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11/15/2012 2:53:00 PM
Jesuit netters fight for state title win
Jesuit High School photos by Claude Pelletier
Jesuit volleyball team bursts from bench after win. 
Jesuit High School photos by Claude Pelletier
Jesuit volleyball team bursts from bench after win.
Anne Elorriaga drives one home for Jesuit.
Anne Elorriaga drives one home for Jesuit.

The volleyball team from Jesuit High won their third state title in nine years, but their first since 2008.

The Crusaders on Nov. 10 defeated a hard-charging and smaller Roseburg team in five sets, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-8.

Ariana Wiltjer, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, racked up 20 kills in the match, closely followed by senior Anne Elorriaga with 18 kills. Junior Jessica Finn had 51 assists.

In the previous three years, the Crusaders took second in state to Central Catholic, which had a dynasty of sorts going. This year, the Rams cruised in the quarterfinals 3-0 against Gresham, but were nudged 3-2 by Roseburg in the semi-finals, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13. The stunned Rams then lost in the third place match 3-2 to Clackamas.

Jesuit had to fight for the title. Down 7-5 in the game-deciding fifth set, they went on a match-ending tear, scoring 10 of the last 11 points as their fans went bananas.

The Jesuit roster includes Grace Curran, Ireland Massey, Megan McCool, Jasmine Gross, Melissa Flores, Symone Tran, Macy Naughton, Jessica Finn, Maddie Keudell, Elise Krippaehne, Rachel Hickman, Cayla Nistler, Alexa Dixon, Ariana Wiltjer, Nicole Peterson and Anne Elorriaga.

In 3A, Valley Catholic and Blanchet Catholic each lost 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The two Catholic teams then squared off for third place, with Blanchet winning in four sets.

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