Certainly the youngest team in this week's Northside 1A Sub-District volleyball tournament, The Community School Cutthroats (8-9) made some noise by rising from their fourth-place seeding to third place in the final standings Tuesday at Carey.
The Sun Valley girls, led by the powerful hitting of 5-8 junior Amaya Ingram, came close to qualifying for the state tournament, despite losing their first match Monday.
Six juniors, one senior and plenty of determination: Those were the things the Cutthroats brought to the court in a tournament won, as expected, by #1-seeded Richfield, who defeated Shoshone 25-22, 27-25, 25-20 Tuesday in the Carey gym. All-star senior hitter Cassie Wood sparked Richfield.
The Cutthroats of coaches Reamy Goodwin and Kristyn Price captured a pair of exciting five-game matches Tuesday in the loser bracket of the seven-team double elimination tournament before finally being eliminated by defending State 1A champion Shoshone 25-10, 25-22, 25-15.
Richfield and second-place Shoshone automatically qualified for the 16-team State 1A tournament Oct. 26-28 at Declo. Richfield and Southside Conference champion Hagerman tangled Thursday night at Carey for state seeding, while Shoshone went up against Raft River for state seeding in the other match Thursday.
It was win-or-go home Tuesday, and the Cutthroats answered the bell.
Their two-hour match against Carey (8-18) went down to the wire before the Cutthroats pulled it out 25-19, 19-25, 15-25, 30-28, 15-13.
Led by seniors Brittany Hennefer and Emily Olsen, Carey surged ahead 11-7 and 13-10 and needed only two points in the fifth game to advance. But Ingram swung the hammer for two spikes that made it 13-12, and 5-9 Caroline Fairchild made a huge block to even the score 13-13.
With Shawnee Brew serving, the Panthers couldn't set up an attack, and then Ingram finished the Cutthroat win with an authoritative kill.
Community School, which lost in five games to Camas County in its only match Monday, came back and won another five-game thriller 12-15, 25-16, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12 over #3-seeded Dietrich later Tuesday.
It was a promising finish for the Cutthroats, who will be looking to do more volleyball damage next fall.