Hermiston bowed out of the Class 5A volleyball

tournament with a three-set loss to Marshfield in the consolation

semifinals Saturday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

Set scores were 25-16, 25-15, 25-15.

“We learned we could compete with the teams here,”

Hermiston head coach Becky Wadekamper said. “We learned we could do

it and not play club ball. This team is full of great athletes, and

even better kids.”

The Bulldogs fell behind early in the first two sets

and let Marshfield’s Kirby Neale and Peyton Babb go to work in the

middle of the floor.

The third set, however, it was the Dawgs that jumped

out to a big lead.

After two kills from Crystal Schmidt, Hermiston was

leading the third set 7-1, but a Marshfield timeout seemed to calm

the momentum the Dawgs had built.

The Pirates slowly climbed back into the match behind

the serving of setter Courtney Paris. She served up three aces to

bring her club back within two points at 9-7.

Hermiston had trouble receiving the serve from the

Pirates at times, and no time was worse than in the third set to

give Marshfield a chance to take the lead.

Marshfield’s Kara Young delivered an ace to tie the

match at 10-10, then a set interference call on Hermiston gave the

Pirates a 12-11 lead — one they didn’t relinquish on their way to

claim the match.

The Dawgs were able to come with three points of the

Pirates after Maloree Moss’ tip kill to make the score 16-13, but

Marshfield went on a 4-0 flurry that culminated on a Young tip kill

to seal the match. From the 16-13 deficit, Hermiston scored just

two points the rest of the match.

Marshfield beat Liberty to claim the consolation

championship, fourth place, while Hermiston and Mountain View were

the two schools that didn’t earn a trophy.

The Dawgs finished the season 19-8 and won the

Columbia River Conference with an 11-1 record. 

This season marked the first time Hermiston qualified

for the final site in 10 years. The team made the final site in

2001, then a 16-team tournament, at the Chiles Center on the

University of Portland campus.

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