St. Theresa's volleyball team wins title
This was the first trip to the playoffs for the St. Theresa girls team.
The 2013 Girls' CYO volleyball season ended with a playoff championship game between two top teams from the East Bay Parochial League, St. Theresa, Oakland, and School of the Madeleine, Berkeley.
The teams played to an exciting three-set match for the eighth-grade diocesan championship. Playing in a crowded gym at St. Bede's in Hayward, St. Theresa won the first set, 25-18. The Madeleine then rallied to take the second set, 25-17 to set the stage for a decisive final set. St. Theresa jumped to an early lead and won the championship, 15-7, with Maura McInerney serving the final four consecutive points for the champions. This was the St. Theresa team's first trip to the playoffs and was the Madeleine team's third.
In the seventh-grade division, St. Leander, San Leandro, won the championship over St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito, 25-13, 25-11. St. Leander's was led by outstanding serving by Maya Daluz. This was St. Leander's second consecutive championship.
In the sixth-grade division, Holy Spirit, Fremont, captured the crown, defeating Corpus Christi School, Piedmont, (Blue) team 25-10, 25-11 in front of great net play by Ruby Santos. Corpus Christi sent two sixth-grade teams to the playoffs, one advancing to finals and the other to the semifinals.
Twenty-four CYO volleyball teams from around the diocese met at St. Elizabeth Oliver Lynch Center, St. Theresa Parish Center and St. Bede's Gym in February for the annual playoffs, hosted by the Oakland Diocese CYO. The teams represented more than 125 teams and 1,300 girls participating in CYO volleyball this past season.
Other parishes and schools that participated in the playoffs were: St. Anne, Union City; St. Joseph, Pinole; Assumption, San Leandro; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont; St. Philip Neri, Alameda; St. Joseph, Fremont; All Saints, Hayward; and St. Bede, Hayward.
Girls' CYO Volleyball is an increasingly popular CYO sport. This year's playoffs featured skilled volleyball play along with good sportsmanship, with the girls playing in front of enthusiastic crowds of families and friends.
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