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Crook County up two sets to one, but can't hold on for the upset; will face Tillamook in consolation round in hopes for fourth place

LON AUSTIN  - McKenzie Jonas skies for a kill shot against Marshfield Friday morning. The eighth-seeded Cowgirls gave the top-seed Pirates all the could handle but came up short, losing a five-set thriller.  The Crook County Cowgirls dropped a five-set thriller to the Marshfield Pirates Friday morning at the OSAA Class 4A Volleyball Championships, which are being held at Springfield High School.

The No. 1-ranked Pirates took the opening set 25-19 before the Cowgirls came fighting back to take the next two sets by identical 25-21 scores. However, Crook County was unable to keep the momentum as Marshfield came back to take the fourth set 25-17, then came back from a 5-1 deficit to take the fifth set 15-8.

Led by McKenzie Jonas with 25 kills and Lillimae Brumble with 11, the Cowgirls had 43 kills to 35 for the Pirates. Marshfield was led by Bridget Gould with 18 kills. Meanwhile, led by Tatum Montiel with eight, the Pirates finished with 18 aces compared to 16 for the Cowgirls, who got four aces each from Jaycee Villastrigo, Jacey Ramoss and Callie Winebarger.

Despite winning the offensive battle, Crook County lost because of mistakes, committing 22 hitting errors to just nine for Marshfield and 14 service errors to just eight for Marshfield.

Still, Crook County stayed in the match until the final point because of a solid defensive effort.

Marshfield advanced to the semifinals where they faced Baker Friday night, while Crook County fell into the consolation bracket where they will face Tillamook at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The winner will advance to the fourth-place match, where they will face the winner of Henley and The Dalles Saturday at noon.

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