Days Creek and North Douglas ended their respective volleyball seasons with losses at the 1A state tournament at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.
In the match for third place, No. 3 Hosanna Christian defeated No. 4 North Douglas. Set scores were 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20.
“I feel like we played good volleyball,” N.D. coach Anne Campbell said. “There was a strong field and the two teams we lost to were higher ranked than us. And, when it comes down to it, they played better volleyball. But I still feel like we played the best we’ve played all season.”
Senior Abby Whipple had 12 kills, 19 assists and 24 digs for the Warriors and senior Arianna Helgren contributed 11 kills and 22 digs.
Helgren was selected to the first team all-tournament. Whipple made the second team.
North Douglas also had two players who came off the bench with a strong performance: senior Joanna Alcantar contributed eight digs and freshman Halli Vaughn had three aces, four kills and three blocks.
“I’m happy with our season,” Campbell said. “We started out without Nicki Derrick so we had two players, Abby and Arianna, who took on the role of setter and they got us through until we got Nicki back in October. Then we gradually improved throughout that month and I think we peaked at the right time and walked away with a trophy.”
St. Paul won the state title with a 25-16, 12-25, 25-6, 25-12 win over Powder Valley in the final.
Days Creek dropped a five set match to Perrydale in the consolation bracket. No. 9 Perrydale defeated the No. 5 Wolves 25-23, 8-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-9.
“We were on a bit of roller coaster this tournament and we just never came out on the good end,” Days Creek coach Ron Dunn said. “We showed moments of greatness, but not consistently enough.”
Joleen Crume had 17 kills in the consolation match and Lori Jackson had seven blocks.
Days Creek freshman Fiona Ketchem served seven straight points for the Wolves and had a pair of aces. “She didn’t play much for us this season, but she’s worked hard all year and she really gave us a lift,” Dunn said.
Shandiin Newton contributed three aces and Kyla Crume had 22 aces.
“It was a great season and, I think I speak for all of us that, we were a little disappointed that we didn’t play more consistently,” Dunn said. “Everybody realizes getting here was great and we had a great experience, but we all feel like we had some unfinished business.”
It was the third consecutive year the Wolves made it to the state tournament. Lexi Jackson, Jazz Jandura, Lori Jackson, Cyndal Brown, Brianna Kewish and Kyla Crume will graduate at the end of the school year.
Perrydale went on to win the fourth place match 25-18, 26-24, 13-25, 15-25, 15-13 over No. 11 Crosshill Christian.