4A State Finals: Impact Players
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The 4A State finals two weekends ago were between 2022 State champs Marshfield High School and Marist High School. The Spartans battled and beat the Pirates in thrilling five sets (19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15). To recap the match, we…
The 4A State finals two weekends ago were between 2022 State champs Marshfield High School and Marist High School.
The Spartans battled and beat the Pirates in thrilling five sets (19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15).
To recap the match, we will be identifying and highlighting players from each team who were impact players for the team. Although the Spartans came out on top, the Pirates also had some athletes with great performances in the match.
MARIST HIGH SCHOOL
Elgarico, who was named Player of the Match by Moda Health, has been an integral piece of the Spartans success this season as a captain and six-rotation outside hitter. As bouncy and athletic as they come, she was relied on heavily to put the ball away. With a match-high 28 kills, she was incredibly efficient with 60 swings, hitting an impressive .367. She was also error-free from the service line with 14 attempts, serving the final point of the patch. Elgarico also tallied nine digs and had 17 serve-receive receptions with only three errors. Lucky for the Spartans, she is only a junior, so Elgarico will be back for one more season to sport the navy and gold.
Spurlock is only a freshman but the Spartans entrusted her to do big things for the team on the right side. Having played middle during her last club season with Webfoot 14-1, she transitioned to the pin with ease. Tied for the 3rd most attack attempts on the team for the night, it is safe to say when Spurlock was in the front row, she was fed. With 19 swings, she put the ball away 8 times with only one error, hitting an impressive .368, the highest attack percentage of the match. This included a two big swings by Sprulock to force a 5th set. With her being only a class of 2027, Spurlock will be an athlete to watch over the coming seasons.
Setting a 5-1 in the State finals is a big job that even the most experienced setters may struggle with. All eyes are on you to execute the offense. So, when a freshman can do this without faltering, heads should turn. This was the case for the Spartans, who had freshman Rohman carry out a 5-1 for the entirety of the match. Her set selection remained unpredictable, not over using her two outsides, working both the middles and right side into the offense. She entrusted freshman Spurlock to put the ball away at bigh moments. Only a class of 2027, I am excited to see her progress in the sport over the coming years.
Senior captain Tuguldar was a factor in the Spartans first state-title since 1999. As a six-rotation pin, she played confident and steady throughout the entire match in every facet of her game. Receiving the second most sets, behind, on 44 swings she had 16 kills, resulting in a hitting percentage of .273. From the service line, her jump float proved tough to stop with three service aces on 32 attempts with no errors. Her backcourt play was impressive, and was needed to keep the Spartans in the game. She racked up 13 digs and was perfect on serve receive with 20 receptions and no errors. She will be a tough hole to fill for the Spartans going forward. Tuguldur recently signed to play softball for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps college, but could she also be seen on the volleyball court?
MARSHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Junior setter Ainsworth was not seen off the court during the State finals, running a 5-1 for the Pirates. She fed powerhouse hitter Gould consistently, relying on her to put the ball away all around. With 121 set attempts, 56 of those converted into assists. At 6’1”, she has no problem playing across the front row, putting up a big block, which resulted in two blocks on the match, and has the ability to be offensive on the second ball, talling up six kills. She also posted 15 digs. Lucky for the Raiders, Ainsworth will be back to dominate one last season.
Gould, who was named Player of the Match by Moda Health, has been an integral piece of the lineup since transferring from North Bend last season. She was their primary weapon during the State finals, being fed all over the court. Even though she is a left-handed hitter, she attacked from everywhere, although on the right-side was her best swing. She was relentless on the attack, converting 27 of her 61 swings into kills, hitting a .344. From the service line, her jump float garnered her two service aces on 23 attempts. She also posted 10 digs and had 19 serve receive receptions, with three errors. A University of Oregon commit, Gould will leave a big hole to fill for the Pirates going forward.
Macduff, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, had herself an impressive match in the State finals. On the attacking front, she posted 16 kills, making a minimal two errors on 38 swings, hitting an imposing .368. She did not let nerves rattle her from the service line, racking up five service aces on 18 attempts with her standing float. She also posted 10 digs and had 17 serve receive receptions, with only one reception error. Her passing to keep the team in system was vital in their ability to compete. A three-sport athlete for Marshfield, she is a top-notch basketball player, receiving First Team honors last season. With both Macduff and Gould graduating this year, the Pirates have two major offensive holes in their line up going into next season. Luckily, they will be returning, a six-rotation outside hitter opposuite Macduff.