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Huskies beat Fishermen 3-2 to qualify for first quarterfinal berth in 30 years

The North Marion volleyball team made program history over the weekend after defeating the No. 5 Astoria Fishermen 3-2 (10-25, 25-15, 14-25, 25-18, 16-14) to advance to the state quarterfinal tournament for the first time since 1990.

The Huskies (18-6, 8-2 Tri-Valley) traveled to Astoria on Saturday to face the Fishermen (17-7, 4-4 Cowapa) in a rematch of the two programs' Sept. 19 contest in which North Marion was swept.

The Huskies opened the state playoff game by losing the opening set 25-10, matching the team's most significant loss of the season. However, North Marion rallied and won two of the next three to force a deciding fifth set. The Huskies clinched the game when senior Kelsey Richardson's shot was blocked out of bounds by Astoria to advance the team to the double-elimination tournament for the first time in three decades.

North Marion opens its draw against the Sky-Em champion No. 4 Junction City Tigers (20-4, 10-0) on Friday at 8 a.m. at Forest Grove High School. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The losing team moves on to the consolation semifinals on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Before the state playoffs, the Huskies were recognized with six nominees in the Tri-Valley All-Conference awards. Seniors Katie Ensign and Kelsey Richardson were named to the First Team, and sophomore Jaydan Sahlin picked up Second Team honors.

Senior Alana Walls, junior Lili Piercey, and sophomore Mackenzie Agnew each were named to the Honorable Mention team.

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