Volleyball team 2nd in pool, makes gold medal bracket at top tourney

The Philomath High School volleyball team placed second in its pool and advanced to the gold medal bracket at Saturday’s State Preview at South Albany, an event considered to be one of the toughest tournaments in the state.

In pool play, the Warriors defeated two of three opponents to place second. The wins came over 6A Sunset and 5A Corvallis with the loss to 6A Bend.

Jesuit, an undefeated Class 6A team, eliminated Philomath in the first round of the gold medal bracket, 25-18, 25-20. Jesuit went on to sweep Mountainside and West Albany for the tournament title.

“They are tough but the girls did really well,” PHS coach Denee Newton said.

Seniors Sage Kramer and Ashlynn Barron each had eight kills vs. Jesuit. Junior Abigail Brown and sophomore Ahnika Tryon each had two blocks. Senior Taylor Roe finished wih 21 digs and senior Reagan Larson had 21 assists.

Said Newton, “Ashlynn really shined against Jesuit on the front row.”

Barron also had a good match at the service line with four aces.

Philomath (4-5) gets back into Oregon West Conference action on Tuesday with a home match against Newport. The varsity match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


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