The Pioneers falter in their first game of the state tournament on Friday afternoon.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Brooke Dodge (left) sets the ball as Samantha Brewster (right) readies herself for the spike.

Playoffs (State Quarterfinal)
5A Volleyball

Team Score

HILLSBORO — Despite holding the lead for the better parts of games two and three, Sandy could not hang on to close the deal, losing in straight sets to Corvallis 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 in their quarterfinal match on Friday.

This was the first time all season where the Pioneers failed to win a single game during a match (not counting tournament play).

"We would battle and fight for the first 15 to 20 points and then for some reason we just couldn't get over the hump," Sandy head coach Shyanna Davis said. "Corvallis would get a side-out and rally off a few straight points…We talk about having quick side-outs, but today we would dwell on the mistake that we just made and Corvallis took advantage."

Sandy outside hitters Olivia Caldwell and Pammeigh Carter had big kills early on in the first game to tie the score at 7-7. Corvallis, however, would go on an 8-2 run to take a 15-9 lead. The Pioneers responded by getting blocks from Caldwell and freshman middle blocker Annika Traxler later on in the set, but Sandy could never get back in striking distance as the Spartans went relatively untested in their game one victory.

"Our energy level dropped whenever we got down," Caldwell said. "It felt like we were in a funk and none of us were connecting."

Sandy plays Hood River Valley in a consolation match tomorrow at Liberty High School starting at 10 a.m.

Look for extended coverage in the Nov. 8 print edition.

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