The South Umpqua, Glide, Reedsport, Days Creek and North Douglas volleyball teams will all be involved in playoff matches on Saturday, with state tournament berths on the line.
In Class 3A, No. 3-ranked South Umpqua (16-4) will host No. 14 Irrigon (14-9) at 1 p.m. in Tri City.
In 2A, No. 8 Glide (18-5) meets No. 9 Culver (24-6) at 4 p.m. in Glide and No. 16 Reedsport (12-13) travels to Mt. Angel to face No. 1 Kennedy (26-1) for a 2 p.m. contest.
In 1A, No. 5 Days Creek (20-8) hosts No. 12 Alsea (22-10) at 5 p.m. and No. 4 North Douglas (25-6) is at home against No. 13 Adrian (19-11) in a 1 p.m. match.
Here’s a look at the five matchups:
IRRIGON AT SOUTH UMPQUA — The Lancers, coming off a strong regular season where they shared the Far West League title with No. 1 Cascade Christian, are hoping to earn their first state tournament berth since 2000.
The Knights are the No. 2 seed from the Eastern Oregon League.
“Our girls are ready,” said S.U. coach Sarah Gray, who guided the 2000 Lancers team in her first stint with the program. “I’m very excited for them, I have a lot of confidence in them. We’re happy to be playing at home.”
South Umpqua hasn’t played since last Saturday, when it lost to Cascade Christian in five sets in a FWL seeding match.
“I know their roster, and size-wise we’ll match up really well,” replied Sarah Gray, when asked how much of a scouting report she had on Irrigon.
The Knights played last Saturday, defeating Vale in five sets in a league tournament match. Irrigon has four seniors on its roster.
S.U. has a talented lineup which includes seniors Tayah Kelley, Alyssa Rainville, Sydnie Johnson and Kalie Mann, and juniors Jenna Whitmore and Shalyn Gray.
CULVER AT GLIDE — The Wildcats are seeking their third state tournament berth in four years, this time in 2A.
The Bulldogs finished second behind Kennedy in the Tri-River Conference. They were swept by the Trojans Tuesday in a league tournament match. Culver has 10 seniors on its roster.
Glide, which beat Bonanza in four sets Tuesday in a Southern Cascade League tournament final, is led by 5-10 senior middle blocker Johanna Pope. The ’Cats’ senior class also features Regan Deardorff, Mashayla Belloir, Julia Spens, Alyssa Malek, Jordan Williams and Taya Nehl.
REEDSPORT AT KENNEDY — The Brave will be a huge underdog against the Trojans, who finished third in the 2017 state tournament.
Kennedy is unbeaten against Oregon competition this season. Its lone loss came to Kings Way, Washington.
Reedsport finished second behind Coquille in the Sunset Conference. The Brave have five seniors, but freshman Jenna Corcoran, sophomore Riley Wright and junior Makenzie Seeley have played big roles.
ALSEA AT DAYS CREEK — Wolves coach Ron Dunn is familiar with the Wolverines, who eliminated Umpqua Valley Christian in four sets at home Wednesday.
“It’s fun we’re playing Alsea. We attended the same team camp (in Seaside) last summer,” said Dunn. “We’re evenly matched. I think it’s a good challenge and I’m glad we have the home court.”
Alsea finished second behind McKenzie in the Mountain West League. The Wolverines beat North Douglas and McKenzie in the McKenzie RPI Tournament.
Days Creek is led by junior outside hitters Joleen Crume and Moriah Michaels. Senior middle blocker Brianna Kewish, senior setter Kyla Crume and senior libero Lexi Jackson have also performed well.
“I like our offense,” said Dunn. “We’re pretty dynamic.”
The Wolves are seeking their third straight state tournament appearance.
ADRIAN AT NORTH DOUGLAS — The Warriors, who handled Rogue Valley Adventist in three sets Wednesday, will play at home for the second time this week.
The Antelopes defeated Wallowa in five sets in the first round. Adrian, the No. 2 team out of the High Desert League, lost to North Douglas in the 1A Season Preview at Country Christian.
The Warriors feature a potent 1-2 punch in seniors Arianna Helgren and Abby Whipple. Libero Samantha MacDowell has turned in an outstanding first season of high school volleyball. Juniors Rilie-Jo Olds and Hope Morgan are other offensive threats.
A victory sends N.D. to the state tournament for the fifth consecutive year.