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And then.... there were 8. The 2008 State 4A Volleyball Tournament kicks off Friday afternoon and promises high level, high intensity Volleyball for players and fans alike. This year, the 8 "Cream of the Crop" teams make predicting a winner difficult at best. With very little parity from 1st ranked Sisters to 8th ranked Douglas, there are no Cinderella teams in this year's tournament. All have paid their dues and earned the undisputable right to be here. First round 4A matches will be played at 1:15 and 3:15. Winner of these 4 matches wll play again Friday evening at 8:30pm. Losing teams will play at 10:00am Saturday morning.Douglas Trojans, located in Winston, Oregon, just 10 miles southest of Roseburg. Coached by Carl Bone, who has spent the past 22 years coaching volleyball. He's been head coach at Douglas High since 1995 and has qualified for the State playoffs 6 out of the last 8 years. Douglas placed 5th in last years tournament and lost only 3 seniors from that squad. They've bounced in and out of the Top 10 coaches poll all season with 8th being their highest ranking. The best Douglas has placed in State competition is 4th (Consolation) in 1984. They reign as the #2 team and sole survivors of the FarWest League. The #1 seed from the FarWest Conference was Siuslaw who went down fighting in a 3-2 down-to-the-wire loss to Marist in the 2nd round last weekend. Douglas is led by senior, setter Alaina Findlay, senior MH's, Courtney Bush and Rachel Erickson, senior OH, Stacia Blankenship, senior DS, Kenzie Dahl and Anna Pleich, senior libero, Kim Mintz and juniors RS, Janna Shigley and OH, Taylor Bond. This Douglas team is one of the oldest teams here, consisting primarily of upperclassman who are hungry for a top place finish this season. They play Henley at 1:15, Court 1.
Henley Hornets, hail just a few miles south of Klamath Falls, Henley travels the furthest out of the 8 teams this year. Closing in on 30 years of coaching Henley Volleyball, Coach Chuck Shannon has become a fixture at these tournaments. He has 3 Championships, 4, 2nd place finishes and numerous 3rd-8th place finishes. The Hornets finished the season with a perfect 8-0 conference record granting them the #1 seed out of the Skyline Conference. Henley hosted Stayton last weekend in the 2nd round, winning in 3 straight sets. Henley is led by senior setter, Sierra Patzke, sophomore OH, Autumn Wedan, junior MH, Taylor Wallace and senior DS, Kayla Bowker. Henley is one of the four teams here that have remained in the top 4 of the Coaches Polls all season long.
Sisters Outlaws, 2007 State 4A Champions! Ranked #1 all season long, the Outlaws have lost only 1 match this season and that was to conference rival, Marist in mid-September. Last season was Coach Diane Bremer's first year and what a year it was. It's quite an accomplishment to win the State Title as a 1st year coach. Sisters has won the State Title twice; last year and in 1996. The Outlaws finish the season tied with Marist with 11-1 records for each. At the league playoff to determine 1st and 2nd seed, Sisters won in 3 straight sets. Last weekend, Sisters hosted North Bend in the 2nd round of playoffs, winning 3-1, ending North Bends hopes of another Lane appearance. Sisters roster is chalk full of experience, depth, size and power. Leading the way is 2008, Sky-Em Player of the Year & 2007 2nd Team All Tournament selection senior OH, Felicia Pledger, junior 1st Team Sky-Em selection, DS, Jessica Snow, 1st Team Sky-Em, senior OH, Shea Kotal, junior OH and 2007 2nd Team All Tournament selection, Haylee Schaab and junior setter, Dani Thompson. Sisters will play Yamhill-Carlton at 1:15, Court 2.
Yamhill-Cartlon Tigers, the only team in the tournament coming from a town with no stoplights! YC finished their season with a 9-1 record and the #1 Cowapa seed. They have held the #8 ranking in the Coaches poll for most of the season. Coached by Julie McGraw, who has coached for the past 25 years with the last 8 being at YC. She took her team to State in 03 and 04 but they lost early in pool play. The prior coach took a YC team to State in 1980 and they too, lost in the first round. 2008 marks YC's 4th trip to State but it's first ever top 8 team in school history. The YC community, fans and school couldn't be prouder of what this talented, young team has accomplished this season. With a roster full of juniors, this Tiger team shows great promise to return again next year. YC is led by junior OH's Elle Anderson, Alexis Findley and Sami Lee. Senior OH, Natalee Uhlich and senior libero, Amanda Chism along with junior setter, Whitney Ogden and freshman DS, Madi Ogden. This group has played Club VB together since 7th grade which Coach McGraw feels is one of the main reasons for their success.
