2A/1A Volleyball: Crane Conquers John Day, North Douglas And Salem Academy Start Strong

The first few days of the season bring us the first games of the 2022 campaign, including our first tournaments of the season. With so much action on any given weekend, each weekend will have a split perspective and recap for all six classifications. Week 0 starts off with notable stories from the 2A/1A classes…

Crane Captures The Grant Union Tournament

On what was an interesting day of action in John Day, the Crane Mustangs emerged victorious in the Grant Union Tournament on Saturday. The Mustangs took out Prairie City and Enterprise but fell to Grant Union to cap pool play action. In the bracket madness, they got a test from Prairie City but ultimately got it done in two sets, then finished off the tournament with a clean sweep of Joseph 25-11, 25-21. Cousins Kortney Doman and Leslie Doman played well to anchor Crane’s efforts on Saturday, with Kortney capturing the spotlight with some impressive work on both sides of the ball, showing power and blocking ability to make an impact for Crane. Josie Taylor also showed promise defensively for the Mustangs.

Defending 1A and 2A Champions Make A Mark

The 2021 state champions for each class were in action on Saturday, as North Douglas played a three-way meet in Lowell and Salem Academy travelled to Medford for a three-way meet themselves. North Douglas started slow against Weston-McEwen, dropping the opening set to open the season to the Tigerscots. However, they ultimately pulled it together to capture three straight sets and take the victory. In the second match, the Warriors took another 3-1 victory against Lowell, cruising in the first couple sets before dropping a close third set and closing it out in the fourth. Lowell and Weston-McEwen were tabbed #5 and #7 in the preseason EOG power rankings, giving fuel to start the season down at North Douglas.

Just like their counterparts from Drain, the Salem Academy played a class up against Vale and Cascade Christian in Medford. Vale took the first two sets against the Crusaders, but Salem Academy reeled off three straight set victories to win the match against Vale, including an overtime 17-15 final set win. Things calmed down in the second match with Cascade Christian, as the Crusaders split the first two sets before cruising to victory 3-1 over the Challengers with a pair of 25-19 set victories.

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