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Central Catholic emerges with tournament crown

The top-ranked Rams keep it rolling by winning the volleyball showcase


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Central Catholic setter Camille Foster waits for a pass out of the back row during the Rams pool-play sweep over Southridge. WEST LINN — Central Catholic backed up its No. 1 ranking Saturday by claiming the title at the 24-team West Linn volleyball tournament, which attracts some of the top programs from around the state.

The Rams were pressed the distance in their final two matches, beating Jesuit 25-21, 24-26, 15-12 in the finale and outlasting Crook County 24-26, 27-26, 15-12 in the semis.

Central closed out its pool play with straight-set wins over West Linn, Silverton and Southridge. The only challenge came early against the Skyhawks when the teams traded the lead four times. The Rams seized control behind service aces from Jocelyn Peterson and Vicky Gajda, while a big swing though the middle by Ramey Gardner stretched the margin to 12-7 and prompted Southridge to call a timeout.

But the momentum wouldn’t be slowed.

Central went on to sweep Southridge 25-12, 25-18 to claim the top seed into the gold bracket.

That left a premature clash between the state’s top two teams, as the No. 1 Rams met No. 2 Lakeridge in the quarterfinals. Central Catholic picked up a 25-12, 25-15 win.

The Pacers should have been inserted into the opposite side of the bracket, but tournament officials botched the seeding procedures coming out of pool play.

Lakeridge and Santiam Christian each finished with 5-1 records in pool-play sets and split their head-to-head matchup. That meant the top spot in the pool would go to the team with the best points differential. The Pacers held a three-point edge in that category, but officials incorrectly awarded the top spot to Santiam.

Lakeridge was still playing its final pool-play match, a 25-14, 25-21 win over Barlow, when seeding officials wrote a ‘1’ next to Santiam Christian on the standings board. The mistake was never corrected, leaving Lakeridge with the most difficult matchup of the quarterfinals.

View an online photo gallery from the tournament at ...

http://daveball.exposuremanager.com/g/west_linn_volleyball_tourney