Valley Catholic handles Sutherlin in volleyball playoffs
The Valiants dispatch Sutherlin in three games in the Class 4A state playoffs
Valley Catholic showed why its the top ranked team in the state last Saturday evening as the host Valiants quickly dispatched of Sutherlin in the opening round of the OSAA 4A Volleyball State Playoffs.
Outside hitters Regan Dean and Lizzy Osborn combined for 33 of Valley Catholics 42 kills in the Valiants convincing 25-15, 25-14, 25-10 victory over the Bulldogs.
Valley Catholic, which improved to 20-4 on the season, will take on ninth-ranked Tillamook - a team the Valiants have beat three times already this season - in tomorrows quarterfinals at Forest Grove High School. The match is set to begin at 1:15 p.m.
(Tillamook) is a good team and its hard to beat a good team four times in a row, said Valley Catholic Head Coach Becky Kemper. Its one match at a time.
The Valiants finished fourth at state last season and are hungry for a championship.
On Saturday, they used a noticeable size advantage to put Sutherlin on its heels for most of the match.
We used our intimidation a little bit tonight, said senior middle blocker Brenna Barton, who continued her stellar play with a pair of blocks.
I was really proud of how we put everything out there. You never really know whats going to happen when you play a team youve never seen before.
Sutherlin, who finished its season at 13-9, showed some mettle and hung with Valley Catholic early. The first set was tied at 10 before the Valiants took control.
Deans emphatic spike just inside the back line put an exclamation point on Valley Catholics 15-5 run to end the set.
Going in we felt really confident, but we didnt overlook this game, said Dean. We came in ready to play and ready to play hard.
The minute we stepped on the court we went hard and never stopped. We play for each other and that is one reason we have a lot of success.
Dean filled up the stat sheet with a game-high 21 kills, six digs and two blocks, but knows Valley Catholic still has room to get better as they push for a state title.
I think the number one thing we can improve on is our serving, she added. Often times we are a little bit inconsistent. Our serving and our passing game are what will bring us to the next level.
Osborn finished with 12 kills and sophomore Kayla Robbins added six.
We took advantage of the fact that they had a short setter, continued Kemper. I told my big hitters lets go right over that. They had fun with it.