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St. Mary's sweeps Centennial for first league win

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by: David Ball, St. Mary's junior Kallie Bullock prepares to serve during the Blues' sweep against Centennial on Thursday night.

GRESHAM - St. Mary's picked up its first volleyball win in Mount Hood Conference play, closing out a hard-fought Game 3 to sweep Centennial on Thursday night.

After cruising through the first two games 25-18, 25-13, St. Mary's used a late rally to win the finale 25-22. The Blues trailed by five points midway through Game 3, but they moved in front 17-16 when Killy Judge served an ace that clipped a Centennial player in the hip as she tried to move out of its path.

St. Mary's set up match point when Alana Taylor reached above the net for a one-handed block that ended a long volley. The Blues closed out the match on an errant Centennial attack on the next point.

'We just had to focus on getting it back one point at a time,' St. Mary's junior Kallie Bullock said. 'Our passing was strong and that helped us make plays.'

Judge served up four straight points in the opening game, and closed it out with a low serve that the Eagles returned into the net. The Blues highlighted Game 2 when Judge made a diving save in the front row, and Bullock made it count by sending a hard kill into the back row. St. Mary's won 9 of the last 10 points in the middle game.

The Blues added a five-game win against David Douglas later in the evening, beating the Scots 15-11 in the decisive Game 5.

In small-school action, De La Salle fell in straight games 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 at Corbett in a matchup of Northwest League powers. Corbett setter Heather Anderson put together a 13-point run to overcome a 6-2 deficit in the opener.

'It's always a little shaky when you're seeing a team for the first time,' Anderson said. 'They got a few points on us, but we hit that run and it gave us the momentum the rest of the way.'

The Knights showed signs of life in Game 3 when Sky Briggs nailed a kill for an early 5-2 lead, but that lead disappeared when Mallory Spanjer served up a seven-point run for the Cardinals. Corbett's Catherine Jones converted the team's first match point with a kill from the left side.