The VC volleyball team promises to be tough again for L and C action
by: Miles Vance HERE IT COMES — Valley Catholic senior outside hitter Tori Kemper hopes to lead her team back to the Class 3A state tournament in 2011. Kemper, a first-team all-Lewis & Clark League selection in 2010, led the Valiants to fourth place at state a year ago.

BEAVERTON - Valley Catholic made itself right at home in its first season in the Lewis and Clark League last year.

The Valiants went 11-1 in league play, won the L and C championship and went on to finish fourth at state.

And it looks like VC ought to be just as good in 2011.

'I believe our team will do well in league this season,' said Valley Catholic coach Justin Denham. Our 'experience and skill will help us through league play.'

Valley Catholic brings back six seniors to its varsity lineup - four of whom have been with the program all four years - that group led by 5-foot-9 outside hitter Tori Kemper (a first-team all-L and C pick in 2010) and 5-5 setter Amanda Stevens (a second-team L and C pick).

That group of seniors also includes 5-0 libero Allie Lambert, 5-8 outside hitter Maddie Bernard, 5-5 libero Kelsey Luyten, and 5-11 middle blocker Rebecca Baglai.

'Tori Kemper will be a natu-

ral leader on the court due to her physical presence and the respect she has earned from her teammates,' Denham said, adding that Baglai 'is also a leader who brings her fiery and fun-loving personality to the court to help keep pressure situations light and the team focused on the play in front of them.'

The rest of the varsity roster will include 6-0 sophomore outside hitter/middle blocker Katharine Jesse, 5-4 junior setter Mackenzie Peterson, 5-6 sophomore libero Caroline Casale, 5-7 sophomore middle blocker Madeline Hennengsen, 5-8 sophomore outside hitter Ashley Ferris, and 5-2 junior libero Bridgette Hennengsen.

Denham said he expects Corbett to be the main contender in the L and C, along with Catlin Gabel, Oregon Episcopal and Portland Adventist.

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