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Days Creek's Kyla Crume hugs freshman Jazz Mackey, center, as the Wolves celebrate a four-set victory over North Douglas to earn the Skyline League district volleyball tournament title.

DAYS CREEK — Mental toughness helped Days Creek defeat Alsea in four sets in the second round off the 2A state volleyball playoffs on Saturday.

Set scores were 25-18, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18.

"We kept our heads up," D.C. coach Ron Dunn said. "We had moments where our transition game wasn't very clean, but we never really dropped our head down. Even in the third set when we lost, we kept our heads up.

"I'm really proud of our girls for finding the momentum and keeping the momentum."

Kyla Crume had 20 assists and had eight kills on 10 attempts for the Wolves. Megan Kruzic contributed 26 assists, Moriah Michaels added 21 kills and 12 digs.

Joleen Crume had 17 kills and eight digs, Lexi Jackson added 10 digs and freshman Shandiin Newton led the team with four aces.

Days Creek will play North Douglas at 8 a.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

The two teams faced each other four times this season and are 2-2. "It should be intense and fun," Dunn said. "The team that does the little things right will come away with the win."

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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Sanne Godfrey is the education reporter for The News-Review.

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