Category: Bend Volleyball

No. 1 Summit, No. 3 Bend High to meet for state volleyball title

The Class 5A volleyball state championship will be an all-Intermountain Conference — and all-Bend — affair when top-seeded Summit and No. 3 Bend High face each other Saturday night at Liberty High School.

For the first time since 2009, when Crook County defeated Summit in the 5A championship, the state final will feature two IMC teams.

On Friday, Summit beat No. 8 Hood River Valley in the quarterfinals 17-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-15, then took out Corvallis 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 in the semifinals to advance to the title game.

Bend, the defending state champion, defeated No. 11 Dallas 25-9, 25-17, 25-19 before taking down No. 7 Lebanon 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 in the semifinals.

The Storm and the Lava Bears played each other three times during the regular season. The two teams split the two IMC matches, and Summit defeated Bend in the Clearwater Classic.

“It was a good day for us,” Summit coach Jill Waskom said of the team’s two wins on Friday. “We’re still looking for that peak performance. We’re excited to play Bend for sure. It’s a good rivalry and always a good match. The girls are really excited and looking forward it.”

Against Hood River Valley, Haley Smith led the Storm with 23 kills, and Ella Knowlton added 11 kills. In the win over Corvallis, Smith and Knowlton each had 16 kills and Jade Waskom finished with 13 kills, 14 digs and four aces.

For Bend, Sonna Faulkner had 12 kills against Dallas, and Kaci Cox added eight kills and 14 digs. In the semifinal victory over Lebanon, Cambree Scott had 12 kills and three blocks, and Cox had seven kills.

“We’re serving really well and passing really well, and that’s really helping us,” said Bend coach Kristin Cooper. “That makes the rest of the game really flow for us. I’m really proud of the way they played. It’s great to see two IMC teams in the championship. It’ll be a nice, hard match and it’ll be fun. We’re pretty evenly matched.”


Bend High rallies to beat Summit for 2nd straight state volleyball title

HILLSBORO — Down two games and on the brink of losing the Class 5A volleyball state championship, Bend High never gave up and never lost confidence.

In thrilling come-from-behind, five-game fashion, the No. 3-seeded Lava Bears outlasted No. 1 Summit 21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-10 to win their second straight state title Saturday night at Liberty High School.

“I knew we were going to pull together as a team and get it back,” said Kaci Cox, a senior who led Bend with 20 kills and three aces. “We had nothing to lose at that point, and so we just left it all on the court. It was just fun. The win feels so much better when you have to fight and work for it. It was just the best feeling.”

Bend’s Cambree Scott sparked a five-point run for the Lava Bears early in the final game, staking the Bears to an 8-3 lead. Bend led 12-7 before Summit clawed back to within 12-10 on a kill by Knowlton. But the Lava Bears secured the title as a Summit attack error was followed by kills from Sonna Faulkner and Scott.

“I knew that they wouldn’t give up,” Bend coach Kristin Cooper said of her team. “They keep fighting.”

Summit took control early in the match, trailing just once in the first set. Five straight points, capped by two straight aces by Ella Knowlton, earned the Storm a 15-10 lead. Summit then halted any rallies mounted by Bend en route to an opening-game victory.

The Storm strung together several mini-runs in the second set, including a four-point sequence that ended with consecutive Asha Turnbull kills, to claim a commanding 2-0 lead and set up Summit for a potential state final sweep.

“I just had a feeling that it wasn’t going to end there,” Cooper said. “We weren’t done. We were going to take this. Then we just got that flow back and got more consistent. We just have the right mindset in matches when we’re down.”

Four straight points in the third game put the Lava Bears ahead 17-15, and a three-point burst soon after gave them a 21-17 advantage. The Storm tested Bend by cutting the deficit to 23-22, but the Lava Bears put the game away with back-to-back points.

“We battled in that third set,” said Summit coach Jill Waskom. “Just some balls didn’t go our way, and we didn’t close it out.”

“I knew we were going to start playing our game,” Cooper said. “We were out of sync in the first two games and we started seeing more consistency.”

The Lava Bears evened the match in another competitive set that featured Summit climbing back from a 21-16 hole to trail 24-23. A service error by the Storm’s Jade Waskom, however, gave Bend the game and set up a winner-take-all fifth set.

“When you get into that fifth game, it’s kind of starting at zeros,” Cooper said. “We had a little bit of a run, and we really started our momentum going.”

Scott finished with 13 kills for Bend. Megan Bushnell had 37 assists and Olivia Armstrong had 18 digs for the Lava Bears, while Brooklynn Anderson contributed six blocks.

Haley Smith led Summit with 27 kills, Jade Waskom had 13 kills, and Turnbull added 11 kills for the Storm, which went 2-1 against Bend in the regular season.

“It was just a great, fun, exciting match,” Jill Waskom said. “Both teams played really well. It was a game of momentum that went back and forth, and it was a great experience.”


