Following a semifinal showdown last November, the Corvallis High and Lebanon volleyball teams are on opposite sides of the bracket at this year’s 5A state tournament.
The fourth-seeded Spartans (18-4), who split with Lebanon en route to the outright Mid-Willamette Conference title, will face No. 5 Sandy (15-6) at 1:15 p.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals at Liberty High in Hillsboro. The winner advances to play top-seeded Summit or No. 8 Hood River Valley in the semifinals, which are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday night.
No. 7 Lebanon (14-6) opens the tournament against second-seeded North Eugene (24-1) at 3:15 p.m. Friday for a spot in the semis against No. 3 Bend or No. 11 Dallas. North Eugene’s one loss was to Corvallis at the St. Helens tournament on Oct. 7.
The Warriors earned a five-set victory over the Spartans in last year’s state semifinals before falling to Bend in the championship match. Corvallis wound up placing fifth.
Lebanon collected a 3-1 victory over visiting La Salle Prep in Saturday’s round of 16 while Corvallis swept a home match against Putnam.
At the 3A state tournament, No. 3 Santiam Christian (20-3) is set to face 11th-seeded Portland Christian (18-5) at 3:15 p.m. Friday. The quarterfinal match will be held at Forest Grove High with the winner advancing to play No. 2 Coquille or No. 7 Rainier at 8:30 p.m. that night.
The Eagles, who cruised to a straight-sets win over Catlin Gabel in the round of 16, are in the state quarterfinals for the 15th consecutive season. SC won the West Valley League championship while Portland Christian finished second behind Rainier in the Lewis & Clark League.
No. 4 Central Linn (20-3) will open the 2A state tournament at 8 a.m. Friday against fifth-seeded St. Paul (16-8) at Ridgeview High in Redmond. Awaiting the winner will be No. 1 Culver or No. 9 Heppner for a 6:30 p.m. semifinal match.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 7 Monroe (22-6) must pass a difficult test in No. 2 Grant Union (25-1) at 10 a.m. to advance. Third-seeded Kennedy or No. 6 Gaston will be the winner’s semifinal opponent at 6:30 p.m.
Central Linn won both matches against St. Paul in Tri-River Conference play, including a four-set road victory on Oct. 10.
Grant Union has rattled off 18 consecutive wins — 15 by sweep — since a five-set home loss to Culver on Sept. 5.