McKenzie Varsity Volleyball traveled to Crow on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to tangle with the Cougars and the Eagles returned home with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, and 25-21) win over their hosts, setting up a Mt. West Valley Division showdown with League rival Lowell for the Division Title. With the win, the Eagles were tied with Lowell at 9-1 in Mt. West League play. At Crow, McKenzie was led by Makaila Hiddleston who tallied 10 kills and 15 digs for her team. Sydney King also had 15 digs on the evening along with 6 kills and Peace Shepherd added another 13 digs and 6 kills. Katey Totten produced 2 blocks to go with her 20 assists in the match. Corinna Price served up 4 aces while Ayshia Seiler added another 9 assists.
Red Devils Douse Eagle Fire, Put Damper on Eagle Senior Night
The stage was set. McKenzie Volleyball Senior Night. McKenzie tied for first place with Lowell in the Mt. West League Valley Division. The Eagles, currently sporting one of the State’s longest winning streaks, ranked 11th in the OSAA State rankings, and savoring an opportunity to avenge McKenzie’s only League loss by hosting Lowell, the offending team, at home, believed they owned a script to good to be true. It was. Much to the Eagle’s chagrin, it wasn’t the home team celebrating a defining victory on a special night honoring McKenzie’s seniors and their parents. Instead, Lowell, who brought their own very loud and supportive boosters, sealed the deal by defeating the Eagles in 3 sets, 25-21, 29-27, and 25-15. For the match, Peace Shepherd and Corinna Price led the Eagle attack with 5 kills apiece. Shepherd also contributed 2 blocks and 8 digs. Sydney King led her team again with 13 digs and Katey Totten added 10 assists and 8 digs.
The Mt. West League this season has been divided into two Divisions. The Coast Division consists of Mapleton, Triangle Lake, Eddyville, Alsea, and Siletz Valley. Mapleton and Triangle Lake ended their regular League schedules tied at the top at 9-3, and played a tie-breaker match last Sat., Oct. 20, held at Crow High School. Triangle Lake won that match in 4 sets and laid claim to the Coast Division title. The Valley Division consists of Lowell (Division Champion), McKenzie, Crow, and Mohawk. The Mt. West League Playoffs have the #3 Coast Seed Eddyville traveling to #2 Valley Seed McKenzie and the #3 Valley Seed Crow traveling to #2 Coast Seed Mapleton. Both those matches play on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with match times set at 6 pm. The winners of those matches advance to play in the League 2nd round on Thursday, Oct. 25. The winner of the Eddyville/McKenzie match will travel to #1 Coast Seed Triangle Lake and the winner of the Crow/Mapleton match will travel to #1 Valley Seed Lowell with match times set again at 6 pm. The two 2nd round winners will meet at Junction City High School for the Mt. West League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:00 pm. to decide the #1 and #2 seeds to the OSAA State 1A Volleyball Championships. The two losing teams from the second round matches on Thursday will precede the League Championship Match at 11:00 am. at Junction City HS. with the winner representing the League as the #3 seed to the OSAA State 1A Volleyball Championships and the losing team finished for the 2012 season.
The Eagles, needing a victory in Mt. West League play to remain in the hunt for a post season berth, produced one at Mohawk on Friday, Oct. 19, defeating the Indians 28-12. Following the loss to Crow the week before, McKenzie at 3-2 in League and tied for 3rd place with Siletz Valley and Triangle Lake, must now most likely win every game remaining to qualify for the last play-off berth to the OSAA State 1A Football Championships. Those games are with Yoncalla this coming Friday, Oct. 26 at McKenzie and against Lowell at Lowell the following Friday, Nov. 2. Yoncalla is currently 1-4 in League and Lowell is undefeated and ranked #1 in the OSAA State rankings. In the game with Mohawk, Eagle Quarterback Victor Vidal passed for 178 yards with 6 completions out of 22 pass attempts, including a 90 yard completion to Caleb Scrivner. Vidal produced 2 Touchdowns, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble lost on the evening. Scrivner led his teammates with 2 pass receptions for a total of 178 yards and 2 of the Eagle Touchdowns. Josh Ness carried the ball for the Eagles 12 times and ground out 126 yards, with a long carry of 69 yards. Ness accounted for 2 of the Eagles touchdowns. Defensively, Vidal led the team with 11 tackles, 7 solo and 4 assisted. Ness also had 11 tackles with 6 solo and 5 assisted. McKenzie sacked the Mohawk quarterback 7 times for a total of 65 yards lost. Seth Bursom and Victor Vidal led the Eagles in sacks with 2.5 apiece. Also aiding the Eagle cause was Bailey Adams who recovered 4 fumbles.