Hidden Valley Mustangs are are making their 1st ever appearance at State in school history! Coached by veteran high school Coach, Robert Jackson, in his 4th year as Volleyball coach and his 13th year as HV Boys Basketball Coach. Hidden Valley enters the tournament as the #2 seed from the Skyline League and as the 6th ranked team in the State. With a league record of 6-2, HV's 2 league losses come from #1 seed conference rival, Henley. Baker traveled to Hidden Valley last weekend in the 2nd round but lost in 3 straight sets to the tournaments "Newcomers". Led by seniors Haley Fisko and Chauncie Porter, junior Lacy Wood, sophomore Sabrina Peckham and freshman Bailey Bars. The Mustangs will play Central at 3:15 on Court 1.
Central Panthers are making their 2nd consecutive appearance to the final 8 in school history! Last year the Panthers forever etched their first mark iin the OSAA record books by winning the 3rd place trophey. 12th year coach, Claudine Mendazona's team has won the Valco Title for the last 4 years, never giving up a single game in League and leaving them with an impressive 42-0 League record. The Panthers have held the #2 ranking in the State all season long. Cottage Grove traveled to Independence last weekend to play Central in the 2nd round of playoffs, Central won in 3 straight sets. Central is led by 2006 & 2008 Valco League Player of the Year, 1st Team All Tournament-07, senior setter, Leighanne MacCarthy, 2007 Valco Player of the Year and 1st Team All League 06, 07 & 08, 1st Team All-State-07, 1st Team All-Tournament senior OH, Rachel Swanson, Valco 1st Team All League senior OH, Christine Bansen and Valco 2nd Team All League, senior MB, Jaimie Norman. These highly decorated seniors as well as seniors Sarah Ritacco and Taylor Hoffman have played volleyball together since middle school on the Pink Panther Club team. Central, along with Douglas High School, are the two teams in this tournament with senior-heavy rosters.
LaSalle Falcons emerge from the Capital League as the #1 seed, with a 12-0 league record. The Falcons are a common site at the State Volleyball tournament, having won 5 Championships, the most recent was in 1997. LaSalle has placed in the top 8 numerous times with a 3rd place finish in 03 and a 4th place finish in 04 as their most recent accomplishments. LaSalle hosted Banks in the 2nd round of playoffs last weekend and won in 3, hard fought, close sets. First year head coach, Liz McClung has done a great job in her debut season, competing in the always talented Capital League, LaSalle finished the season ahead of the mighty Estacada Rangers for the first time in many years! Coach McClung praises the leadership of her junior OH, Jenny Pliska, seniors Monica Larson, MB and Amanda Zea, OH. LaSalle has held the #3 State ranking in the Coaches Poll all season and will surely give the crowds at this tournament some great volleyball moments. LaSalle will play Marist at 3:15 on Court 2.
Marist Spartans, another common sight at the State Volleyball fnals, enter the 08 tournament as the #2 seed from the Sky-Em League and 5th in the Coaches Top 10 Poll. Marist finished their season play with a league record of 11-1. They then traveled to the #1 seed from FarWest, Siuslaw where they fought in 5, long, tough sets to overcome the Vikings and earn one of the coveted 8 spots at Lane. The Spartans have won 3 State Titles and several other 2nd-8th place finishes. Most recent was 2003 where they won the Consolation Trophey, 4th place. Coach Shari Pimental has been at the helm for over a decade for Marist High Volleyball and always brings talented and battle ready teams to the tournament. Marists' roster if fairly young and statistically led by junior M,Allie Rogers, Senior OH's Kyleigh Gerard and Amanda Hagstrom, Junior libero Danielle Gehrke, junior OH Tianna Cardani, sophomore setter, Alexis Mollahan and sophomore OH, Zoe Martin.