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St. Paul opens the Redmond tournament Friday against league-rival Perrydale

PHIL HAWKINS -- WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - St. Paul sophomore Jordan Caldwell sets up a teammate for the kill in the Bucks' 3-0 win over Crane on Saturday.

The St. Paul volleyball team made short work of its opponent in the second round of the 1A playoffs, defeating the Crane Mustangs 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-10) to enter the quarterfinal tournament in Redmond this weekend as the top-seeded team.

The No. 1 Buckaroos (14-0 Casco, 27-0 overall) are making a return to the 1A tournament after qualifying for the quarterfinals in seven consecutive seasons from 2007 to 2013 before moving up to the 2A classification in 2014.

Now that the Bucks are back in 1A, the program seeks its first state championship berth since 1993, but must first face off against a familiar opponent.

St. Paul opens the quarterfinals Friday morning against league rival and No. 9 seed Perrydale (26-6, 11-3 Casco). The two teams met three times during the regular season, most recently in the Casco League championship game, where the Buckaroos defeated the Pirates 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-13).

Since then, Perrydale has won two straight to return to the quarterfinal tournament for the first time since placing fourth in 2015.

The winner of Friday's match will advance to the semifinals later that evening against either No. 4 North Douglas (26-6, 13-0 Skyline) or No. 5 Days Creek (21-8, 11-2 Skyline).

The state championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

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