FOREST GROVE — After a two-year absence, Santiam Christian High is back in the 3A state volleyball title game.
The No. 3 seed Eagles upset No. 2 Coquille in four sets, winning 25-17, 25-12, 21-25, 25-20.
The Eagles will take on No. 1 seed Cascade Christian at 6 p.m. at Forest Grove High. The Challengers were untested on Friday in sweeping past No. 8 Blanchet Catholic (25-19, 25-12, 25-15) and No. 5 Vale (25-6, 25-9, 25-19).
Santiam Christian last played in the title game in 2014, winning its third straight championship and the fifth in six seasons.
The Eagles advanced to the semifinals, rallying for a four-set win over No. 11 Portland Christian. Set scores were 17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-12.
HILLSBORO — Lebanon saw its run for a second straight 5A volleyball title end in the semifinals of the state tournament at Liberty High.
After upsetting No. 2 North Eugene in five sets in the quarterfinals, No. 7 seed Lebanon was swept by No. 3 Bend in the semis.
Set scores were 25-18, 25-16, 25-17.
The Warriors reached the semifinals with a 27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 20-25, 15-11 win. It was the Highlanders' second loss of the season.
Lebanon will look to finish third when it takes on Mid-Willamette rival Corvallis at 2:15 Saturday for third place. The teams split their matches in the regular season, each winning on their home floor.
REDMOND — Central Linn’s bid for a state title came to an end with a tough three-set loss to No. 1 Culver on Friday night in the 2A state volleyball tournament at Ridgeview High.
Culver advanced to the finals with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 victory over the No. 4-seeded Cobras.
Central Linn can finish third with a win over Kennedy in Saturday’s third/fifth place match.
The Cobras have played three matches against Kennedy this season, and all three went five sets with Central Linn losing two of the three.
Culver faces Grant Union for the title at 8:30 p.m.
The Cobras reached the semifinals with a hard-fought win over No. 5 and Tri-River Conference rival St. Paul in four sets.
Set scores were 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 26-24.
It was the Cobras’ third win over St. Paul this season.