REEDSPORT — The Heppner Mustangs entered the first round of the 2A Volleyball State Tournament after not-so-hot performance in the Columbia Basin Conference district tournament. But Heppner didn’t sweat it, and went to town against the Reedsport Braves.
The Mustangs (19-8) won in straight sets (27-25, 25-21, 25-20) on the road.
“I am very proud of my team’, head coach Mindy Wilson said. “They had to make some adjustments, which is to be expected. The gym was loud and they had to figure out how to be loud too. Them being able to overcome all those little obstacle, shows the growth of this team.”
The Braves (14-10) didn’t make it easy but an all around team effort pushed Heppner past Reedsport. Morgan Correa led the offense with 10 kills, and recorded two blocks. Nicole Propheter also had an impressive night at the net with seven kills.
The defensive efforts were lead by Sydney Wilson, who finished the day with 31 digs. Play from the service line also aided in the Mustang’s sweep. Three players came out of the match with perfect serving records. Jaycee Currie and Sophie Grant went 10-for-10 and Madison Combe was 13-for-13. Currin also led the team with 18 assists.
“The team support is phenomenal,” Wilson said, “and I couldn’t ask for a better team to take to the State Tournament.”
Heppner will play Culver on Nov. 3 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. The match will begin at 8 a.m. on Court 1. The Mustangs will get a chance to redeem themselves against the Bulldogs, who delivered the sweep in the CBC district tournament.
SANDY 3, PENDLETON 0 — Pendleton fought to keep its postseason hopes alive, but ultimately came up short against Sandy on the road. The Pioneers complete the sweep (25-16, 25-17, 25-23) to knock the Buckaroos out of the 5A state championships.
Sandy entered the match with momentum on its side. The Pioneers (15-6) were coming off of a four-game winning streak, dropping only three sets in the process. The Bucks (15-7) also entered off a big win, a four-set play-in victory over Hillsboro, but couldn’t harness those efforts Saturday.
Sandy will face Corvallis on Nov. 3 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. The match will be played on Court 2 at 3:15 p.m
COUNTY CHRISTIAN 3, ECHO 0 — Echo was ready for Round 1 of the 1A state championship after a big 3-0 victory at home Wednesday. But the tables turned when the Cougars went to visit County Christian.
Echo was handed the same fate it delivered just three days ago, and fell in three straight sets (25-13, 25-16, 25-17).
County Christian will play North Clackamas Christian/South Wasco County on Nov. 3 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. The match will begin on Court 2 at 3:15 p.m.
NORTH DOUGLAS 3, HELIX 2 — Helix worked to keep its season afloat, but the five-set match ended in favor of North Douglas.
The Grizzlies (21-9) came back to force a fifth set after dropping the first two 25-20 and 25-14, respectively.
Helix held off North Douglass in the third set, winning 20-25, and squeaked by in the fourth set, 25-27. The Grizzles were close to coming away with the victory, but gave up the fifth and final set 17-15.
North Douglas will move on to play Joseph on Nov. 3 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. The match will begin at 1:15 p.m. on Court 1.
RIVERSIDE — The Riverside Pirates still have yet to be defeated this season, but their perfect record was tarnished Saturday after a 2-2 draw against Catlin Gabel.
Riverside still holds on to the No. 1 ranking, and will host Creswell in the first round of the 3A/2A/1A Boys Soccer State Championships on Nov. 1.