Camas takes fifth place at state volleyball

By Greg Jayne, Columbian opinion editor

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LACEY — Camas swept Puyallup 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 Saturday, coming away with the fifth-place trophy at the Class 4A volleyball tournament.

"I'm glad we fought through our loss with Mead and came out and got fifth," senior Brindl Langley said.

The Papermakers bounced back from a loss in the quarterfinals Friday to Mead of Spokane. They defeated league rival Union in five games Saturday afternoon, advancing to the match against Puyallup to decide fifth and sixth place.

With the win over Union, Camas clinched the program's third trophy in four years, and its seventh since 2000. But it was the Papermakers' first as a 4A school, a classification they joined this year.

"My five seniors are amazing young ladies," coach Julie Nidick said. "Their leadership was invaluable. This team is about family — 12 young ladies that would do anything for each other."