Season wrap-up: Volleyball


Greg Artman

The Wildcats pose for a picture after their first playoff game against Crook County. The Wildcats ended up taking the dub in a relatively close game.



Girls volleyball, although a short season, was packed with win after win. The girls managed to take second at state Saturday the 6th. The team was senior heavy this year with 6 seniors and coached by previous assistant coach, Scott Thomson. 

Compared to last season, this year looked a little more normal. The team competed in 14 games with a record of 13-1. For their league the girls took first place. With injuries and absences of a few girls throughout the season the team managed to maintain a high level of play. For example, key player Ashli Edmiston was down for nearly two weeks at the start of the season. In the girls first tournament in Tualatin the girls played 5 games without her and managed to win up until they played Crescent Valley. It was with this determination and strong team chemistry that allowed them to adapt to a slightly different line up.

The second La Salle game the girls played was incredible. They beat them in 5 sets with the largest volleyball student section seen at Wilsonville.”It felt great,” said Ashli Edmiston,”It took a lot of mental and physical preparation and so it felt great when all of the hard work paid off.” From there the team finished strong in the league and continued to play in the playoffs. Their first game being Saturday the 30th against Crook County. The cats ended up winning and three and then proceeded to drive to Coos Bay on Tuesday the 2nd for their second playoff game. Despite the 4 hour drive the girls maintained a high energy and played one of their best games yet, winning in 3 sets. 

After winning both playoff games the girls advanced to play Crescent Valley in semifinals, then West Albany at state. The Crescent Valley game was a brutal 5 sets, but when the girls got in the swing of things they came out on top. Saturday the 6th was a very momentous day for volleyball. The girls held a strong game, but ended up losing to West Albany in three very close sets. “The level of play was outstanding, and even when the team was down, we played as a family,” responded Cammy Gore, when asked if she had any comments on the final game. The cats held their heads high and overall had an incredible season with excellent team chemistry and insightful coaching.