Second place at state

Members of the Fruitland volleyball team pose with the second-place trophy and the 3A Sportsmanship Award after the 3A Volleyball State Tournament on Saturday at Lake City High School.

After a grinding weekend playing 23 sets of volleyball, the Fruitland volleyball team closed its 2019 season with a second place finish at the 3A State Tournament at Lake City High School.

After out-dueling reigning 3A state champion Filer in the semifinals (25-22, 18-25, 25-12, 25-20) the Grizzlies fell to Sugar-Salem (25-15, 25-19, 25-13) in the championship game.

Fruitland spent half of the weekend battling back on the consolation side of the bracket after losing to the Diggers in the quarterfinals in a tight five-set match. The Grizzlies blew ahead two sets, with the second set going to 35-33. The grueling pace ended up being too much for the Grizzlies, as the Diggers came back to take the match in five. The loss meant the Grizzlies had to grind through three more matches to get to the finals as Sugar-Salem needed to play just once more to make the championship match.

All-league picks

With the season over, the Grizzlies were sent home with some all-Snake River Valley hardware as well.

For the third season in a row, Fruitland’s Swiss Army knife Kate Hardy was named the Snake River Valley’s Player of the Year. The Dixie State University-bound middle blocker played all over the court for the Grizzlies this fall, often leading the team in kills, blocks and digs.

Fruitland coach Rena Sitz was named the Coach of the Year.

Fruitland senior outside hitter Sage McDaniel and sophomore setter Chanler O’Neil were also given first team honors.

Along with O’Neil, the Grizzlies showed that they have more in the tank next year as two underclassmen also picked up second team all-league honors. Junior defensive specialist Madison Scott and freshman middle blocker Ellie Baker were both named to the second team.

Sophomore outside hitter Myah Gibb, Junior defender Maycee Grosvenor, senior wing Hailey Hershey, senior defender Ami Wall and senior setter Josey Wilson were all honorable mentions.

Payette

The Pirates also had came home with all-league honors. Senior middle blocker Rachel Miller was give all-league first team honors.

Seniors Danielle Grant, Aeverie Burns and sophomore Sydney Dennison were all honorable mentions.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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