MERLIN — South Umpqua volleyball coach Sarah Gray had no complaints about her team’s effort on Saturday.
The Lancers dropped a hard-fought decision to Cascade Christian in five sets in a Far West League seeding match at North Valley High School.
Set scores were 25-23, 14-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-7.
The clubs shared the FWL title during the regular season — each beating the other at home. The Challengers (19-5 overall), the two-time-defending 3A champions, will head into the state playoffs as the league’s top seed.
Cascade Christian was No. 1 and South Umpqua (16-4) No. 3 in the OSAA 3A power rankings Saturday evening. Both will host first-round matches on Saturday.
“Those were two of the best teams in the state playing today,” said Sarah Gray. “Our girls were disappointed with the loss, but fought hard. It was a good match for both teams going into the postseason. We played really well in the second set.”
Shalyn Gray, the daughter of the coach, finished with 15 kills, 14 digs and three blocks.Kalie Mann had seven kills and 12 digs, Sydnie Johnson contributed 27 assists, 13 digs and three kills, Alyssa Rainville chipped in four kills, five blocks and eight aces, and Jenna Whitmore added 10 digs and two kills in a losing cause.
Glide 3, Lakeview 0
GLIDE — The Glide volleyball team had no trouble advancing in the Southern Cascade League tournament, defeating the Honkers 25-14, 25-7, 25-15.
Freshman Kylie Anderson led the Wildcats (17-5 overall) with seven kills. Regan Deardorff added five kills and six digs, Johanna Pope had four kills and four digs, Mashayla Belloir contributed 10 assists and Alyssa Malek added seven digs.
Glide will host Bonanza (14-6), which defeated Lost River in four sets Saturday, in the tournament final at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will get the league’s top seed for the Class 2A playoffs.