Hilanders advance to Elite Eight

BURNS – The fans of the Amity volleyball team made the trip to Burns only to see the Hilanders show the reasoning behind their league championship. In a quick 3-0 match, Burns is on the way to the 3A quarterfinals after downing the Warriors on Saturday, November 2.

Amity did score the first point of the match in game one, but Burns took the lead at the 2-1 mark and never looked back, leading by as many as eight points in the set. In a quick set, Burns cruised to a 25-18 victory.

For the home fans, the second set started as the first one ended with the Hilanders jumping out early and leading by five points at the 11-6 mark. Amity fought back, knotting up the score at 15 points and taking the lead at 16-15. Burns was force to regroup and fight back and tied up the set at 21 points. Going ahead at 22-21, the Hilanders held on for a 25-22 win.

The Warriors were never in game three as Burns jumped out with the first three points and continued to extend the lead to 14-5 before Amity coach Katelyn Rolston called for a time out. The Warriors were able to close in the latter part of the set, but never did lead and fell 25-21.

Burns junior Allie Hueckman terrorized the Warriors at the net, recording 19 kills. Sophomore Kaitlyn Wright ended her day with 12 kills.

As a team, the Hilanders served at 86.5 percent.

Senior Mariah Atencio led Burns with three blocks and junior Kaiden Raif ended the match with 33 assists.

Burns, currently seeded sixth in the state, will be at Forest Grove High School on Friday, November 8 to take the court against the third seeded Creswell Bulldogs. Like Burns, the Bulldogs had no problems in the first round, downing Scio 3-0.

Last year, both Creswell and Burns advanced to the quarterfinals with both teams falling in both quarterfinal and consolation play. Creswell enters this year after finishing runner up in the Mountain Valley Conference and posts a 19-8 record.