November 21, 2015
CYO Volleyball “Spike” Championship Final Results
GREATER PORTLAND, OR AREA
There was an excellent assortment of of CYO Clubs represented in the finals of the 2015 Spike Volleyball Tournament Saturday November 21 as CYO concluded the weeklong tournament. Excitement radiated from all three courts at Valley Catholic School where the higher-level bracket finals were held while all around the City tournament various levels of games concluded. The “Spike” is considered the top level of play while “Rally”, “Ace”, “Gold” and “Silver” also come into play for descending levels of bracket play. All 1300 volleyball players have a place to participate in this season ending tournament.
Jenna Bass, CYO Director of Volleyball and Basketball along with her co-team members from the Portland CYO office, oversaw and presented awards, helped people with bracket questions and answered questions through out the day.
The Spike Tournament started off with third graders from Portland Christian defeating St. Joseph, Vancouver, in a delightful contest that was mainly about serving. The girls did however, have a few good rallies and they were fun to watch in their matching socks and hair ribbons!
The fourth graders found Valley Catholic pitted against St. Matthew for the championship. St. Matthew, a new team to volleyball as they had not played third grade, selected the lower level of play to start out in. They handily defeated most all of their competitors and found themselves seeded into the top division tournament after the play in games. Valley Catholic played at the upper level of play all season and made it a competitive contest,though losing 22 – 25 and 21-25.
Fifth grade action found All Saints and St. Ignatius battling it out and that they did with a contest going to three games with the second game going into overtime with All Saints winning 30 – 28. St. Ignatius, who had not won a contest all season against All Saints took the first game 25 – 22. They lead the second game all the way to the end but could not put All Saints away. All Saints scrapped and battled and would not be denied! After they took the second game the momentum shifted and St. Ignatius could not get back into the game. All Saints took the third game 15 – 11. It was definitely one of the “games of the day” which in my opinion is pretty good for fifth graders!
The Sixth grade contest between St. Joseph and Cathedral was also very exciting and St. Joseph found their victory at this level. Tyra Schaub #32 was an all around power player for St. Joseph who made the difference at all levels. Cathedral played a very strong game coached by multi champion Fergie Bush but her team did not have the horsepower to stop St. Joseph today. Cathedral, to their credit, kept the game very competitive.
In seventh grade play, Cathedral and St. Thomas More played two close contests 25 – 18 and 25 – 23 where St. Thomas More kept the games close all the way from beginning to end.
The final contest of the day, the eighth grade, saw St. Agatha against St. John Fisher. Two teams filled with great players for sure. St. Agatha, a multi-repeat participant at the championship level knew “what, where and when!” Saint Agatha won the contest 25–11 and 25–15.