Crusaders dominate the state tournament for another title
Nov. 7, 2015
HILLSBORO - They were almost perfect - the Jesuit Crusaders.
Powered by 6-foot-3 middle blocker Jasmine Gross, Jesuit won the OSAA Class 6A Volleyball tournament Saturday night at Liberty High School, beating crosstown rival Central Catholic 22-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 to finish the season 32-0.
The unbeaten record was nearly perfect, too, as the team lost just two games all season, including the first game of the final to the Rams.
Gross and outside hitter Nicole Peterson were named to the all-tournament first team.
In other finals, Summit of Bend beat LaSalle of Milwaukie in three games for the 5A title at Liberty High as well.
In Forest Grove, top-seeded Banks beat Sisters in three games for the 4A title, while Vale outlasted Creswell in five games for the 3A title, earning the win 15-11 in the fifth game.
And at Redmond's Ridgeview High, top-seeded Burns swept through Culver in three games for the 2A title, and Country Christian beat Hosanna Christian in three games for the 1A title.
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A pair of newcomers joined the long list of state volleyball champions during the six tournament finals. St. Helens and Country Christian won their first championships, with both winning in their first trip to the final.
Jesuit returned to the state's top spot after losing in the semifinals last year, scoring a victory over rival Central Catholic to finish the season unbeaten at 31-0. The Rams placed second for the second straight year.
St. Helens scored an upset for the third straight day and won the school's first state volleyball title, edging LaSalle of Milwaukie in four games. The Lions, who had never reached a final, entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed, but beat No. 4 Summit, No. 1 Lebanon and then the third-seeded Falcons behind standout efforts from junior Logan Kalauli, and seniors Taylor Albertson and Rianne Tupper.
Sisters won its third title with a blowout of Banks in the final at Lane Community College. Sisters won each of its three tournament matches 3-0.
Santiam Christian won its third consecutive title, and seventh overall with a thrilling win over top-seeded Creswell. The final three games finished at two-point wins, with the fifth game going 18-16. Creswell was seeking its first title.
Burns won its sixth title overall, but first at the 2A level after having won at 3A three years prior. The Hilanders won their three matches 3-0 each.
Country Christian, of Molalla, entered as the top seed and lost just one game during the tournament.
Central Catholic and Jesuit meet for fourth time in six years
Nov. 7, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
HILLSBORO - It didn't take long for students supporting both Jesuit and Central Catholic at the state volleyball tournament to pump up Saturday night's final. With the semifinals ending within minutes of one another, both student groups chanted the same thing: "Holy War!"
With the top-ranked Cruaders facing the No. 2 Rams, the state's dominant Class 6A programs will meet for the fourth time in six years for the state championship at Liberty High School.
Jesuit cruised through McNary of Salem in three games, then fought through No. 4 seed - and defending Class 5A champion - West Albany in three games both times.
Central Catholic beat Southridge, then Clackamas to reach its fifth final in six years. The Rams beat Jesuit in three consecutive years, 2009-11, before losing in the semifinals in 2012, and in the finals last year to unheralded Lakeridge. With that memory still fresh, the Rams have been focused all year, and welcome a meeting with the Crusaders.
"We wouldn't want to play anyone else," Central Catholic senior mioddle hitter Reed Jacobson said.
The match is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
La Salle of Milwaukie played its way into a final for the first time since 1999, while St. Helens is playing in a final for the first time. The final is set for 6 p.m. at Liberty High, with neither team being ranked higher than third.
The biggest upset of the day happened at Lane Community College, where Crook Country's eight-year run as a state champion ended with a three-game loss to Sisters. The Outlaws won a grueling match with the Cowgirls, 25-16, 30-28, 26-24, and will play Banks in the final.
Top-seeded Creswell and No. 2 seed Santiam Christian will meet in the final after both teams won their semifinals in three games.
Grant Union, seeded 12th, upset top seed Kennedy in five games, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12, and will play second seeded Burns in the final at Ridgeview High School.
Top seed Country Christian and third seeded Dufur will meet in the final with both teams having won their semifinals in three games.