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Cavaliers compete with the best in 6A

The Clackamas Cavaliers held their own with defending Class 6A volleyball champion Central Catholic in last week’s season opener, losing, but battling the Rams close in three games, 25-21, 25-21 and 25-21.

“I thought we could have played better,” said Clackamas coach Jim Stultz. “Even so, we were real close in all three games.”

Clackamas dispatched with Southridge (25-15, 25-20, 25-11) and Aloha (25-6, 25-9, 25-19) in a double-dual at Aloha last Thursday.

And the Cavaliers continued tough in a tournament at Central Catholic over the weekend, losing to the Rams again (25-14, 25-18), but winning their four other matches, 25-16, 25-15 over Bishop Blanchet, Wash.; 25-19, 25-15 over Gresham; 25-23, 25-19 over Roseburg; and 25-21, 25-21 over Sheldon.

Taylor Agost had eight service aces in the Aloha match. Lauren O’Brien had kills on seven of 15 attacks; Hannah Stultz had 19 assists and she was 4-of-5 on setter dumps.

Agost came through with 12 kills out of 14 attempts in the match with Aloha. Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks had 13 kills and Sydney Wilson had six digs.

Coach Stultz commented on his charges’ play at Saturday’s Central Catholic Tournament:

“We had a great day! We beat some of the top teams in the state. Sheldon had beaten Central Catholic in pool play, and we beat Sheldon two straight. We passed well and our attack was working well....

“Shelby, Lauren and Emma (Chizum) really attacked well. Sydney (Wilson) and Kiana (Miller) had a great day passing and playing defense; Hannah distributed her sets well, racking up 100 assists on the day....”

The Cavaliers are at home this Thursday at 5 p.m., hosting Westview, West Salem and Lakeridge. They begin Three Rivers League play next Tuesday, hosting Lakeridge.