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Junior Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic, center, won an individual state title in 2011.

Blanchet volleyball

SALEM — Blanchet Catholic's 2011 volleyball team fought into the 3A state semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Burns. The Lady Cavaliers were 12-1 in league and 16-11 overall.
Losing only two seniors, the team is keen on going even further.
Blanchet coach Sherrie Bashaw over the past few years has been impressed by her players' enthusiasm and sportsmanship.
Website: www.blanchetcatholicschool.com/page.cfm?p=384&teamID=49&display=Schedule

Sept. 11, 7 p.m. home vs. Jefferson High  
Sept. 13, 7 p.m. away vs. Scio
Sept. 15, 8 a.m Tualatin Tournament
Sept. 18, 7 p.m. away vs. Valley Catholic
Sept. 20, 7 p.m. home vs. Chemawa
Sept. 25, 7 p.m. home vs. Pleasant Hill
Sept. 27, 7 p.m. away vs. Santiam Christian
Sept. 29, 8 a.m. Santiam Christian Tournament
Oct. 2, 7 p.m. away vs. Harrisburg
Oct. 4, 7 p.m. home vs. Toledo
Oct. 8, 7 p.m. vs. Salem Academy
Oct. 10, 7 p.m. vs. Scio
Oct. 16, 7 p.m. home vs. Jefferson High
Oct. 18, 7 p.m. home vs. Creswell
Oct. 20, TBD Marshfield Tournament
Oct. 22, 7 p.m. away vs. Chemawa
Oct. 23, TBD PacWest Tie Breaker Match
Oct. 25, 7 p.m. PacWest Playoff Match
Oct. 27, 7 p.m. PacWest Playoff Match
Oct. 30, TBD @ Santiam Christian PacWest Championship Match

Central Catholic volleyball

The 2009, 2010, and 2011 State 6A Volleyball Champions have reloaded for the 2012 season. The Rams lost four matches in two days at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas in September 2010. They have not lost a match since, and have amassed a winning streak of 75.
Rick Lorenz and his staff, Julie Taylor and Malcom Doi, went undefeated in 2012 with the help of Gatorade Player of the Year, state record holder, and current University of Oregon Duck Martenne Bettendorf. With the exception of Martenne, all of the starters from 2011 have returned including 6'3" middle Raina Hembry, who has committed to Tennessee, and 6'3” middle Kailee Johnson, who was second team all state in 2011 and is a top basketball prospect. Junior co-captain 5’10” Camille Foster, who was an honorable mention all-state setter last year, senior co-captain all-around 5’8” Lexie Skalbeck, and senior co-captain libero 5’8” Monica Gajda provide leadership and experience. Junior outside hitter 5’10” Natalie Batiste rounds out the returning starters.
The squad is also deep in talent. Much improved sophomore middle Whitney Turner figures to be a factor at the net, while sophomores Kealia Rosa, Olivia Skalbeck, and Vicky Gajda provide excellent back row play for the Rams. The new members of the 2012 squad include sophomore outside hitter Ramey Gardner, freshman middle Reed Jacobson, and freshman setter/hitter Selena Batiste.
“Our practices should be fun. We have 13 excellent players who want to work, improve and compete. Competition on a day-to-day basis will make us a better team. No one can take a breather, because there is always someone pushing you," Lorenz said, adding that the co-captains Lexie, Monica, and Camille have done a great job so far in bringing the team together.
Website: w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/vb/12-13/teams/details/226

Sept. 6, 6 p.m., home vs. Clackamas
Sept. 13, 6 p.m. away vs. St. Mary’s Academy
Sept. 18, 6 p.m., away vs. Barlow
Sept. 20, 6 p.m., home vs. Gresham
Sept. 22, Tournament in Kent, Wash.
Sept. 27, 6 p.m. away vs. Reynolds
Oct. 2, 6 p.m. away vs. David Douglas
Oct. 8, 6 p.m. home vs. St. Mary’s Academy
Oct. 10, 6 p.m. home vs. Barlow
Oct. 16, 6 p.m. away vs. Gresham
Oct. 23, 6 p.m. home vs. Reynolds

