The 16U runners-up from last year, respond with a 9-2 run to win qualifier
Jan. 6, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Down 12-7 and facing a spot in a the Silver Division, the girls from the Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy rallied to hold their position and win the January Power League qualifier at the newly refurbished Eastmoreland Courts Sunday evening.
OJVA beat Webfoot Juniors 16-14 in the third set to finish unbeaten on the day in the 16U qualifier that sets teams up seedings that affect locations for the three Power League tournaments heading into the regional tournament.
The top 16 teams, performance-wise, from the Power League events advance to the two-day championships, April 20-21, at Oregon State University.
The OJVA team, including standouts from Beaverton and Lake Oswego, finished second to Portland Volleyball Club in 2012.
OJVA entered Sunday's event seeded No. 2 in the region, and as the highest seed in the qualifier. But, Webfoot, powered by Newport sophomore Kalli Dixon, won the first set of the best-of-three final and led 12-7 when the match slipped away. Webfoot served for the match at 14-13, but couldn't hold off the OJVA rally.
The Cowgirls cruise through the season and tournament to seventh straight title
Nov. 12, 2012
The Lady Cowgirls won the school’s seventh consecutive state title with a dominating playoff run in which they did not lose a set, including its win over playoff underdog Astoria in the final at Lane Community College.
In its four playoff match wins, Crook County allowed the opposition to score more than 11 points in just six of 12 sets.
Seniors Makayla Lindberg and Annie Fraser, and junior Hannah Troutman were selected to the all-tournament team from the Cowgirls, who finished the season at 23-4 with two losses to Class 6A power Central Catholic, and one to Sisters.
Sisters, seeded No. 1 in the bottom half of the 16-team bracket, had four players voted to the all-tournament team led by senior Megan Minke.
Astoria made a memorable run to the program’s first final, including a five-set upset of Sisters in the tournament quarterfinals.
The Lady Fishermen finished second in the Cowapa League and were ranked No. 7, but in the playoff bracket were only a No. 5 seed and needed to win on the road to reach the tournament. They won at Estacada, rallying from a two-set deficit to win in five sets.
Astoria’s playoff run, which included a four-set win over second-seeded Banks in the semifinals, ran out of energy in the final, in which the Cowgirls had scoring runs of seven, four and seven in the opening set.
Crook County got 39 assists from sophomore setter Kayla Hamilton in the final. Lindberg, who is headed to the University of Portland, had 18 kills with just three hitting errors in the final, while Troutman had 17 kills.
Astoria featured senior Danielle Moyer, and junior Allison Silva on the all-tournament team. The Lady Fishermen return five of six starters, including sophomore Kyra Grafton, who had 10 kills in the final.
Roseburg scores a historic win over Central Catholic in volleyball action
Nov. 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Crook County and West Albany did exactly what they were supposed to Friday in the OSAA Volleyball state tournament they were seeded as a favorite to win. And, so did Roseburg, but in a match they weren't expected to win.
Roseburg, seeded No. in its quarter of the Class 6A bracket, beat three-time defending champion Central Catholic, seeded No. 1 in its quarter, in five games in the semifinals to advance to a championship match for the first time.
The Indians, who were seeded No. 1 last year, but lost in the quarterfinals, beat the Rams 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13, the only match that went five game in the tournament Friday. In fact, of the six tournaments being played at three locations within the state, only four reached five games. Roseburg is one of just three three teams to reach a final having lost one or more games on the path there. Astoria won a five-game match Friday morning, the followed that with a four-game match in the evening, and will play six-time defending champion Crook County in the Class 4A final.
West Albany, also in a final for the first time, won its two matches handily Friday, giving up no more than 17 points in any of the six games it contested. Churchill reached the final with a four-game win over Pendleton and sweep of Bend. Churchill is in a final for the first time since 1974, when it won the very first tournament sanctioned by the OSAA.
Nov. 8, 2012
Central Catholic and Crook County may be as much of a lock to win a state title in volleyball as there is in any of the team sports this fall, while West Albany is trying to break through for its first title.
The Rams and Lady Cowboys are two of the highlight teams as the OSAA Volleyball State Tournaments begin Friday at three sites.
Central Catholic and the Class 6A tournament will play out at Liberty High in Hillsboro, along with the Class 5A tournament, while Crook County and Class 4A will compete along with Class 3A at Lane Community College. The Class 2A and 1A tournaments are set for the newly-built Ridgeview High in Redmond.
