Crook County falls to Santiam Christian in championship match

“We played well all day,” Crook County Head Volleyball Coach Rosie Honl said following the team’s second-place finish at the Mount Hood Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.

“The team is continuing to improve and it was a good day.”

The Cowgirls rolled through pool play, knocking off Gresham 25-20, 25-10, Barlow JV 25-13, 25-8, and Corvallis 25-22, 26-24.

The 6-0 record earned the Cowgirls a berth in the gold bracket of the tournament where they defeated Lake Oswego, 25-15, 25-20, in the tournament quarterfinals.

The Cowgirls had more difficulty in the semifinals, but were able to slip past Clackamas 25-18, 25-23.

“Clackamas is so huge and athletic, but we served them off the court,” Honl said.

Crook County faced class 3A powerhouse, Santiam Christian, in the championship match. Although the match was close throughout, the Santiam Christian Eagles finally edged the Cowgirls 25-23, 25-23 to take the tournament championship.

With the victory, the Eagles ran their record to 22-1 while the Cowgirls fell to 15-3 on the year.

“We just couldn’t get it done,” Honl said. “I don’t know what went wrong so we will have to see what the stats say.”

Honl added that the Eagles have a big team which includes 6-03 Madison Gravely, who has committed to play at Oregon State University next year.

The Cowgirls were led by Hannah Troutman and Karlee Hollis throughout the tournament. Troutman finished with 59 kills on the day, while Hollis pitched in with 50.

Hollis also had a solid serving day going 36-44 from the line with 11 aces. Troutman was also solid from the service line going 49-54 with eight aces. She also led the Cowgirls in digs with 57.

Freshman libero Aspen Christiansen also had an outstanding defensive effort, finishing with 49 digs in the tournament. Setters Kayla Hamilton and Abby Smith directed the Cowgirl offense all day, finishing with 68 and 62 assists respectively.

Crook County plays at Mountain View tonight, then returns home on Thursday for a rematch with the Summit Storm, who knocked off the Cowgirls last Thursday in a grueling five-set match. Game time for both matches is set for 6:30 p.m.

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