In an evenly-matched battle, Central Linn managed to finish off the Savages' hopes for state in four games, winning 20-25, 30-28, 25-21 and 25-13 in a state sub-tournament match.

"It was semi-successful," mused coach Tammy Crawford after the fact. "Maybe the trip caught up with us, (but) the other team really played well and wore us down. They kept playing better and better."

The second game saw the momentum turn from Enterprise to Central Linn as game point was exchanged five times on the way to a Central victory. Enterprise put good effort into the third game, but was again denied, and in the fourth "things sort of drizzled," Crawford admitted.

Despite the loss in the first round, Crawford thought Enterprise had a great season. The team started slowly, with an unimpressive 4-7 record at the start of October, but fought back and finished the season at a respectable 11-11.

"The girls have a lot to be proud of," Crawford said, in regard to the turnaround. "It was a great season. We started slow but we finished strong."

In service, the Enterprise side was down from its usual 90-92 percentage and, as a team, served 88 percent. Jessie Morgan and Maddi Smith were 100 percent on the day, and seniors Kallie Hadden and Chelcee Noland served above 91 percent.

The match saw a parity on attacks, with Central firing 156 at Enterprise and the Savages firing 157 back. The rain of attacks put Morgan to task. Morgan had 32 assists and set the ball 138 times on the day.

Kill totals were respectable, with Hadden putting away 17 before a knee injury pulled her from what remained of the match. Kayla Stoffel had 13 kills of her own, and was hitting with a lot of authority, Crawford said.

On defense Stoffel led Enterprise in digs, going 33-for-41.

Central Linn was tipping often against Enterprise, which forced something of a lineup change. Crawford switched the team's formation to single blocker, which put Hadden and Smith alone against the Central hitters. Hadden had five blocks on the day and Smith three.

"It was a game with a lot of action. The people who made the trip were happy," Crawford said. Enterprise will be in a rebuilding mode next year, with the graduation of Hadden, Morgan, Noland, Stoffel and Alyse Fischer.

Central Linn will face Portland Christian in the next round.

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