Among the top stories outside the two CCs is West Albany, which is among the state's top teams at any level, having lost only to Class 6A Jesuit on the way to a 26-1 record. The Lady Bulldogs have yet to play for a championship.
Summit, the defending champion at Class 5A, is seeded second in the lower half of the eight-team bracket, with Churchill as No. 1.
Sisters, a relative neighbor for Crook County, is the other top seed in the 4A tournament.
Class 3A is headed for a new champion as defending champ Burns fell in the first round. Corbett and Blanchet Catholic are the top seeds.
At Class 2A, defending champion Days Creek enters the tournament as a No. 2 seed, with Reedsport and Heppner claiming the two top seeds.
At Class 1A, defending champion Ione lost in the playoff's first round, leaving Powder Valley and Perrydale as the top contenders. Powder Valley has reached the final the past two seasons and lost in the fifth game of a best-of-five title match each time.
Central Catholic heads to the 6A tournament as one of four No. 1 seeds from the 32-team playoff bracket. The tournament played out as it was seeded, with only two upsets among 24 matches, both No. 3 seeds winning at a No. 2 on Saurday. Clackamas, Jesuit and Roseburg are the other No. 1 seeds.
Central Catholic and Crook County cruise to titles
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Central Catholic and Crook County did exactly what they were supposed to Saturday in the OSAA state volleyball title matches, and, in a way, so did Summit - in dramatic fashion - to close out the fall schedule.
The Rams beat Jesuit for the third straight season in the final, winning in three games for their third three-game win of the tournament. During the season, Central Catholic lost just three games.
Crook County won its sixth straight title, and second at Class 4A, with a three-game win over Hidden Valley. The Cowgirls, who won four-straight at Class 5A before dropping to 4A last year, lost just one game in the tournament.
Summit won its first Class 5A title in its third match in five years in a five-game battle with West Albany. The Storm, who ended the season ranked No. 1, rallied from a two-game deficit and won the fifth game 15-12.
At Class 3A, Burns scored a three-game win over Willamina for its fifth title and third in the last eight years.
Days Creek claimed its third title with a three-game win over Portland Christian in the Class 2A final. The Wolves lost just one game in the tournament, but were involved in one of the most competitive title runs among the six classes. Of the 10 games they played, six were decided by the minimum two points.
At Class 1A, Ione completed an unbeaten season with a five-game win over Powder Valley, taking the fifth game 15-10.
Of the six state champions, only Burns finished the season ranked lower than No. 1. The Hilanders were rated No. 3.
Central Catholic runs its win streak to eight this season
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
It’s only taken two weeks of action, but already the Central Catholic Rams are playing at a level that has statisticians searching through archives for records the team might set.
One the Rams might set is going through a season without losing a game.
Despite graduating five players to college programs, including Portland and Portland State, the Rams might be at that level. In their opening eight matches, the Rams were pushed in just two game - by Mount Hood Conference rivals Gresham (25-23) and Barlow (26-24).
The impressive start follows two consecutive state titles, including a dominating performance last year in which the Rams lost just three games to Oregon teams throughout the season. Central Catholic lost three matches, but all were to teams at a tournament in Las Vegas.
This year, the Rams are headed to just one tournament out of state - this weekend in Seattle.
Central Catholic features two candidates for Player of the Year: 6-foot-1 senior Martenne Bettdendorf, who is headed to the University of Oregon, and 6-3 junior Kailee Johnson, who is among the nation’s top basketball prospects.
If Central gets through the upcoming week unscathed, it’ll attract comparisons to the 1985 St. Mary’s Academy team, which dominated the 16-team state tournament at an unprecedented level. The Blues won four matches - played in the era of needing to serve to score - while giving up just 35 points, an average of fewer than nine per match. They won the final over Marshall 15-3, 15-3, the fewest points given up in a final at the large-school classification. Only Corbett’s 15-2, 15-3 win over Riverside in the 1986 Class A final scored fewer points. Corbett was coached by Debbie Swoboda, the current coach at Reynolds.
The 1985 St. Mary’s team featured two stellar players: seniors Kelly Cole and Lisa McCammond. Both frontline players, Cole and McCammond were first-team, all-tournament selections during their junior year as well when the Blues beat West Linn, 4-15, 15-1, 15-6, in the final.
Cole then led the St. Mary’s basketball team to the 1986 state title, culminating a three-year run of championships for the downtown Portland all-girls school.
