NORTH BEND — North Bend’s seven volleyball seniors celebrated their last home match with a big win over Siuslaw to clinch a spot in the Class 4A postseason, but it was a pair of juniors who carried the load on offense.
Brooklyn Lyon and Brenna Mault had 10 kills each, taking turns leading the Bulldogs to wins in the first two sets of a 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 win over the Vikings.
The two teams had entered the night tied for third place with two matches to go. North Bend completed a season sweep of the Vikings and clinched a spot in the play-in round.
“It was a perfect match to go out on,” senior setter Amanda Powley said of the final match for the seniors.
The Bulldogs played one of their best matches on their final home date.
“I think we played very well,” Powley said. “We were communicating. It went smoothly tonight.”
Despite the tense nature of the match, the Bulldogs didn’t get frazzled or play nervous added fellow senior Brittney Kubli.
“We knew we needed this win to even get a play-in game,” Kubli said. “We came in with just the right level heads.”
North Bend never trailed in the first two sets, with Lyon having six kills in the opening set and Mault eight kills and two aces in the second.
Kubli often is North Bend’s leading hitter, but only had two kills before getting two late in the third set, though she did have eight digs and a pair of aces, on back-to-back points in the final set.
“I think tonight, my strength was defense,” she said, adding that she doesn’t mind not having a big offensive night. “I don’t care about my stats as long as we’re winning.”
Powley said she likes to distribute to whoever is hot on a given night, and that both Lyon and Mault were very hot. But the veteran setter added that all of North Bend’s hitters were confident.
“Everyone was there ready calling for (the ball),” she said. “Everyone wanted it.”
Tiana Michaud, another senior, had six kills while seniors Julie Gage, Kaylynn Pickett and libero Drew Culver did their work on defense. The other senior, Maya Andersson, is an exchange student.
North Bend coach Jessica Randle said her entire squad played well.
“I saw them relax,” she said. “I saw them have fun.”
That was not a given with the setting of senior night.
“It’s a tough night because it’s so emotional,” Randle said. “That senior leadership is going to be hard to replace. I have such a nice group of girls. I love being around them.”
Because of Tuesday’s win, the Bulldogs have guaranteed that to extend beyond this week.
North Bend finishes league play at Douglas on Thursday and plays in Marshfield’s tournament on Saturday. Then the Bulldogs wait to see where they end up in the play-in round.
Siuslaw, meanwhile, will have to hope it finishes high enough in the power rankings for an at-large spot in the play-in round.
Mak York led the Vikings with 10 kills, seven stuff blocks and 15 digs.
Siuslaw visits South Umpqua on Thursday and also will play in Marshfield’s tournament Saturday.