The Philomath High School volleyball team won two of three matches in bracket play Saturday at the Bend Clearwater Classic.
Philomath will take records of 12-8 overall and 6-2 in the conference into the final week of the regular season. The Warriors will head to Sweet Home Tuesday and then host Stayton Thursday for Senior Night as they try to clinch the runner-up spot in the Oregon West.
At the Bend tournament, Philomath opened the day with losses in pool play to 6A powerhouse Jesuit, 5A Summit and 6A North Medford.
The Warriors then went into bracket play and opened with a 25-14, 20-25, 15-9 win over 6A Grants Pass (10-13).
“We struggled the first set but with lineup changes, we made a comeback and won the next two,” PHS coach Autumn Hilberg said.
Philomath faced 5A Ashland (6-16) in its next match and pulled out a 25-18, 10-25, 15-9 win.
“In the second we just made uncharacteristic errors,” Hilberg said.
In its final match, Philomath faced another 6A school in West Salem (10-9) and lost 25-10, 25-8.
“West was clicking on all cylinders and we played our hearts out,” Hilberg said. “West came out on top but I couldn’t be more proud of the way we battled all day.”
Statistical leaders on the day included senior Clara Stanley (hits), junior Hannah Bennett (ace serves), senior Madison Juhl (blocks), junior Madison Provance (digs) and junior Ashleigh Brown (assists).
“Clara had an awesome day in serve receive and both Ashleigh and Avery (Smith) had a good day setting,” Hilberg said. “Our blockers had a lot of positive playable block touches that resulted in Philomath points.”
Hilberg added that sophomore Taylor Hudson played and “made the most of it and owned her position at the net.”