Robinson named first-team all-state
St. Paul senior Logan Robinson closed out her volleyball career by leading the Buckaroos to a fourth-place finish at state, the program's highest in four years at the 2A classification.
The outside hitter had been voted Tri-River Conference co-player of the year along with Central Linn's Makenna Northern, and named to the 2A all-state tournament second team. She added one final accolade earlier this month, and a big one at that, as state coaches voted her first-team all-state.
Robinson was not only great offensively, racking up 270 kills, she was also accurate from the serving line (96.2 percent) and a great passer, netting 126 digs and 146 passes to kill (P2K), a stat SPHS coach Lesli Hiller instituted this year to help track the transition from defense to offense.
Robinson said that she spent much of the offseason working with setters Marley Martinez and Karlee Southerland and credits the chemistry they developed for the progress she made as a senior.
"You're not going to get any hits unless your sets and your passes are there," Robinson said. "So working with them was a huge thing for me."
But Robinson took her game to another level late in the season, not only because the urgency of her final season nearing its close pushed her to leave everything she had on the court, but also to appreciate the time she had left. She said the turning point came during a district tournament loss to rival Kennedy.
"Something clicked with my hitting and from there I just started not thinking about it and having fun with my team and enjoying every second of it," Robinson said. "I think that was a huge part of it, not just putting in work but enjoying the time you have."
Robinson kept up her level of play in the postseason, averaging 15 kills and 11 P2K in three games at the state tournament in Redmond.
The Bucks lost a close match versus Central Linn 3-1 and the team's reaction afterward tested her leadership skills.
"We went back to our house that we had and we all were very quiet …," Robinson said. "We didn't talk at all and when we got into the house, we were all separate. The energy was very low."
Hiller reminded Robinson that she and the team still had two games left to play and that she sure wanted to win both of them.
That sparked something in Robinson, who turned around and rallied the team prior to returning to watch the semifinals that evening.
"At first, the captains shared what we thought and what we want," Robinson said. "From there we felt better and felt close and decided we were going to go out there and give it our all because that's all we could do at that point. We definitely did that for sure."
The Bucks closed out by sweeping both Heppner and Monroe to place fourth.
"That last game, for sure, it was good to end on a win," Robinson said. "For the seniors, especially, it was fun because everybody was involved and excited and you saw our love for the game."