Estacada advances to playoffs with four-set win over North Bend
ESTACADA — After losing in the play-in match the last two seasons, the Estacada volleyball team wasn't going to let it happen for a third straight year.
Rangers middle blocker Sophia Davies had 20 kills and 16 digs as Estacada pulled off the 3-1 match victory over North Bend on Saturday, winning 20-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19 and advancing to the state playoffs.
"It's a crazy feeling," Davies said. "It seems like we always make it to these play-ins, but we haven't been able to get past this game. It was a big hump for us to get over, but we did it."
Estacada has dealt with adversity all season with key injuries to sophomores Rylie Canifax and Tessa Riedel, so for the Rangers to rally and still make it into the round of 16 is a big deal.
"I feel like we have really come together. It's obvious that everyone wants it," Estacada head coach Shawna Lippert said. "They are becoming more of a team every time we step out on the court."
Both squads would go back and forth in the first game, but a handful of service and hitting errors allowed North Bend to go on a 10-5 run and take the set 25-20.
"It was important that we didn't get in our head after getting down. We needed to stay positive," Estacada outside hitter Karlye Nakashimada said.
Despite the early mistakes, the Rangers would clean things up moving forward. Back-to-back aces from Emily Gant and a kill from Trinty Gach put Estacada up 13-7 in the second game. Kills from Davies and Sidnee Keller moments later allowed the Rangers to extend the lead to 23-14 and Gach would end the game with a monster kill to tie the match at 1-1.
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