Local volleyball teams fall short in HDL tournament

The Eagle/David Heldreth Monument/Dayville's Kaitlin Woosley, 8, goes for a block against Jordan Valley in the third/fourth place HDL playoff game Oct. 25.

JOHN DAY - Grant County's High Desert League volleyball teams wrapped up the season last weekend.

Monument/Dayville finished one game out of the Oregon School Activities Association playoffs during the High Desert League volleyball tournament Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Tigers finished 1-2 in the tournament. They beat Spray 3-2 to open the tournament, but were swept by the No. 1-seeded Crane team in their next game. However, the loss pitted them against Jordan Valley in the game for the final HDL playoff spot. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Mustangs took the match in three games as they did during the regular season Sept. 5.

"I'm thrilled how the season turned out," Tiger coach Joanne Flower said. "We have three seniors and one junior and the rest of the team is younger. I think we did well at the tournament. We're young and we should be better next year."

Prairie City went 1-1 in the HDL tournament.

The Panthers dropped their first match to Jordan Valley in three games 25-14, 25-13 and 25-16. The loss put them in the consolation bracket where they faced Spray. The Panthers beat the Eagles 2-1 in a shortened consolation championship match, but didn't advance into the OSAA playoffs. Spray beat Prairie City 3-2 Sept. 12 during the regular season.

Prairie City coach Melissa Woodbury said she was happy with the results of the tournament.

"It's not as prestigious as making the playoffs, but the girls played well," Woodbury said. "It's nice to end the season on a high note."

The Tigers and Panthers had a rough road just to make it into the tournament. Monument/Dayville beat Prairie City 3-2 Oct. 21 in Monument, but the Panthers took the match all the way to the final possible game. Prairie City bounced back and won 3-0 against Long Creek the same night.

The Oct. 21 matches gave Prairie City and Monument/ Dayville 6-5 league records and tied them both with Burnt River in HDL play. The top six teams in the HDL advanced to the district tournament. Due to the three-way tie for the fifth and sixth seeds, a coin flip was used to determine the fifth seed and the remaining teams had to play a tie breaker.

Monument/Dayville won the coin toss and was seeded fifth. Prairie City beat Burnt River 3-2 for the tie-breaker at the Grant Union gymnasium Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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