Polk County Sports Polk County Itemizer-Observer • November 1, 2017 15A PREP VOLLEYBALL Pirates fall to Joseph in second round of state playoffs By Lukas Eggen The Itemizer-Observer JOSEPH — Perrydale’s vol- leyball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday. The Pirates lost to Joseph 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15 in the second round of the 1A state playoffs. “It was a different atmos- phere,” coach Denise Dickey said. “They had a little differ- ent style of reffing. We got called on a lot of ball han- dling errors with anyone who was taking the first ball and setting it. That’s some- thing we weren’t used to see- ing this side of the state. It took the first two sets to real- ly adjust to that. We came back and won the third set, but Joseph had too much momentum.” The mix of a nine-hour drive, shorter warmup time (13 minutes compared to 20) and increased scrutiny from the referees put players out of their comfort zones. Add in Joseph’s talent, and the Pirates fell short. “I wouldn’t be surprised if (Joseph) was in the finals,” Dickey said. “They didn’t have a weak spot on the court. Usually, a team has a weak place, or a weak rota- tion. They were well-round- ed. I would say they are the best team we played this year.” Perrydale swept Damas- cus Christian 25-13, 25-17, 25-14 in the first round of the state playoffs on Oct. 25. “They came out on fire and played with a lot of con- fidence,” Dickey said. “They probably had one of the best matches I’ve seen them play this entire season. It seemed like the kids couldn’t do any- thing wrong.” But playing in the Casco League title match, the first round of the state playoffs and traveling across the state for a second round matchup — all in the span of a week — took its toll, Dick- ey said. “I think, going forward, the girls will be better men- tally prepared,” Dickey said. “I think it’s more of the men- tal game we have to work on. We can’t underestimate any team and traveling nine hours and playing three re- ally important matches in a week, I think the girls had a little fatigue. I think they were a little worn out before they even started playing (against Joseph).” The Pirates finished the season with a 23-7 record overall and 11-1 mark in league play. Though Perrydale fell short of reaching the state quarterfinals in Redmond, Dickey said the Pirates should be proud of their ac- complishments -- and excit- ed for the future with nine players returning. “I tried to tell the girls we still had a really great sea- son,” Dickey said. “I feel bad for the seniors because they didn’t quite make it to Red- mond, but we’re right there. We are still a young team and I think the next couple years are going to be fantas- tic.” BRIAN EVANS/for the Itemizer-Observer Alyssa Lux goes for a kill during the Pirates win over Damascus Christian on Oct. 25. Dallas: Dragons face Bend on Friday afternoon Continued from Page 14A The Dragons roared back, winning 20 of the final 25 points of the first set. Dallas also rallied from deficits late in the second (23-18) and third (22-17) sets to complete the sweep. “It was insane,” senior Josie Smith said. “I know for me, moving from being on junior varsity as a junior to going to state as a senior is crazy.” Tristin Savage had 14 kills, while Hailey VanWell added 10 kills. Jose Smith had 10 total blocks. “They don’t want to be done,” Lavier said. “They want to keep going. I know a Volleyball • Dallas defeated Crater 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22 in the state play-in round on Oct. 24. • Tristin Savage had 11 kills and eight blocks. Maggie Blair added 12 kills. Emma Classen recorded 31 assists. • Six Dallas players earned all-league recognition. Tristin Sav- age (middle blocker) and Emma Classen (setter) received first team all-Mid-Willamette Conference honors. Hailey VanWell, Maggie Blair, Mikayli Laizure and Emily May received honorable mentions. lot of teams around the state, they are exhausted. Our girls aren’t ready for this run to end.” Dallas has gone 14-5 over its last 19 matches. Lavier hopes a secret weapon will help push Dal- las over the top. — Friday will mark the Drag- ons’ first trip to the quarter- finals since 1990, Lavier said. Lavier played a role in ending Dallas’ season that year. “What’s funny is the last time Dallas played in the state tournament it was against my high school team, Henley,” Lavier said. “We beat Dallas and ended up winning the state cham- pionship.” From the moment Lavier started coaching volleyball, she had a mentor, someone there to help her out when- ever she needed it. “We have our own secret weapon,” Lavier said. That weapon is Chuck Shannon. Shannon coached for 25 years at Henley. He helped lead the school to three state titles (1990, ’91 and 2001), three second-place finishes and 20 Skyline Conference Championships. “He’s been an integral part of this program since I’ve been head coach here,” Lavier said. “He’s a great re- source. He talks to the girls. He shows huge support. One of the all-time win- ningest coaches in Oregon history happens to be my old coach and mentor.” Players have taken advan- tage of having an added re- source at their disposal, mostly during the early parts of the season. The lessons he shares sticks with them. “He helps out with our volleyball camp during the summer,” Smith said. “I think what’s cool about Chuck is he offers a different perspective. He sees things about our play that we might not necessarily have seen. He helps us in over- coming adversity.” Now, Dallas stands three wins away from an improb- able state championship. The road will be tough, but don’t expect the Dragons to lay down. “Call it a Cinderella story, call it whatever you want,” Lavier said. “The girls never gave up. No matter the score, they never lost sight of the goal, and now