De La Salle North Catholic volleyball

De La Salle North Catholic volleyball returns almost all of last year's young team, which will have lots of experience under its belt and hopes for improving on last year's 3-18 record.
Coach Jane Robertson will lead the Knights in their difficult league, which includes tough opponents like Catlin Gabel and Oregon Episcopal. Home games are played in large part at the Charles Jordan Community Center court in North Portland.
Website: w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/vb/12-13/teams/details/370

Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Clatskanie
Sept. 13, 6:45 p.m. away vs. Valley Catholic
Sept. 15, 9 a.m. Oktoberfest Tournament
Sept. 18, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Portland Adventist Academy
Sept. 20, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Oregon Episcopal
Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Corbett  
Sept. 25, 6:45 p.m. away vs. Rainier
Sept. 29, 8:30am away vs. TBD
Oct. 2, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Warrenton
Oct. 4, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Catlin Gabel
Oct. 9, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Valley Catholic
Oct. 11, 6:45 p.m. away vs. Portland Adventist Academy
Oct. 16, 6:45 p.m. away vs. Oregon Episcopal
Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Corbett

Jesuit volleyball

Jesuit, runners up to a powerful Central Catholic dynasty in 2011, is working for a volleyball coup in 2012. Having lost only one senior, the Crusaders under longtime coach Teresa Zimmerlee are putting in extra work.
Website: www.jesuitportland.org/page.cfm?p=437&teamID=66

Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Clackamas
Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. home vs. Grant
Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. home vs. West Linn
Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Sunset     
Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Westview
Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Southridge
Sept. 29, vs South Albany Tournament
Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Aloha  
Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Beaverton
Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Sunset
Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Westview
Oct. 13, Clearwater Classic  
Oct. 16, 6 p.m. away vs. Southridge
Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Aloha
Oct. 20, West Linn Tourney
Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Beaverton

La Salle Prep volleyball

MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep volleyball coach Liz Banta has the same goal this year as every year: “Our goal is to win our league, advance to playoffs and win a state championship.”
The Falcons will be led this year by a talented core, senior setter Caitlon Vu, sophomore setter Amanda Summers, senior setter Emily Culley, junior middle hitter Danielle Spirlin, junior libero Gaby Timmen and sophomore libero Meghan Studdard.
They Falcones will face tough competition in the Sisters Tournament, as well as the 6A West Linn tournament. In league play, La Salle players know that when they take the floor against Estacada and Madras, they are in for a challenge.
After winning the Tri-Valley conference last season, with a league record 9-1, the Falcons lost in the state playoffs.
Website: www.lsprep.org/volleyball

Sept. 6, 6 p.m. home vs. Astoria
Sept. 8, noon away vs. Cascade
Sept. 11, 6 p.m. home vs. Stayton
Sept. 13, 6 p.m. home vs. Banks
Sept. 18, 7 p.m. away vs. Scappoose
Sept. 20, 6 p.m. home vs. North Marion
Sept. 22, Sisters Tournament
Sept. 25, 6 p.m. away vs. Molalla
Sept. 27, 6 p.m. home vs. Gladstone
Oct. 2, 6 p.m. home vs. Madras
Oct. 4, 6 p.m. away vs. Estacada
Oct. 8, 6 p.m. away vs. North Marion
Oct. 10, 6 p.m. home vs. Molalla
Oct. 16, 6 p.m. away vs. Gladstone
Oct. 18, 6 p.m. away vs. Madras
Oct. 20, West Linn Tournament
Oct. 23, 6 p.m. home vs. Estacada

Marist volleyball

EUGENE — The Marist varsity volleyball team will be young this year with only three seniors and four returning players.
Top returning players are middle hitter Emily Vanderville, outside hitter Megan Braud, libero Katelyn Grafton and sophomore setter Sam Inouye. The Spartans will be playing in the tough 6A/5A Hybrid Midwestern League for the third year since moving up a classification.
Website: w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/vb/12-13/teams/details/251

