Ferris proved twice that it deserved the Cavanaughs Hotels District 8-4A volleyball title.
The Saxons edged Lewis and Clark 15-12, 15-13 in the title match at Mt. Spokane High on Saturday. The match was a repeat of an afternoon winners-bracket match, also won by Ferris, 15-7, 15-11.
Ferris advances to the Region IV tourney, Friday and Saturday in Yakima, as the No. 1 seed. LC is No. 2.
Friday’s opening-round matches are: Ferris vs. Big Nine Conference No. 4 Eisenhower; LC vs. No. 3 Davis; Greater Spokane League No. 3 Mead vs. No. 2 Pasco; and GSL No. 4 Rogers vs. No. 1 Walla Walla. Ferris led the first game of the title match 9-1 before Kelsey Williams momentarily rallied LC. LC led the second game 7-3 and 13-10, but Katie Lee served three points, including an ace, to bring the Saxons back.
LC earned a trip to the title match with a 15-9, 15-1 victory over Mead.
Carlin Oeljen had four kills, and Erin Naipo had two kills and two blocks as the Tigers jumped ahead 8-1 in the first game.
In the day’s first match, Kortney Stewart had 14 kills, four blocks and three aces as Mead, which trailed in the first game 13-4, defeated Rogers 15-13, 14-16, 15-7.
Christie Grochowski finished with 11 kills, 11 digs and four blocks as East Valley defeated Cheney 12-15, 15-9, 15-7 in the title match of the District 7-3A Tournament at EV.
EV earns the No. 1 seed, Cheney the No. 2 to Saturday’s Region IV Tournament at Selah. The Mid-Valley representatives are No. 1 Selah, No. 2 Ellensburg, No. 3 West Valley (Yakima) and No. 4 Hanford.
Cheney advanced to the title match with a 15-4, 15-3 decision that eliminated Clarkston. Cheney opened by defeating West Valley 15-12, 15-11 in a league tiebreaker for second place.
WV, the third seed, then was ousted by No. 4 Clarkston 10-15, 15-13, 15-0.
Rosie Tubbs totaled eight digs and four blocks as Northwest Christian defeated Selkirk 15-4, 15-10 in the title match of the Panorama League tournament at Chewelah.
Amy Descoteaux added 10 kills, Megon Morris nine digs and Allyson Clouse four aces for the Crusaders.
NWC advanced to the District 7-B tournament as the No. 1 seed, Selkirk as No. 2. Northport defeated Springdale 15-9, 15-7 in the match for third and fourth.
Tourney openers Thursday at Cheney are: NWC against Bi-County No. 4 Reardan; Selkirk vs. Bi-Co No. 3 Wilbur-Creston; Northport vs. Bi-Co No. 2 Ritzville; and Springdale vs. Bi-Co No. 1 Davenport.
Defending State B champion Davenport defeated Ritzville 15-9, 15-10 in the title match of the Bi-Co tournament at Ritzville.
Reardan earned the fourth berth by defeating Odessa 15-8, 15-2.
Pomeroy and Tekoa-Oakesdale won their pools with 3-0 records at the opening round of the District 9-B tournament at Walla Walla High.
Action shifts to Pullman on Saturday, with a double-elimination format that begins with T-O vs. Waitsburg and Pomeroy vs. DeSales. Two teams will qualify for state.
Carissa True had 22 kills as Colville (14-0) wrapped up its Great Northern League title season with a 15-4, 14-16, 13-15, 15-9, 15-4 rally at Newport (11-3).
Both teams earn opening-round byes to the District 7-2A tournament at Mt. Spokane High on Saturday.
District will open with loser-out matches between No. 4 Chewelah and No. 5 Lakeside, and No. 3 Pullman and No. 6 Deer Park. Colville draws the Chewelah/Lakeside winner, Newport the other winner.
Highland High of Pocatello (31-8) defeated Sandpoint 15-9, 12-15, 15-13 in the Idaho State A-1 tourney title match at Coeur d’Alene.
Sandpoint (24-6), state finalist five of the last six years, advanced to the final by defeating defending state champion Bonneville 16-14, 7-15, 15-6.
St. Maries (22-4) placed fourth at the Idaho State A-2 tournament at Coeur d’Alene, losing to Weiser (31-8) 15-13, 10-15, 15-8 in the match for third and fourth.
Cheney forced a fourth chapter in its season-long tangle with East Valley, rallying past the Knights 3-2 in a District 7-3A match at EV.
Tanya Birchler had two goals and KDee Anderson added three assists as the Blackhawks (10-3-2) overcame EV’s 2-0 halftime lead.
The teams meet again at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at EV, with the winner qualifying for the state playoffs. The season series is 1-1-1.
Malea Schumacher, whose goal gave EV (11-3-1) a 2-0 lead, had two shots hit the post in the final minutes.
Freshman Kelly Ostby scored the first two goals, and Great Northern League scoring champion Larissa Mueller added two goals and an assist as host Riverside (15-0) defeated Colville 6-0 during the District 7-2A tournament at Chattaroy.
Riverside will play Pullman (11-3-1) at noon Saturday, also at Chattaroy, for the district’s lone state berth. Pullman eliminated Medical Lake 1-0 in the day’s first match.
Colville finished 4-9-3.
Gazelle Samizay scored from inside the penalty box with 7 minutes left to lift Pullman over the Cardinals (6-8-3). ML’s Javanna Howard hit the crossbar with 2 minutes left.
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