Sisters sweep ends La Grande tourney run chase
EUGENE — The second-ranked 4A team handed La Grande its final loss of the season Saturday, 3-0.
Sisters may have gone into the playoffs and the state 4A volleyball tournament at Lane Community College as the second- ranked team behind perennial power Crook County, but a 3-2 loss to Astoria in the opening round of the tournament Friday knocked the team into the consolation bracket.
A sweep of Phoenix moved the Outlaws into the battle for fourth with La Grande Saturday.
It was a battle that the Outlaws won by a 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 margin. The loss dropped the Lady Tigers (18-6) into sixth place and ended their season.
La Grande opened the tournament with a five-set loss to Madras Friday morning.
It wasn’t a stampede Friday in the quarterfinals of the 4A state volleyball tournament, but La Grande may have felt that way when the White Buffaloes edged the Lady Tigers 3-2.
The loss dropped La Grande into the consolation bracket where they played Elmira Saturday.
Elmira had lost to Crook County in a 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-23, 25-8) in their opener.
The Tigers ended the Falcons’ season with a five-set loss Saturday, putting the Lady Tigers in the consolation title match for fourth place Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, the White Buffaloes earned the chance to lose to perennial power Crook County in the semifinals with a three-set sweep (25-10, 25-18, 25-17). Madras went on to lose the third-place game to Banks by another three-game sweep Saturday.
Fifth-ranked La Grande entered the 4A quarterfinals with 13th-ranked Madras (15-9) Friday.
Madras, the second-seed from the Tri-Valley Conference, won the first game by a 25-21 margin.
La Grande came back to tie the match with a 26-24 victory in the second set.
In the third game, Madras jumped out to an 18-8 lead and took the 25-13 win for a 2-1 advantage.
In the fourth game, it was the Tigers who jumped out to a 10-4 lead and tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 victory.
In the fifth game, La Grande got off to a slow start, letting Madras take a 6-2 lead before rallying with five points.
The Tigers cut the lead to 9-7 and both teams were tied at 14-all.
The White Buffaloes came up with the winning points for a 16-14 victory that moved the team into the semifinals.