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The Hawks will open the Class 3A state event Friday with a quarterfinal match against South Umpqua

The Horizon Christian High School volleyball team is going somewhere its never gone before.

And the Hawks are pretty darn happy about.

Horizon Christian earned its first-ever Class 3A state tournament bid by getting a 25-9, 29-27, 25-16 win over St. Mary's of Medford in a Class 3A playoff match held Saturday at Horizon Christian High School.

With the loss, St. Mary's, the No. 3 team out of the Far West League and the No. 12 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 10-15.

Horizon Christian, the No. 2 team out of the Lewis & Clark League, and the No. 6 team in the power rankings, improved to 15-4 on the season with the victory. And, with the win, the Hawks advance to play in the Class 3A state tournament.

"We are thrilled and excited," first-year Horizon Christian coach Jay Lazaro said.

The Hawks will open the Class 3A state tournament on Friday with a quarterfinal match against Sough Umpqua, starting at 10 a.m. at Forest Grove High School. South Umpqua, the No. 2 team out of the Far West League, and the No. 3 team in the power rankings, is 17-4 on the season.

If Horizon Christian wins its quarterfinal match, it will face either Creswell or Santiam Christian in a semifinal match Friday at 6 p.m. If the Hawks lose their state tournament opener, they'll next play Creswell or Santiam Christian in a fourth-place semifinal Saturday at 8 a.m.

The Class 3A state championship match is set to be played Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., at Forest Grove High School.

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