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Cavs make the final 8


Clackamas volleyers advance to the 6A State Tournament with three-game playoff wins over Southridge and South Medford

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Clackamas senior Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks (12) goes on the attack in Saturday nights state playoff win over Southridge. The win advanced the Cavaliers to the eight-team Class 6A State Tournament.Clackamas High School’s third-ranked volleyball team continued on a mission last week, defeating 14th-ranked Southridge in three games (25-22, 25-19, 25-21) in a Saturday second-round Class 6A state playoff match at Clackamas, after advancing with a relatively easy win over South Medford (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) earlier in the week.

The pair of wins advanced the Cavaliers to next weekend’s eight-team state tournament, which runs Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. The Cavaliers square off with sixth-ranked Sheldon Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the championship quarterfinals. The Cavaliers and Sheldon Irish met in a tournament in September, with Clackamas winning in two games, 25-21, 25-21.

Clackamas coach Jim Stultz said he was pleased with his charges’ perseverance in Saturday’s playoff match with the Skyhawks.

“Southridge played amazing and it was a very tough match,” Stultz said. “They seemed to dig everything we hit. We were behind in all three sets.

“To our girls’ credit, they didn’t panic. They have a lot of confidence in themselves and in each other. I was very proud of them.”

The Cavaliers were the only Three Rivers League team to advance to the state tournament, as Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn all came up a win short of making the final eight.

Stultz singled out junior Bailey Bremer for her offensive play in Saturday night’s Cavalier win over Southridge.

“Bailey had some amazing kills at critical points in the match,” he said.

Lauren O’Brien led Clackamas’ attack with seven kills and a .359 hitting percentage.

Hannah Stultz got the job done at setter, with 30 assists. The Cavalier senior leader also came through with 11 digs, and she was a perfect 18-for-18 at the service line, with two ace serves.

Claire Walker was also tough on defense, with 12 digs.

Coach Stultz singled out Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks and Kiana Miller for their efforts on serve-receive.

The Cavaliers made quick-work of South Medford, winning 25-13, 25-13 and 25-15, before a supportive home crowd in a Class 6A first-round state playoff game on Halloween night.

O’Brien (10 kills, .500 hitting percentage) and Taylor Agost (9 kills, .333 hitting) led the attack.

Kiana Miller was a perfect 15-for-15 serving, with two ace serves.

Hannah Stultz came through with four service aces.

In Class 5A volleyball, Putnam’s season came to an end on Oct. 29, when the Kingsmen lost in the Class 5A play-in round to 14th-ranked Willamette, 25-17, 25-14, 25-13.

In Class 4A, La Salle dropped its play-in match at seventh-ranked Astoria, 25-16, 25-16, 25-12.