Twin Falls 3, Burley 1
TWIN FALLS| The Twin Falls Bruins are once again the District IV Class 4A champions and the Burley Bobcats will be making a trip to state for the first time in 16 years.
The Bobcats can always say that they were the first team to give the Bruins a loss in the Great Basin Conference in 2016. But Twin Falls can always respond back that they were the district champions, beating Burley, 21-25, 25-12, 26-24, 25-20.
“That’s okay,” said Twin Falls coach BJ Price. “We found a way to be down a set and recover. We always need to be competitive.”
Both teams were in their own systems and had all weapons from every single position ready to fire. They were both running fast (offense). Both teams passing and offense struggled a little bit at times but both chipped away and made corrections. Neither team appeared to get ahead of themselves and just played it point by point.
“We will make some errors but it is recovering as a team not as individuals that we work for to help each other,” said Price.
Juniors Whitney Solosabal and Morgan Harr led the Bruins with impressive double-doubles. Solosabal recorded 13 kills and 19 digs and setter Morgan Harr dished out 40 assists and pulled up19 digs. Kennedi Evans was the leader in hits with 15 kills. Libero Tayllore Ward added 13 digs.
Burley coach Stephanie Shirley could not have been prouder of the Bobcats and know the girls believe in each other and believe in their motto of “Rise As One”.
“The girls came ready to play tonight. Even when they made mistakes, they fought back and gave it their all.”
The Burley team offense consisted of 46 kills and seven aces while the defense put up 11 blocks and 43 digs.
Burley 3, Minico 0
It was a battle between Mini-Cassia rivals Thursday prior to the championship game. The Bobcats and Spartans traded blows through three sets until second-seeded Burley would finally overcome the strong challenge by #3 Minico, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23.
“We showed a team effort and played united,” said Burley coach Stephanie Shirley.”Minico is really good. The girls all know each other because they play club together.”
Burley had 32 kills as a team, the defense had 34 digs and seven blocks, and added seven service aces.
Minico coach Michelle Perry didn’t feel many of the Spartans pieces were working properly and concluded the Spartans were riddled with just too many errors.
“Errors overshadowed out kills. Our serve receive, passing and blocking was weak especially in the first two sets.”
Spartan junior setter Saydi Anderson dished out 23 assists and Brinley Stutzman picked up 13 digs.
But the entire match wasn’t entirely negative for Minico as the Spartans made it clear they weren’t going down without a fight in the final set.
“The third set we came back with a little more heart,” said Perry.
2A District IV (Wednesday night)
Declo 3, Wendell 0
The Hornets advance to the 2A state tournament after sweeping the Trojans in the district tournament.
1AI District IV tournament
Hagerman 3, Oakley 1
The Pirates upset the No. 2 seeded Hornets to advance to the state tournament play-in game against Challis on Saturday.
Aubri Achabal and Julianna Douville combined for 12 kills, Natalie Firth and Mackenzie Crist 44 assists while Cameron Locklar and Crist combined for 30 digs. Achabal also had three blocks.
1AII District IV Tournament
Dietrich 3, Hansen 1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-17)
Dietrich 3, Carey 1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13)
The Blue Devils defeated Hansen and Carey to earn the No. 2 seed from District IV in the IAII state tournament.
In its first game against Hansen, Ryann Perron had 23 assists and 10 kills, Brianna Astle added 17 assists, Jaxon Eggleston 14 kills, Matigan Bingham nine kills and 20 digs, Quincie Christiansen six kills and 13 digs and Cassie Berthelson five kills and three aces.
In its victory against Carey, Ryann Perron had 17 assists, 10 kills and 17 digs, Brianna Astle added 26 assists, Jaxon Eggleston 11 kills, Matigan Bingham 10 kills and 23 digs and Quincie Christiansen nine kills, five aces and 10 digs. Cassie Berthelson also added six kills.