State volleyball roundup: Skyview upends three-time champ

STATESMAN STAFFNovember 2, 2013 

Skyview, Parma and Horseshoe Bend were the only Treasure Valley teams to go unbeaten on the first day of the state tournaments in northern Idaho.

Of the 17 local teams that made the trip north, seven are still alive heading into the final day of competition.

5A

Rivals Rocky Mountain and Vallivue emerged as the only remaining District Three teams, and will square off Saturday morning is a loser-out match.

Both teams lost their tournament openers and had to fight their way through the losers’ bracket.

The Rocky Mountain-Vallivue winner will play the loser of the Idaho Falls-Lewiston semifinal in another win-or-go-home match.

District Three champion Timberline started with a four-game victory over Boise, and then lost in five sets to Idaho Falls, sending them into the losers’ bracket.

The Wolves led Vallivue 2-0 in an elimination match, but the Falcons knotted the match at 2-2 and won the final set 15-9 to eliminate Timberline.

4A

Skyview put itself in good position to win its first championship by knocking off three-time defending champion Century in the second round.

The Hawks rallied from a two-set deficit for a 22-25, 17-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-12 victory and a spot in semifinals.

“They just kept competing and battling. It was fun to see — and that’s from the experience, senior experience, never panicking and just playing point for point,” Skyview coach Kevin Murphy said. “They were just relentless. They refused to quit and if we were going to get beat, Century was really going to have to earn it.”

Skyview faces Bonneville on Saturday morning in the semifinals. The Hawks have beaten the Bees twice this season, but Murphy expects a tough match.

“We knew coming in that if we wanted to win this thing we were going to have to probably go through Bonneville and Century. They are both the cream of the crop when it comes to volleyball,” Murphy said. “It’s not going to be easy. They are a great, great team, but we have played them before so there is a little familiarity and hopefully there is a little bit of confidence.”

Fellow District Three qualifiers Bishop Kelly and Middleton each went two-and-out.

3A

Parma didn’t allow a slow start to set the tone, rallying for a five-set win over Buhl in the first round.

The Panthers then held off Priest River in four games to move into a Saturday semifinal against Snake River.

Senior outside hitter Makayla Stockett led the Panthers in kills both matches, tallying 46. Twin sisters Rachel and Rebekah Compas combined for 72 digs, and setter Deborah Blanscet dished out 80 assists.

“These girls work really hard and they don’t give up,” Parma coach Kandice Compas said. “I think we can give (Snake River) a good match.”

Defending state champion Fruitland fell in its opener to Snake River, but stayed alive with back-to-back wins over Shelley and Priest River. The Grizzlies play Sugar-Salem on Saturday morning in an elimination match.

2A

District Three and reigning state champion Nampa Christian had a short stay at Lakeland High in Rathdrum, losing to North Fremont and Malad.

The same fate hit Melba, which was swept by Declo and Cole Valley.

The Chargers, who advanced to state by winning a play-in game, were the lone District Three team alive heading into the final matches of the day. Cole Valley was eliminated by North Fremont.

1A DIVISION I

District Three champion Liberty Charter’s first trip to state didn’t go as the Patriots might have hoped. Troy swept Liberty Charter in the first round and Butte County sent the Patriots packing after coming from behind for a four-set victory.

Idaho City won its opener against Wallace, then fell to Hagerman in three games and Butte County in four.

Compass Charter, which was making its second state appearance in school history, went two-and-out.

1A DIVISION II

Horseshoe Bend survived a four-game battle against Kendrick in its tournament opener, and then swept Mackay, last year’s runner-up, to secure a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Mustangs play defending state champion Lighthouse Christian.

District Three champion Tri-Valley won its first-round match against Camas County before losing in straight sets to Lighthouse Christian. Tri-Valley then eliminated Nez Perce for the right to play Mackay in another loser-out match Saturday morning.

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