osaa volleyball

Rams, Crusaders return to familiar spots

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.




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