Cole moved on to basketball program at Northwestern University and helped the Wildcats to a No. 4 ranking during her senior season. She became a coach at the school and then coached at Boston College for nine years before taking time off to focus on her family. Cole is currently head coach at Bedford, Mass., High School.
McCammond played college volleyball at the University of Washington and finished No. 2 in kills on the school’s career list. The ‘85 Blues have a natural connection to the 2011 Rams: coach Rick Lorenz. Lorenz guided St. Mary’s to five state titles before moving to Central Catholic, where he’s won four titles. Last season’s title moved the Rams to the top of the state in appearances in the final with 12, one ahead of both Gresham and Barlow.
The Rams are 4-8 in finals under Lorenz, who is 9-9 in finals with St. Mary’s and Central Catholic. The 2011 State Tournament is set for Nov. 11-12 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
Central Catholic might have won all six of its matches this fall, but what counts almost equally within the OSAA Rankings system is that the opponents the Rams have played a lost several of their other matches. So, within Class 6A, the Rams are ranked sixth, while Clackamas is ranked No. 1 due to both of its wins coming against teams that won their other matches.
Difficult to understand? Not really, as the season is just two weeks old.
And, the rankings are unique enough that Sherwood, the defending Class 5A champion, doesn't even show up in the 5A rankings because it has yet to play a counting match. Marshfield is No. 1 at 5A.
Crook County, the defending 4A champion, is No. 5 despite having beaten two 6A schools. Hidden Valley is No. 1
Vale is No. 1 at 3A, Portland Christian is No. 1 at 2A and Perrydale is No. 1 at 1A as league play gets fully underway this week.
Central Catholic takes second title, Bowmen win first
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The OSAA volleyball championships produced champions with different storylines after a pair of thrilling matches Saturday night at Liberty High School.
First, senior-laden Sherwood beat the host Falcons in five games to win its first Class 5A title. Then, underclass-laden Central Catholic beat Jesuit for the Class 6A title for the second straight season.
That leaves Sherwood as a longshot to repeat next season, while the Rams are a significant favorite to win next year, and in 2012, too.
"We have so many seniors on our team, so it's great won win a state title," Sherwood senior Megan Sheilds said afterward. "We've all been working so hard all season, which makes it really rewarding."
In other finals, Crook County won its fifth consecutive title, but first at Class 4A, Santiam Christian won the Class 3A title for the secon-straight year, Weston-McEwen won at Class 2A and Cove won the Class 1A title in a thriling five-set final.
Central Catholic's title is the school's fourth, Santiam Christian won its third and Cove's title is just its second.
Jesuit opened its regular season by beating Sprague 25-12, 25-8, 25-8 in a non-league match Tuesday, which allowed the Crusaders to move into the state power rankings - at No. 36.
A state finalist last year with a strong returning roster, the Crusaders are ranked lower than the Olympians from among the 43 Class 6A teams, although just until Thursday. The power rankings use factors such as a team's winning percentage, and opponent's winning percentage and strength of schedule, which put Jesuit near the bottom of the classification because Sprague has yet to win a match.
Jesuit plays host to No. 16 Canby (4-1) on Thursday and will move up regardless of who wins because of the Cougars' winning percentage.
Central Catholic is No. 1.
Marshfield is No.1 at 5A, Brookings is No. 1 at 4A, Vale is No. 1 at 3A, Chiloquin is No. 1 at 2A and Elkton is No. 1 at 1A.