they’re going to the state tourna- ment.” PREP VOLLEYBALL Panthers lose to top-seeded Summit in first round By Lukas Eggen The Itemizer-Observer BEND — Facing the top seed in the state, Central’s volleyball team lost to Summit 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 in the first round of the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs on Saturday. “Summit was a very good team, very seasoned,” Panthers coach Claudine Mendazona said. “They had several contributors on of- fense. They passed really well and were able to run their offense for the majority of the match. They put us on the defensive a lot.” Senior Krista Omlid had 11 kills, 11 digs and two blocks during the match. Sopho- more Sydney Nash recorded 17 assists and eight digs. Su m m i t a d - vanced to the Omlid state quarterfi- nals on Friday against Hood River Valley. Central earned a spot in the state playoffs after defeating Thurston 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 10- 25, 15-12 in the play-in round on Oct. 24. “The girls just really stepped up as a team,” Men- dazona said. “They played well together. … I was confident our girls were ca- pable of winning Chavez that match, and the girls knew they could if they got things done.” Omlid had 24 kills and 16 digs. Annika Riddell recorded six kills and three blocks; and Nash had 27 assists, 17 digs and four aces. Elizabeth Chavez (libero) was named first team a l l - M i d - Willamette Con- f e re n c e. Na s h (setter), Erin Cole (defensive spe- cialist) and Rid- dell (middle blocker) received Riddell second team all- conference recognition, and Omlid (outside hitter) received honorable mention. The Panthers finished the sea- son with an 11-10 record overall and an 8-6 mark in league play. Central will see three seniors graduate from its varsity roster, but the experienced gained from re- turning players will be invaluable, Mendazona said, and could be a launching point to an even greater 2018 campaign. “I think they see how important having that cohesion is,” Menda- zona said. “Not only being together as a team, but believing and trusting in your teammates. You have to have that when you play a team sport. These girls have been to the playoffs last year, and now this season. I think it’s all about taking those little steps, progressing forward as they get older in the program.” WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP Wolves defeat Simon Fraser 2-1 on Senior Day WESTERN OREGON ATHLETICS/for the Itemizer-Observer Western Oregon recognized seniors Mai Kahuka and Meli Cortez on Saturday. Itemizer-Observer staff report MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s women’s soccer team defeated Simon Fraser 2-1 on Senior Day on Saturday. Senior Meli Cor tez scored the first goal of the match in the second half off an assist from junior Dacia Alexander. Cortez also scored in the 62nd minute. WOU opened the week with a 1-0 loss to Seattle Pacific on Thursday. The Wolves finished the 2017 season with a 3-11-2 record overall and a 2-8-2 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, good for sixth place. FOOTBALL FALLS TO TAR- LETON: Western Oregon’s foot- ball team lost to Tarleton State 28-6 on Saturday. Tarleton State jumped out to a 14-0 lead before a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Caleb Tingstad brought the Wolves to within 14-6 in the second quar- ter. WOU was held without a score the rest of the way. Quarterback Nick Duck- worth ﬁnished the game with 235 yards passing. Zack Suarez recorded six catches for 69 yards and Devin Fortier had 14 rushes for 45 yards. The Wolves (2-7 overall, 1-5 GNAC) host Azusa Paciﬁc Satur- day at 1 p.m. VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO: Western Oregon’s volleyball team lost a pair of conference matches last week. The Wolves fell to Western Washington 25- 12, 25-16, 25-15 on Thursday and Simon Fraser 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 on Saturday. Alisha Bettinson had 13 kills against Simon Fraser to lead the Wolves. Bettinson recorded a team-high 11 kills against Western Washington. WOU played Concordia Tuesday after press time. West- ern Oregon (6-15 overall, 2-12 GNAC) plays at Montana State, Billings Thursday at 6 p.m. AZORR NAMED TO PRE- SEASON ALL-GNAC TEAM: Western Oregon women’s bas- ketball senior Sydney Azorr was named to the GNAC Pre- season All-GNAC team. Azorr averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season. The Wolves ﬁnished 8-19 overall and 4-16 GNAC. The Wolves played Lewis & Clark in an exhibition game on Sunday. CROSS-COUNTRY TO HOST RACE SATURDAY: Western Oregon will host the NCAA Di- vision II West Region cross- country championship Satur- day at Ash Creek Preserve. Races begin at 10 a.m. Fo r m o re i n fo r m a t i o n : www.wouwolves.com. Blue Dolphins host Halloween Invitational Itemizer-Observer staff report DALLAS — The Blue Dol- phins Swim Team hosted the Halloween Invitational on Oct. 21 in the club’s first sanctioned meet in at least 15 years. The Blue Dolphins com- peted against teams from Tillamook, Stayton, Albany and Lincoln City. The Blue Dolphins won the meet with a score of 802. Lincoln City was second with 729. Lonny Stork set two team records in the 11-12-year- old age category in the 50- yard backstroke (32.47 sec- onds) and 200 individual medley (2:37.76). Sydney Alamein set a pro- gram record in the 100 but- terfly (11-12) with a time of 1:11.20. Full results are available online at www.polkio.com. The Blue Dolphins Swim Team is a nonprofit compet- itive swim team that prac- tices at Dallas Aquatic Cen- ter. The squad is open to swimmers ages 18 and younger. A free, two week trial peri- od is open to any swimmer interested in joining the group. For more information about the Blue Dolphins: w w w. b l u e d o l p h i n - swimteam.org.