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Crook County wins tough three-set match over Spartans to make 4A final eight tournament in Springfield

LON AUSTIN  - McKenzie Jonas, 10, had a huge game for Crook Couknty in their straight-set victory over Marist Saturday in Prineville. The win got the Cowgirls into the 4A State Tournament in Springfield starting Friday.The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team took care of business on Saturday, defeating Marist Catholic in straight sets to win their first round playoff game and advance to the OSAA Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament.

The Cowgirls will face No. 1-ranked Marshfield in the state quarterfinals at 8 a.m. Friday morning at Springfield High School.

The ninth-ranked Spartans and the eighth-ranked Cowgirls went toe to toe for the entire match. Although the Cowgirls won in straight sets, that doesn't mean the win was easy. The taller Spartans battled the entire match as the Cowgirls came away with a hard-fought 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 win.

Senior McKenzie Jonas had a monster match for the Cowgirls going 15-16 from the service line with five aces, blasting 21 kills, picking up six digs, and three blocks to lead Crook County to the win.

Fellow senior Jacey Ramoss finished with 29 assists on the day as well as going 10-10 from the service line with a pair of aces.

As a team, Crook County finished with 15 aces in the match and 31 kills, while the Spartans had seven aces and 24 kills.

Freshman Lillimae Brumble added six kills and a pair of blocks, while sophomore Cylie Hartzell had a pair of blocks. Defensively Crook County was led by junior Jaycee Villastrigo who finished with 29 digs and also went 14-15 from the service line with a pair of aces.

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