
“I wish I could explain it,” Dunn said. “We’d been playing so well, but played timid today and they jumped on us. We couldn’t get any momentum going and give credit to Hosanna Christian. They looked prepared.
“We didn’t attack, we didn’t do a good job of controlling the ball. We played not to make mistakes. Our body language wasn’t good after the first set.”
Arianna Helgren led North Douglas with 19 kills against Joseph. Abby Whipple made 16 digs, while Nicki Derrick contributed 13 assists and 13 digs.
“They (Eagles) played very well and we didn’t play as well as we needed to win,” Campbell said. “We played very timid and weren’t very aggressive. I think nerves affected the execution ... we seemed tight at the beginning. Our offense wasn’t real strong.”
In Friday’s other quarterfinals, No. 3 Crosshill Christian defeated No. 6 McKenzie in four sets and No. 2 Country Christian downed South Wasco County in four.
Country Christian (29-5) defeated Crosshill Christian in straight sets in the semifinals and moved into the championship match for the fourth straight year.