Rallying has become the norm for St. Maries volleyball.
Since starting the season 0-10, the Jacks have gone 11-6.
After dropping two of three with Orofino at districts, St. Maries would face Declo in a state play-in Oct. 26 and quickly fall into a two-sets-to-none hole.
Again, and when it mattered most, the Lumberjacks rallied, winning the match in five sets to advance to this week’s state tournament at Lakeland High.
“We took the hard way to state for sure,” Coach Rachele Asbury said. “Inexperience and nerves showed, and we started out slow. I am so proud of the girls and how far they have come this season. They have worked hard for this.”
Allie Brebner had 23 digs and three aces in the 17-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18, 16-14 win. Mackenzie Hammond dished out 23 assists and Taci Watkins had nine kills. Jayden Martin served three aces, and Kirsten Miller had 10 kills and four blocks in the win.
The Lumberjacks will face District Six’s top team, Firth, Friday at 11 a.m. at Lakeland High, the winner advancing to a 4 p.m. match with Orofino or Melba.