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Big hitters lead Gophers into state playoffs

MHC VOLLEYBALL - Gresham finishes regular season with a four-set win over Reynolds
by: David Ball Gresham junior Haley Crouser smacks a kill during the Gophers four-set win over Reynolds on Tuesday night. Gresham locked up a playoff berth with the victory.

Gresham's volleyball team locked up a spot in the 6A state bracket Tuesday night with a four-set win over Reynolds.

After seeing the Raiders put up a fight in Game 3 to extend the match, the Gophers were determined to close things out without much drama in the fourth set. Amanda Neffendorf supplied a four-point surge that included a service ace and two kills by Haley Crouser to put Gresham up by a 7-2 count.

Crouser was smashing the ball all night with big swing after big swing. One ball went off a Reynolds defender and sent another nearly crashing headfirst into the front row of the bleachers. Another blast came off a Raiders' arm and deflected high into the ceiling...

Look for full match coverage in the Oct. 26, edition of The Outlook.