North Douglas finishes fifth in state

North Douglas volleyball wins in the quarterfinals, drops next two matches at the state tournament

After a quarterfinal victory in Redmond at the state volleyball tournament last weekend, North Douglas lost their next two matches to end their season by finishing in fifth place.

The weekend started with Friday’s match against Days Creek. This was the fifth time this season the teams had played each other with each team entering the day with a 2-2 record in the head-to-head matchup. But Friday morning it was North Douglas winning (25-21, 16-25, 25-18, 25-14) when it mattered most.

“Well the girls, they were excited to play Days Creek especially since we had lost to them in the district tournament. They wanted a rematch and they were just very pumped,” said North Douglas head coach Anne Campbell.

In the first set the Warriors offense was clicking and the team led by as many as eight before letting the Wolves back into the game late. Days Creek carried that momentum in to the second set. Throughout the set, North Douglas struggled to string points together as successful points were met with errors.

“After we lost the second game,” said Campbell, “I said, ‘So, the team that wanted to play Days Creek played in the first game. The team that didn’t want to play Days Creek played in the second game so who’s going to play in the third game?’”

For the rest of the way it was North Douglas doing what they do best with Arianna Helgren and Abby Whipple providing an offensive spark to lift the team and get them back on track. Helgren was named to the first team tournament team while Whipple was named to the second team.

“I’ve brought teams over here that were good and then the nerves kind of get the better of you in that first match and it’s really easy to kind of fall behind and not able to dig your way out. So just to get that first match under our belt, it got everybody a little more confident,” said Campbell. “I think that going into tonight it’s going to be a really tough match because St. Paul is good... but I feel like having that first match in is going to help us play better tonight.”

In Friday night’s match against tournament champion St. Paul, the Warriors were beat 3-0. The Buckaroos finished the season 30-0 and dropped just four sets all year. Helgren had 15 digs and 10 kills while Whipple compiled 13 assists, 10 digs, nine kills and three aces. Freshman Samantha MacDowell had 17 digs.

On Saturday, the Warriors lost the third-place game to third-ranked Hosanna Christian in four sets. Helgren had 22 digs and 11 kills while Whipple recorded a triple-double with 24 digs, 19 assists and 12 kills.

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