Sept. 11, 6:45 p.m. away vs. North Eugene
Sept 13, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Springfield
Sept. 18, 6:45 p.m. away vs. North Eugene
Sept. 20, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Sheldon
Sept. 22, TBA Rogue Valley Classic Volleyball Tournament in Medford
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., away vs. Willamette
Sept. 27, 6:45 p.m. away vs. Marshfield High School
Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. away vs. Thurston
Sept. 29 2:30 p.m. home vs. Churchill
Oct. 4, 6:45 p.m. home vs. South Eugene
Oct. 8, 6:45 p.m. away vs. Springfield
Oct. 10, 6:45 p.m. home vs. North Eugene
Oct. 16, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Marshfield High School
Oct. 18, 6:45 p.m. home vs. Thurston
Oct. 20, 3 p.m. home vs. Willamette
Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. away vs. Sheldon
Nov. 3, TBA, home OSAA First Round
Nov. 9, TBA, OSAA State Quarterfinals at Liberty High School
Nov. 10, TBA OSAA State Quarterfinals at Liberty High School

Regis volleyball

STAYTON — The Regis Rams volleyball program is looking forward to another successful season in the 2A Tri-River League. In the 2011 season, they finished second in their conference and played in the first round of state playoffs. The Rams return head coach, Miriam Castillo, for her third season.
The Rams graduated five seniors last year, but with many starters returning, they have experience on the court and are expected to compete for the top of the league. Becca Lorenz, a junior outside hitter, and Makayla Lindemann, junior libero, were both named 2011 third team all conference and are among the key returners.
With only one returning senior, Liz Ayers, the Rams are a young team, but one to contend with. Sophomore Hannah Sherman and freshman Ashtyn Chamberlain, both setters and new to the varsity program, bring fresh energy to the team, as they work to fill the role left by 2011 all-conference Player of the Year, Whitney Koehnke. Other top returners include middle hitters, Kim Webb and Beth Lorenz, and defensive specialist Susie Mendez, all juniors.
In 2010, the Rams finished third in state, the highest finish in the school’s history.
Website: w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/vb/12-13/teams/details/261

Sept. 6, 6 p.m. away vs. Culver
Sept. 8, Neah-Kah-Nie Tournament
Sept. 11, 6 p.m. away vs. Central Linn
Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. away vs. East Linn Christian Academy
Sept. 15, North Marion Tournament
Sept. 18, 6 p.m. away vs. Western Mennonite
Sept. 20, 6 p.m. home vs. Santiam
Sept. 25, 6 p.m. home vs. Kennedy
Sept. 27, 6 p.m. home vs. Culver
Sept. 29, noon Vernonia Tournament
Oct. 2, 6 p.m. away vs. Waldport
Oct. 4, 6 p.m. home vs. Central Linn
Oct. 8, 6 p.m. home vs. East Linn Christian
Oct. 10, 6 p.m. home vs. Western Mennonite
Oct. 16, 6 p.m. away vs. Santiam
Oct. 18, 6 p.m., away vs. Kennedy

Medford volleyball

St. Mary's Medford volleyball
MEDFORD — The Crusaders lost in the first round of the 3A state volleyball playoffs last year and hope to make it farther into the bracket in 2012. St. Mary's went 16-8 last year, 6-2 in league. Four seniors graduated
Website: w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/vb/12-13/teams/details/349

Sept. 8, Basin Best
Sept. 11, 7 p.m. home vs. Phoenix     
Sept. 13, 5:45 p.m. home vs. Sutherlin
Sept. 18, 6:15 p.m. away vs. Lost River
Sept. 20, 6:15 p.m. away vs. Rogue River
Sept. 25, 6:15 p.m. home vs. Lakeview
Sept. 27, 6:15 p.m. away vs. Cascade Christian
Oct. 2, 6:15 p.m. away vs. Illinois Valley
Oct. 9, 6:15 p.m. home vs. Rogue River
Oct. 11, 6:15 p.m. away vs. Lakeview
Oct. 16, 6:15 p.m. home vs. Cascade Christian
Oct. 18, 6:15 p.m. home vs. Illinois Valley
Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Chiloquin

