Springfield — The match that 4A had been looking forward to and debating about since Marshfield made their rise to the summit: Marshfield facing defending 4A champion Cascade. On Saturday night in Springfield, the dream became a reality as the two heavyweights went to battle for the 4A championship. Cascade seeked to become back-to-back state champions, while Marshfield was looking for their first title in school history.
The newbie Pirates opened up in full force, throwing a punch to a 4-0 lead in the opening set. Cascade fought back, tying it up 4-4. Marshfield wouldn’t be intimidated though, firing off an 8-0 run to take control 12-4 over Cascade in the first set. An Annabelle Peterson kill ended the streak for Cascade, and the Cougars would nibble their way back into it to an 18-11 score. Leading by seven, Marshfield got a couple Tatum Montiel kills and a pair of aces from Kate Miles to setup set point in the first set, finishing the deal on another Montiel kill to take the opening set 25-14 over Cascade.
Things wouldn’t change or shift early in the second set, as Marshfield fed off their energy and momentum to open up a 7-2 advantage with some help from four straight Cougar errors. Trailing 13-8, Cascade would claw their way back through a couple Lucretia Benolken kills and a Kate Miles ace to close within 14-12 against Marshfield. With some more errors by Cascade and a couple Tatum Montiel aces, the Pirates were right back to an 18-12 advantage in the second set. The Cougars fought back again, getting three kills by Kill by Annabelle Peterson and two Bella Oliver aces to close within 22-20 with Marshfield. Cascade tied up the match at 22-all on another Peterson kill, just for Bridget Gould to throw down a kill to give Marshfield a 23-22 lead again. A service error by Cascade gave Marshfield a commanding 2-0 lead over Cascade with a 25-23 second set win.
Unlike in the previous sets, Cascade would find a foothold and hold their ground against Marshfield, trading blows en route to a 5-5 game. The Cougars would take their first lead and open up a small gap, executing on Marshfield errors to take an 8-6 lead over the Pirates. After Cascade took a 10-7 advantage, the Cougars shot themselves in the foot with three straight unforced errors, allowing Marshfield to tie it up at 10. A Benolken kill and Ainsworth ace had Cascade leading 12-10, but an 8-2 run had Marshfield back up front 18-14 in the third set against Cascade. The Pirates would put the nail on the coffin, finishing off the sweep of Cascade to win the 4A Championship over the Cougars.
Marshfield: Tatum Montiel and Bridget Gould both led with 11 kills and 9 kills respectively, Ava Ainsworth recorded 22 assists, and Gracie Peach had ten digs.
Cascade: Annabelle Peterson and Lucretia Benolken had nine kills and eight kills, Meah Carley had 21 assists, Jadyn Daviscourt recorded nine digs.
For Marshfield, it is their first state title in school history, while Cascade records their second state runner-up placement in school history.