First round Saturday on Campbell Court
Estacada High School's varsity volleyball team finished the Capital Conference season almost perfect.
The Lady Rangers won 36 of 39 games in 12 matches against league opponents. They lost two to Stayton in the league opener and didn't lose a single game until the final league game of the season last week at Cascade High School.
EHS beat Cascade, but it took four games. The Lady Rangers crushed the Cougars 25-12 in the first game, dropped the second 25-23, won the third 25-10 and secured the undefeated league season with a 25-22 win in game four.
'This was a tough match,' said EHS Coach Melanie Hambelton. 'Cascade had just beaten Stayton, who was second in league at the time. They played well in stretches and were very good defensively. I like the fact that we battled and maintained our composure in what turned out to be a tough place to play.'
Offensively, Junior Caelyn Jackson led the Lady Rangers with 20 kills for the match.
The Lady Rangers also beat North Marion last week, 3-0-25-12, 26-24 and 25-12.
Shikara White, Jackson and Devyn Callahan each had eight kills at North Marion.
'Tina Randall had a strong night on offense and defense,' Hambelton said. 'She had four kills and an outstanding get-out-of-the-net to send the ball back over to North Marion's side. It was a great play.'
Melita Elliot led the team with 20 assists, before Kaylene Ricci took over in the third game and added four assists. Sarah McGregor led the team in digs with 10 and serving with four aces.
Estacada played its final regular season game Monday and will host the first round of the state playoffs Saturday in Estacada. Their opponent has not yet been decided. South Umpqua played Siuslaw on Monday and the winner of that game will play at Sisters on Wednesday to decide who will face the returning state champs at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Estacada.