St. Mary's Academy volleyball

This year, St. Mary’s Academy welcomes Laura Humphrey as the new head volleyball coach. She brings experience playing NCAA Division 1 volleyball and coaching for area public high schools and the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Well-attended summer camps, a strong mix of returning and new players and a vertically blessed team bode well for the coming season, Humphrey said.
“The returning players have really taken on a leadership role, volunteering to help out at middle-school camps,” she said.
Humphrey’s first goal is to continue the team’s strong academic record. Last year, St. Mary’s volleyball team won the OSAA/Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Competition at the 6A level for the fourth consecutive year with a team average GPA of 3.90.
Other objectives include continuing to build a supportive, collegial team on and off the court and teaching student athletes to play both aggressively and smartly.
Humphrey coined the term “smaggressive,” and her players pointed out that it begins with SMA — perfect for the Blues.
Last year’s team finished the conference season with a 5-7 record, and Humphrey feels that St. Mary’s is poised to improve on those stats this season.
“I think we’re in a tough and competitive league, but we’re excited to put our team together and see how far we can go. We’re in a strong position, and it helps that several of our girls have played club volleyball together. It’s a very talented group of girls,” Humphrey said.
Returning players are Ari Busch, Lindsay Cannon, Kate Lynne Curtin, Ana Davis, Holly Fuhrer, Lucy Grein, Emma Peel, Sophie Peel, Anna Ritchie, Madison Sankovitz, Meagan Sherrington, Elise Sunderland, Natalie Wenzlick, Emma Adams, Juliet Anderson, Maggie Davison, Ella Hickcox, Melissa Kelly, Isabella Langhus, Emily McLeod, Maggie Smith, Ida Lindholm, Michelle McCall
Website: www.stmaryspdx.org/athletics/sports/volleyball.

Sept. 6, 6 p.m. home vs. Centennial
Sept. 8, TBD (Southridge Tournament)
Sept. 11, 6 p.m. home vs. Barlow
Sept 13, 6 p.m. home vs. Central Catholic
Sept. 15, vs. TBD (Tualatin Tournament)
Sep 18, 6 p.m. away vs. Gresham
Sep 19, 6 p.m. vs. Reynolds
Sept. 25, 6 p.m. away vs. David Douglas
Oct. 2, 6 p.m. away vs. Centennial
Oct. 4, 6 p.m. away vs. Barlow
Oct. 8, 6 p.m. away vs. Central Catholic  
Oct. 10, 6 p.m. home vs. Gresham
Oct. 13,  TBD (Clearwater Classic)
Oct. 16, 6 p.m. away vs. Reynolds
Oct. 18, 6 p.m. home vs. David Douglas
Oct 20, TBD (West Linn Tourney)

Valley Catholic volleyball

BEAVERTON — The Valley Catholic Volleyball Team starts the 2012 season under new leadership as Grant Anderson takes over as varsity head coach. Anderson comes from Liberty High School where he was the head junior varsity volleyball coach and also assisted with a successful varsity program.
School officials say he brings new energy and a winning tradition from his previous coaching experience.
The 2012 Valiants are led by returning seniors Mackenzie Peterson and Bridgette Henningsen.  The seniors will be joined by young talent emerging from the junior and sophomore classes, including junior Katharine Jesse.
The Valiants are coming off of a second-place Lewis & Clark League finish and also a sixth-place finish at last year’s State Tournament.
Website: www.valleycatholic.org/high-school/athletics/volleyball.php

Sept. 8, noon Dayton Tournament
Sept. 11, 6 p.m. away vs. Oregon Episcopal School
Sept. 13, 6:45 p.m. home vs. De La Salle North
Sept. 15, 8 a.m., Kennedy High School Tournament
Sept. 18, 7 p.m. home vs. Blanchet
Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. away vs. Corbett
Sept. 24, 6 p.m. away vs. Portland Adventist
Sept. 25, 6:15 p.m. home vs. Warrenton
Sept. 27, 6 p.m. away vs. Clatskanie
Oct. 4, 6 p.m. away vs. Rainier
Oct. 9, 6:45 p.m. away vs. De La Salle North at Charles Gordon Community Center
Oct. 11, 6 p.m. home vs. Catlin Gabel
Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. home vs. Corbett
Oct. 18, 6 p.m. home vs. Portland Adventist
Oct. 22, 6 p.m. home vs. OES

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