When league champion Woodland went two-and-out at the 2A district volleyball tournament, it was up to Ridgefield to carry the flag of the 2A Greater St. Helens League.
And wave the flag the Spudders did.
Ridgefield, runner-up to the Beavers in the 2A GSHL this season, survived two grueling five-set matches to capture the 2A district title Saturday in Tumwater.
In the semifinals, Ridgefield rallied from 2-1 down to beat Tumwater, 25-20, 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11.
In the championship match, Ridgefield jumped out to a two-set lead before Black Hills, playing on its home court, rallied to send the match to a deciding fifth-set. There, Ridgefield prevailed 16-14, with the Wolves’ last shot landing wide, sending the Spudders into celebration.
Ridgefield will be the No. 1 seed to next week’s 2A state tournament at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.
Hockinson, which lost to Black Hills in the other semifinal, fell to Columbia River in a loser-out match. River lost to Tumwater in five sets in the third-place match as Tumwater claimed the final berth to state.
4A bi-district — Camas and Union saw their seasons come to an end, both in 3-0 defeats at Kent.
Camas was eliminated by Kennedy Catholic 25-21, 25-25, 25-15. Keelie Leblanc had 10 kills and 13 digs, Madison Pfaff 35 digs, and Aubrey Stanton 15 digs, 14 assists and five kills.
Kentridge ousted Union 25-15, 25-14, 25-16. No details were reported.
3A bi-district — Prairie booked a spot at state, taking down Mountain View and Bonney Lake, both in three games, in the tournament at Yelm.
1A district — La Center advanced to state by beating King’s Way Christian in five tough games 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11.
Castle Rock had beaten La Center 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in the championship game, and La Center eliminated King’s Way for the second seed to state.
King’s Way had defeated Elma in five games to reach the second-place match, 22-25, 25-21, 24-25, 25-19, 16-14.
Against Elma, sophomore Dana Snider had 20 kills and 25 digs, and then had 24 kills and 12 digs against La Center for the Knights.
Laynie Erickson had 29 digs and 22 kills for La Center in second-place match. Amanda Holm added 36 assists and 23 digs, Katie Leslie had 18 digs and Tiffany Chandler had 17 digs.
Camas 3, Rogers-Puyallup 0 — The Papermakers earned the No. 1 seed from the 4A bi-district playoffs with the shutout of Rogers.
Maddie Kemp scored the first goal will an assist from Jazzy Paulson. Paulson then scored the second goal with an assist from Carla Jooste for a 2-0 halftime lead. Jenna Efraimson had the third goal with an assist from Kemp. Camas earns a home match for the first round of the state playoffs, either Tuesday or Wednesday.
King’s Way Christian 1, Montesano 0 — Elise Schey scored King’s Way goal on an assist from Aurora Espinoza Chaney as the Knights won the district title and top seed to the state tournament. Hannah Moats made seven saves in goal for the shutout.