Its the first perfect league season in volleyball in Clackamas school history

by: JOHN DENNY - Clackamas High Schools volleyball team made school history this fall, going 10-0 in Three Rivers League play. Its the first time that a Clackamas High School varsity volleyball team has gone undefeated in league. Vying for the standout team were: (front row, from left) seniors Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks, Hannah Stultz, Kiana Miller, Claire Walker and Kasey Toedtemeier; (back row) juniors Taylor Agost, Bailey Bremer and Emma Chizum, sophomore Caroline Combs, junior Tara Deaver-Noblisse, sophomore Marissa Rhodes, juniors Shelby Torgerson and Cassidy Scott, and sophomore Lauren OBrien; and (not pictured) senior Sydney Wilson.Oct. 23 was an historic day for Clackamas High School’s volleyball team. With a victory over West Linn, the Cavaliers finished the 2012 season with a perfect 10-0 record in the Three Rivers League.

It’s the first time in school history that a Clackamas High School varsity volleyball team has gone undefeated in league, and it’s only the fifth time that a Cavalier volleyball team has won a league title.

The Cavaliers went 9-1 and finished first in the Willamette Division of the Wilco League in 1974. They went 11-1 and won first place in the Three Rivers League in 1996. They went 8-2 and were TRL co-champs with West Linn in 2010; and they went 7-3 and were co-champions with West Linn and Lake Oswego a year ago.

The Cavaliers won eight of their 10 league matches this fall in three games. Lake Oswego took Clackamas to five games on Sept. 25 and West Linn lost in four games on Oct. 23.

“I’m so proud of our girls for winning league with a perfect 10-0 record,” Clackamas coach Jim Stultz said, after his Cavaliers defeated West Linn — 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20 — in last week’s final match of the 2012 TRL season.

“Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks (2.40) and Kiana Miller (2.28) were amazing on serve-reception [in the West Linn match],” Stultz said. “We were able to run our offense at a high level tonight, because our passing was so good.”

Hannah Stultz continued a force at the service line, going 17-for-18, with three ace serves. She also had 10 digs and 49 assists.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks was 15-for-16 in serving, with two aces.

Taylor Agost headed the Cavalier attack, with 21 kills and a .395 hitting percentage. Bailey Bremer hit .533, and she put nine balls to the floor for kills.

The Cavaliers begin postseason play tonight, when they host a first-round match of the Class 6A state playoffs. With a win, they’ll have another home match on Saturday, with a berth in the eight-team Class 6A State Tournament on the line.

Only three Clackamas High School volleyball teams have ever placed at state. The Cavaliers placed second at state in 1974, they were fourth in 1996, and they placed fifth last fall.

Coach Stultz is optimistic about his charges’ chances in postseason play this fall.

“I think our chances are as good as anyone’s,” he said. “We have defeated all the teams [ranked] in the top 6 this season except for Central Catholic. Central Catholic has lost to Lake Oswego, Sheldon and Jesuit, and we have beaten those three teams. I think any of the top teams could win it.”

Heading into this year’s Class 6A state playoffs, Central Catholic, Jesuit, Clackamas, Roseburg, Lake Oswego and Sheldon were ranked first through sixth respectively in the final OSAA power rankings.

Kingsmen tough

down the stretch

In Class 5A volleyball, the Rex Putnam Kingsmen closed out the Northwest Oregon Conference season strong, winning a barnburner from Sandy in their conference final, 25-20, 25-27, 18-25, 25-23, 15-8, after bowing to fourth-ranked Sherwood in three games, 25-12, 25-15, 25-13, earlier in the week.

The Kingsmen won five of their seven matches in the second-half of the league season, losing only to Sherwood and to St. Helens. And they took the 12th-ranked St. Helens Lions to five games.

Sherwood (14-0), St. Helens (11-3), Liberty (9-5) and Putnam (8-6) finished as the top four teams in the eight-team NWOC.

The Kingsmen were ranked 19th in the state heading into this week’s Class 5A play-in round. Only the top 24 teams — out of the state’s 39 Class 5A teams — advanced to postseason play.

Falcons advance

to postseason

In Class 4A volleyball, the La Salle Falcons (6-4) finished third in the Tri-Valley Conference — behind 10th-ranked Estacada (9-1) and 13th-ranked Madras (9-1) — and they captured the conference’s third and final berth in postseason play. The Falcons gave the Rangers a run for their money in last week’s final match of the TVC season, losing in three hard fought games, 25-18, 25-16, 30-28.

Ranked 23rd in the state, the Falcons had a state play-in match scheduled at seventh-ranked Astoria on Monday. An upset of the Cowapa League runner-up Fishermen would advance the Falcons to a state playoff game on Saturday, with a berth in the Class 4A State Tournament on the line.

The Gladstone Gladiators closed out their 2012 TVL season strong, defeating North Marion in four games, 26-24, 25-13, 19-25, 25-21.

“The girls showed great heart by coming back from an 11-2 deficit in the first game to win 26-24,” said Gladstone coach Emily Smith. “I’ve very proud of them for how they battled.....”

Smith praised senior Ashlee Muller: “Ashlee had a great night as the libero, with amazing serve-receive.”

Senior Heather Buchanan was sharp at the service line, serving 22 points on the night. Sophomore Olivia Goddard headed the offense, with six kills.

“It was great to end the season on a positive note, where the girls showed what they are capable of,” Smith said.

With a more experienced lineup, the Gladiators (2-8) will be looking for continued improvement next fall.

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