St. Helens, Country Christian arrive
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.