Overlake’s fall sports season has ended after the Owls’ girls soccer and volleyball teams lost at state.
In the 1A soccer tournament, Cascade defeated the locals, 2-0, in the quarterfinals on Saturday at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee.
The defending state champs finished their season 15-3-1 overall.
“While we would have liked to play on in the final four, we know that making the state quarterfinals is a big accomplishment and something to be proud of,” said coach Sally Goodspeed. “The disappointment we feel over not making it back to the semis will only fuel the returning players to get back there next season.”
The coach said they will miss their two seniors, all-league defenders Faith Kipnis and Kate McConnell, who played massive roles in their success over the past few seasons.
“Their shoes will be hard to fill,” she said.
In 1A volleyball, the Owls lost their two games on Friday and were eliminated from the tournament at the Yakima Sundome.
Kiona Benton beat the Owls — who finished 15-4 overall — in the opener, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-19, and La Center knocked off the locals in their second game, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14 and 25-21.
At state, Sydney Goad had seven aces, 17 kills and 22 digs; Liv Sather had four aces and 42 digs; Marusia Levanidova had three aces, 10 kills, three blocks and 26 digs; and Ivy Haight had 14 kills, one ace and seven blocks.
Overlake volleyball made school history by earning its first Emerald City League championship, and coach Justice Magraw said the players will mark their legacy by adding a banner to the gym.
“I really believe this group has earned that reward, especially our senior leaders,” she said. “The many freshmen have learned what it means to compete at the high level and the seniors really taught them what it looks like to make it happen. I’m very excited to see what they will do next year.”