Bend High, Ridgeview in volleyball Class 5A play-in round

Summit High, the No. 1 team in Class 5A, has earned an automatic bid to the first round of the 5A volleyball state playoffs, while Bend High and Ridgeview will play Tuesday in the play-in round.

The Storm finished in a tie with Bend for first in the Intermountain Conference with a 7-1 league record. But with a higher state ranking than the No. 3 Lava Bears, Summit received the first-round home match.

Bend, the defending state champion, will host a 5 p.m. match Tuesday against St. Helens, which was fifth in the Northwest Oregon Conference with a 6-8 conference record. Seventh-ranked Ridgeview (4-4) was third in the IMC and will travel to Milwaukie for a 6 p.m. match against La Salle, which finished third in the NWOC with an 11-3 record.

The first round of the state playoffs is scheduled for next Saturday, and the 5A state tournament, held at Liberty High in Hillsboro, is set for Nov. 3-4.

— Bulletin staff report

Bend High sweeps Mountain View for share of IMC volleyball title

Cambree Scott and Sonna Faulkner had nine kills apiece Thursday night, leading Bend High to a 25-13, 25-19, 25-22 home victory over Mountain View and securing a share of the Intermountain Conference volleyball title for the Lava Bears.

Bend, which entered play Thursday ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, finished 7-1 in league play and tied with No. 1 Summit for the IMC championship for the second straight year. The higher-ranked team between the two when the OSAA rankings freeze Saturday night will advance to the first round of the 5A state playoffs on Oct. 28, while the lower-ranked team will host a play-in match next week.

Bend coach Kristin Cooper said after Thursday’s match that she did not anticipate a significant change in the rankings before they are frozen.

Against Mountain View, Kaci Cox contributed six kills, 14 digs and two aces for the Lava Bears, and Scott had three blocks for the reigning 5A state champions.

In their season finale, the Cougars were led by Aja Perks and Makenna Gales with four kills apiece, and the two combined for five blocks. Also for Mountain View (2-6 IMC), Violet Mills had eight digs and Mailee Utu had 20 assists.

The Cougars led for much of the third game, which was tied 20-20 before Bend ran off four straight points. Mountain View got within 24-22 before the Lava Bears put it away.

“I was proud of the way the girls played against the No. 3 team in the state,” said Cougars coach Kate Hunter. “We got better every game, and it was nice to see us end on a really high level.”

No. 3 Bend High rallies past upstart No. 5 Ridgeview

REDMOND — Heidi Wood can tell that her Ridgeview volleyball team has made big strides this season by the way other teams walk into the Ravens’ gym.

“We’re a team that’s been one of the bottom teams,” Wood said, “but now teams are coming in here and having to take us seriously. They’re saying when we’re playing Ridgeview, we’ve gotta bring our ‘A’ game.”

Such was the case Thursday night, when reigning Class 5A state champion Bend High came calling. And the No. 5-ranked Ravens gave the No. 3 Lava Bears all they could handle before Bend escaped with a 26-28, 19-25, 25-19, 25-14, 15-10 Intermountain Conference victory.

“We knew we had to battle,” said Bend coach Kristin Cooper. And when her team was down two games to none on the floor of an opponent hungry to prove itself against one of the IMC’s elite? “We just kept fighting. We have a saying: ‘The bear does not quit. The bear does not die.’”

But the bear is not immune to illness — which is what sidelined Bend starting middle blocker Brooklynn Anderson for Thursday’s match.

“It took us a little time to adjust (to Anderson’s absence),” said Cooper. “But we have some great senior leaders, and they just have a refuse-to-lose attitude.”

Those seniors played an important role in the turnaround. One of them, Kaci Cox, had 24 kills and 20 digs. Another, Cambree Scott, had 14 kills, four blocks and two aces. Yet another senior, Olivia Armstrong, had a team-high 24 digs.

The squad’s lone freshman, Megan Bushnell, led Bend in assists with 45 and in aces with seven.

The win kept the Lava Bears (6-1 IMC) tied with Summit for the conference lead going into the final week of the regular season. Ridgeview (3-3) remained solidly in third place and despite Thursday’s loss is still bound for the postseason.

“I’m so proud of the girls,” said Wood, the Ravens’ first-year coach. “But we have to learn to finish a game. We have to work on not giving up bad points, and when we get a run on us, we have to pick up and come back.”

Ridgeview was led by Rylee Troutman, who had 22 kills to go with 15 digs and 21-for-22 serving that included four aces. The Ravens also got solid serving from Josye Miller (21-for-23 and four aces) to go with her 23 digs, 11 kills and three blocks. Josilyn Remick had 21 assists along with 22 digs and four blocks.

“How far these girls have come this season is pretty awesome,” Wood reflected. “To take Bend five games like we did tonight shows how far we’ve come.”