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 Marshfields 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.
Marshfields 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 didnt 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 didnt 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.