TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Twin Falls took on Canyon Ridge in the opening match of the Great Basin Ten district tournament. The Bruins had no problem with the seven seed winning in straight sets (25-12, 25-10, 25-14).
But the following match would be a lot tougher facing Burley in the semi-finals, the Bobcats took down Pocatello earlier in the day, three sets to one. Both represented the conference last year at state and it was a fun battle to watch in 2017 as well.
This year thanks to the entrance of state powerhouse Century, Twin Falls is the second seed, while the Bobcats are the third.
The winner of Saturday afternoon's game books a trip to state and a spot in the district championship.
The Bobcats mounting a comeback, down five points in the first set, BYU commit (the Cougars are ranked No. 1 in the nation) Makayla Tolman with the nice set out to Kennedee Tracy and the senior puts it away down the line. It's 22-18 Twin Falls.
But then the Bruins fire back with a kill by Kaitlin Evans.
Twin Falls wins the first set and prevailed in five. They travel to Century Thursday for the championship.
"I am so proud of this group of girls. We set our goal to play every point, one set and one match at a time," explained Twin Falls head coach Andria Harshman. "This weekend showed our full potential and I couldn't be prouder of them making it to the state tournament. We are excited to head to Century Thursday night and play for the district title!"
Here's a look at the numbers for Twin Falls. Taylor Burnham led the Bruins with 36 kills on the day, for an average of four and a half per set. Pacing the defense, Clair Hodge produced 30 digs. While Shelby Veenstra tallied a total of 73 assists in the two matches.
Burley's Tolman had a whopping 27 kills against the Bruins. She also produced 23 against Pocatello.
The Bobcats host the Spartans in a loser-out match. The Wolverines play Pocatello at home also in a loser-out match, both games are set for Tuesday. The winners of both games meet up for the third and final seed to state. That match will be on Thursday at the higher seed.
3A DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL:
Filer 3, Buhl 0 (25-18, 25-11, 27-25)
Gooding 3, Kimberly 0: The Bulldogs play the Indians in a loser-out game at home on Tuesday.
1A DII DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL:
Murtaugh 3, Richfield 0
Hansen 3, Hagerman 1
Lighthouse 3, Murtaugh 0 (25-10 25-9 25-12): Gracie Cover paced the Lions with 15 kills, while Maycee Holloway provided 28 set assists. The Lions face the Huskies on Tuesday, while the Red Devils battle the Pirates in a loser-out game.