As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Simply put, Savage was a towering presence. More than her height (6-foot-6), Savage forced opponents to game plan around her. Savage recorded 133 kills and 32 blocks with an average of 3.24 kills per set. “Tristin had a great postseason,” coach Shana Lavier said. “She was able to shut down key players with her blocking. Offensively, other teams didn’t know how to defend her height. Other teams were so conscious of her, that it left offensive attacks open for our other hitters.” Savage received first team all-MWC honors for her performance during the season.
The junior setter played a big role in making Dallas’ volleyball team go. Classen recorded 332 assists during Mid-Willamette Conference play and had a serving percentage of 95.5 percent with 32 aces, but it was her dedication that stood out. “Every day, she would show up to practice and give 100 percent,” Lavier said. “Her teammates knew that she was always going to give her best effort, no matter what.” That dedication led to helping the Dragons reach the 5A state quarterfinals and earn first team all-league recognition. “She had an incredible postseason against Crater and Marist (Catholic),” Lavier said. “She was able to mix up the offense to throw opponents off their game. She is one of the most athletic kids I have ever coached and a great all-around human being.”
The senior was an offensive force for the Panthers during the 2017 season. Omlid had a 95.9 serving percentage with 27 aces, and recorded 316 kills, 263 digs and 34 blocks. Omlid, who received an all-league honorable mention, was a key part in Central’s success, both with her play on the court and her leadership off it. “Krista is an amazing volleyball player,” coach Claudine Mendazona said. “Her game has excelled tremendously, and she has battled through some pretty significant challenges along the way. She led our team offensively and contributed to our success in many ways.”
Chavez, a junior, excelled at libero for the Panthers. Chavez recorded 40 aces and 370 digs and earned first team all-league honors for her performance during the season. “Elizabeth is one of the best defenders we’ve had go through the Central volleyball program,” Mendazona said. “She’s a battler. She’s feisty and has determination. She is a positive leader for the team and has displayed great composure throughout her three years playing.”
The junior earned first team all-Casco League recognition for her efforts during the 2017 season. Lux led the Pirates in kills. “Alyssa is very passionate about the sport of volleyball and it shows when she is on the court playing,” coach Denise Dickey said. Lux was a key offensive threat for Perrydale, helping the Pirates reach the second round of the 1A state playoffs.
The sophomore setter was the key cog in making the Pirates’ offense run smoothly. Juarez led Perrydale in assists and was second on the team in aces and was a leader in Perrydale’s run to the 1A state playoffs. “Nathalie worked hard for her team to make them be the best they could be,” Dickey said. “Her great attitude and positivity on and off the court kept the team together at even the most difficult times. She kept her composure at all times on the court.”
Lavier helped the Dragons, which started league play 0-4, to a surprise run to the 5A state quarterfinals, before losing to eventual state champions Bend. It was the team’s first trip to the quarterfinals in nearly three decades. Under Lavier’s guidance, Dallas won five of its final six league matches and defeated Crater in the state play-in round. The Dragons also upset Marist Catholic in the first round of the state playoffs.
The 2017 Itemizer-Observer all-region volleyball team was selected by Sports Editor Lukas Eggen, along with heavy input from area coaches.