6A Non-League North Salem def. BENSON (5A) 25-5, 25-15, 25-19 (3-0) CANBY def. West Salem 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-9, 15-11 (3-2) CLEVELAND (5A) def. Beaverton 26-24, 25-23, 27-29, 26-24 (3-1) Lakeridge at Grant, 6:30 p.m. Aloha def. LAKE OSWEGO 26-24, 25-27, 20-25, 25-18, 15-10 (3-2) MOUNTAIN VIEW (5A) def. Redmond 25-8, 25-22, 25-17 (3-0) Sunset def. WEST LINN 25-9, 25-20, 25-12 (3-0) SHELDON def. McNary 15-25, 25-22, 32-30, 25-19 (3-1) JESUIT def. Sprague 25-12, 25-8, 25-8 (3-0) MCKAY def. Jefferson (PDX) (5A) 25-14, 25-14, 25-19 (3-0) SOUTH SALEM def. Wilson (5A) 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18 (3-1) SOUTHRIDGE def. Lincoln 25-22, 25-13, 25-20 (3-0) Oregon City def. WESTVIEW 25--18,19-25,25-21,25-17 (3-1)
6A Southern Oregon South Medford def. CRATER 25-22, 25-19, 25-15 (3-0) Grants Pass def. NORTH MEDFORD 25-17, 25-22, 25-19 (3-0)
6A-2 Mt. Hood Conference CENTENNIAL def. David Douglas 25-15, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18 (3-1) Central Catholic def. GRESHAM 25-11, 25-8, 25-15 (3-0) Barlow def. ST. MARY'S ACADEMY 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 (3-0)
3A-1 Lewis & Clark League Valley Catholic def. CATLIN GABEL 25-20, 25-21, 25-11 (3-0) Corbett / Corbett Charter def. OREGON EPISCOPAL 25-11, 25-21, 25-6 (3-0) CLATSKANIE def. De La Salle North Catholic 25-12, 25-21, 25-21 (3-0)
3A-2 West Valley League Willamina def. DAYTON 25-18, 25-22, 25-11 (3-0) Amity def. COLTON 25-11, 25-18, 27-25 (3-0) WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN def. Gervais 25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 17-25, 15-8 (3-2)
3A-3 PacWest Conference Harrisburg def. WALDPORT 25-21, 25-21, 25-9 (3-0) Creswell def. PLEASANT HILL 25-21, 25-20, 25-17 (3-0) BLANCHET CATHOLIC def. Chemawa 25-4, 25-9, 25-22 (3-0) SANTIAM CHRISTIAN def. Salem Academy 25-20, 25-18, 25-9 (3-0)
2A Non-League ENTERPRISE def. Wallowa (1A) 25-21. 18-25, 25-18, 25-20 (3-1) Echo (1A) def. STANFIELD 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 26-24 (3-1) Prospect Charter (1A) def. MILO ADVENTIST ACADEMY 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 25-11 (3-1) Lost River at Butte Valley (CA), 6:15 p.m.
2A-2 Mountain View Conference Days Creek def. OAKLAND 20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21 (3-1) CROW def. Oakridge 25-12, 16-25, 25-15, 14-25, 15-8 (3-2) North Douglas def. RIDDLE 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-14, 15-11 (3-2) Glendale def. YONCALLA 25-18,25-22,14-25,11-25,15-11 (3-2)
2A-3 Tri-River Conference CENTRAL LINN def. Scio 25-16, 26-24, 25-23 (3-0) Regis def. CULVER 25-21, 25-14, 20-25, 25-21 (3-1) EAST LINN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY def. Kennedy 25-9, 25-17, 25-20 (3-0) Santiam def. WESTERN MENNONITE 25-19, 25-11, 27-25 (3-0)
1A Non-League JEWELL def. City Christian 25-22, 25-17, 25-11 (3-0) Imbler def. GRISWOLD / NIXYAAWII COMMUNITY SCHL 25-8, 25-8, 27-25 (3-0)
1A-1 The Valley 10 League SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN def. Life Christian 25-13, 25-8, 25-11 (3-0) Damascus Christian def. NORTH CLACKAMAS CHRISTIAN 25-22, 25-13, 25-20 (3-0) PORTLAND LUTHERAN def. Open Door Christian Academy 25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 25-16 (3-1) Columbia Christian def. PORTLAND WALDORF 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-13 (3-1)
1A-2 Casco League Perrydale def. FALLS CITY 24-26, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-10 (3-2) VERITAS def. C.S. Lewis Academy 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 (3-0) Willamette Valley Christian def. OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 25-10, 25-5, 25-6 (3-0)
1A-3 Mountain West League Alsea def. MAPLETON 25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20 (3-1) MCKENZIE def. Triangle Lake 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 (3-0) Lowell def. MOHAWK 25-23,20-25,25-16,25-21 (3-1) Eddyville Charter def. SILETZ VALLEY 18-25,25-19,25-21,26-24 (3-1)
1A-4 Skyline League Umpqua Valley Christian def. CAMAS VALLEY 25-21, 25-20, 25-17 (3-0) Powers def. PACIFIC 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-12 (3-1)
1A-5 Mountain Valley League Hosanna Christian def. NORTH LAKE 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 (3-1)
1A-6 Big Sky League ARLINGTON def. Central Christian 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 (3-0) CONDON / WHEELER def. Ione 25-21, 25-14, 25-17 (3-0) Dufur def. SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 (3-0)