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The Saints were outdueled by the Hawks over five sets after an injury to Kali Dransfeldt forced on court adjustments

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Clackamas Christian sophomore Ella Remsburg stepped in for the injured Kali Dransfeldt in the quarterfinal matchup against Rogue Valley Adventist Academy.

North Clackamas Christian's run to a state title game was cut short in the quarterfinals by the Mountain Valley League champion Rogue Valley Adventist Academy on Nov. 4. The Saints were downed 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8) in an ultra-competitive matchup.

One of the pivotal points of the matchup came when senior outside hitter Kali Dransfeldt came down awkwardly and injured her ankle. While she was able to walk off under her own power, her morning was over. Head coach Grant Nelson knew it was a big loss for his team, but though they competed well in spite of her absence.

"She's great everywhere," Nelson said. "She's a great offensive player, defensive player, and server. So losing her in all three of those spots is tough. But I thought we battled pretty well for not having those options."

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Clackamas Christian sophomore Ella Remsburg and junior setter Olivia Woody share a moment after scoring a point against Rogue Valley Adventist Academy.

Nelson plugged in sophomore outside hitter Ella Remsburg to fill Dransfeldt's position.

Rogue Valley Adventist Academy was consistent and persistent though, not letting up and avoiding defeat after losing the first and third sets. Down the stretch, the Hawks pulled away from the Saints in the tiebreaker.

Despite the disappointing loss, Nelson knows that his team still has a chance to finish the season off with a win. In the first consolation game on Nov. 5 against Umpqua Valley Christian, the team swept the Monarchs 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-17) to advance to the fourth place game against Crane.

Nelson didn't have to motivate his team very much to get them up for another pair of tough contests.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Clackamas Christian senior Hannah Stark rises up for the kill against the Hawks in the 1A state quarterfinals.

"There's a lot of seniors on this team that want to finish their careers, so honestly the coaching and the mental part of it has been pretty easy for me this year," Nelson said. "They're really self-motivated, and it's not going to take much. It'll take us a little bit to get over the disappointment of this, and we're going to do something different rotation-wise with Kali."

North Clackamas Christian (31-6) will face Crane (26-5) at noon.

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