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You are here: Home Volleyball Menu / Archives Volleyball Recaps 1A Volleyball - Quarterfinals & Semifinals

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1A Volleyball - Quarterfinals & Semifinals

Griswold (Helix) advances to the 1A championship, where the Grizzlies will face Imbler. In Saturday's 3rd-5th place match, St. Paul will face Crow in what easily could have been tomorrow's championhip match.

Continue to follow all the OSAA 1A tournament right here …

 

SEMIFINALS

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Helix def. Crow, 25-19, 25-22, 27-29, 24-26, 18-16

Can it get any better than this in tomorrow's championship match? Last year, Griswold (Helix) battled Imbler in a 50game match for 3rd place, which made the Dufur's 3-0 sweep in the title match almost an afterthought. Friday night, Helix (Big Sky #1) and Crow (Mt. West # 1) put on another 5-game thriller with Crow scoring 16 points in the 5th game - but still lost.

Helix took the first two games, 25-19, 25-22 to push the Cougars to the brink. But Crow fought back and took the Grizzlies to extra innings, winning game three, 29-27 and game four, 26-24. The 5th and final game - played to 15 - also required some extra effort with Helix pulling out an 18-16 win.

With the win, Helix advances to the championship game against Imbler. This season, the two 1A powerhouses played each other in a nonleague, home-and-home series, with each team winning on its home court 3-2. If Saturday's championship fails to go five games, it would almost be a dissapointment.

 

Imbler def. St. Paul, 29-27, 22-25, 12-25, 25-11, 15-9

 

After a 29-27 win to open the match, the Panthers found themselves down, 2-1, after the Buckaroos took games two and three, 25-22 and 25-12. But coach Jennifer Teeter's team has faced this situation before and the Panthers resilience paid off as Imbler took game four, 25-11, to square the match at two games apiece.

 

Imbler pulled away in game five, winning 15-9, to set up a championship match with Helix that many 1A fans had predicted all along. As noted above, Griswold and Imbler are no strangers to each other, even though they play is different leagues. Each team has beaten the other this year, requiring five games each time.

 

Meanwhile, a very good St. Paul team will play an equally capable Crow squad in the 3rd-5th place game. A point or two either way Friday night could have turned the St.Paul-Crow match into the title match. That's how good the 1A play has been in 2008.

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QUARTERFINALS

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St. Paul def. Southwest Christian, 14-25, 25-22, 25-14, 14-25, 18-16

On paper, this quarterfinal match appeared to be a mismatch between a #1 seed with a tough nonleague schedule against a #3 regular season finisher that hadn’t played a school outside its league until the OSAA playoffs began. But such predictions are often worth less than the figurative paper upon which they are printed.Southwest Christian (Valley 10 #1) gave St. Paul (Casco #1) all it could handle – and then some – in a thrilling five-game match that had the entire Pacific University gym crowd surrounding Court 2.

The Wildcats, making their first ever appearance at the tournament did not display the jitters normally associated with playing on the big stage for the first time. Instead, in game 1, it was St. Paul playing like they had not been here before. SWC cruised to a surprisingly easy 25-14 win in game 1 to set the tone for this match. In game 2, the Buckaroos broke a 22-22 tie to take the game, 25-22 and even the match at 1-1. St. Paul continued its momentum into game 3, busting out to an early 13-6 lead en route to a 25-14 win and a 2-1 lead in the match. But SWC was not ready to head to Saturday’s breakfast bracket so soon as they burst out to early 13-3 and 15-5 leads in game 4. The Wildcats maintained that spread to a 25-14 win, forcing a decisive game 5. 

In the fifth and final game, SWC jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead, leaving the St. Paul “Blue Crew” more than a little nervous. Then Julie Drescher took over. The senior OH earned a sideout and the serve, trailing 6-2. When the senior’s term of service ended, St. Paul had a 9-6 lead, which they extended to 13-10 and eventually 14-13. But the Wildcats would not quit, tieing the game and then taking their own 16-15 lead. But match point would not come for SWC as St. Paul earned a sideout and a 16-16 score. With junior Roree Lewis serving, St, Paul won the final two points on Dresher kills, sending St. Paul into Friday’s semifinal against Imbler. Southwest Christian will indeed play Saturday morning, but not after earning the respect and underdog admiration from all in attendance. 

Imbler def. Days Creek, 25-10, 25-23, 25-20

The Panthers (OOL #2) handed Days Creek (Skyline #1) its first loss to a 1A school with a clean, 3-0 sweep in the other 10:00 am quarterfinal. Before the match, Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter thought her team was mentally up to the challenge. “This match will come down to who has the most heart. Our girls have been tested all season and they are ready,” said Teeter. Indeed they were, as the Panthers opened up an early 10-3 lead in game 1 and never looked back, winning easily 25-10.

In game 2, the Wolves and Panthers battled to a 21-21 tie before Imbler pulled ahead for the 25-23 victory. Likewise in game 3, the two teams locked up in a 19-19 tie before Imbler reeled off five straight points with junior Sarah Bowers serving. A net foul gave the sideout to Days Creek, but the Wolves could score no more as Imbler closed out the game and match, 25-20.

After the game, coach Teeter said here team gained a lot of confidence from their big game 1 win. “After we got that big win early, our girls felt confident that no matter what, they still led the match and kept up the pressure.” Imbler will face St. Paul in Friday’s semifinal, while Days Creek will try to stay alive against Southwest Christian tomorrow morning. 

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Griswold (Helix) def. Crane, 25-20, 25-11, 24-26, 25-16, 15-11

The Grizzlies from Helix entered the tournament with high hopes and expectations from their players, coach and fans. Many predicted Helix to reach Saturday night’s championship game. But the Crane Mustangs had its own plans for Saturday night. After Crane took a 2-1 lead with a dramatic 26-24 win in game 3, the Grizzlies had their backs up against the tree. Calling upon a talented team with deep playoff and tournament experience, Helix rallied to take game 4, 25-16 and force a deciding fifth game.

In the final game the Mustangs and Grizzlies were tied at 11-11 with fans from both schools rocking the Pacific University court 2. Reaching down as potential champions often do, Helix scored the final four points to take the game and match. With the win, the Big Sky #1 seed will play Crow in Friday’s semifinal. Crane, the #2 seed from the High Desert League, will face Prospect in Saturday morning’s elimination round. 

Crow def. Prospect, 25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 25-15 

The Cougars won – and lost – in the other early quarterfinal action. Crow (HDL #2) handed Prospect (Mt. Valley #1) its first loss of the season with a 3-1 win on court 1. Prospect entered the tournament as the only undefeated team, but with a schedule that contained only 1A schools and little nonleague tournament action. 

With the win, the Crow Cougars will face Griswold in Friday’s semifinal, while the Prospect Cougars will continue their quest for a 4th place trophy with an early elimination match against Days Creek.

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