HILLSBORO — Jorden Swanson said she would have taken a sixth-place state finish if given that spot at the beginning of the season.
The Lebanon coach wasn’t disappointed Saturday afternoon when her team took sixth after losing to Summit in the 5A volleyball fourth-place match at Liberty High School.
Set scores were 25-17, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24.
“Sixth is nothing to be ashamed of. We’re proud of where we ended up and fought hard and it was a good season,” said Swanson, who was a senior setter on the last Lebanon team to make the tournament, in 2006. Lebanon took fifth that year.
Against Summit, the 2011 state champion, the Warriors were just a break or two from sending the match to a fifth and final set.
The Storm, of Bend, was serving for the match in the fourth but put the ball in the net. Lebanon followed with a serve of its own into the net to give Summit a 25-24 lead. The Storm then ended the match with a service ace.
Summit took the lead for good in the first set at 7-6 and later went ahead 13-7. Lebanon got no closer than four from there.
The Warriors took a 6-5 lead in the second set and never gave it up. Though the Storm kept it close before Lebanon ended the set on an 8-2 run.
Summit started fast in the third set with the first six points. The Storm went up by as many as nine and Lebanon got no closer than four.
The fourth set went back and forth, with 14 ties. The Warriors went up 20-17 and held the lead until Summit tied it at 22-22.
Amanda Short had nine kills and four aces for Lebanon. Shelby Miller added five kills and seven aces. Libbie Hoene had 10 digs and three aces.
“I think that’s one of the best battles we’ve ever had,” said Warriors senior setter Mikenzee Frazier, who had 18 assists. “I’m very proud of our team. It was a group effort. We played well, I thought.”
Lebanon got into the fourth-place match with a three-set sweep of Corvallis earlier in the day. Set scores were 25-17, 25-22, 25-16.
The Spartans finish the season with a 13-10 record.