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Girls' CYO volleyball playoffs

In Eighth Grade division volleyball, the team from Corpus Christi, Piedmont.
BILL FORD/SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE

A year of new champions

The 2015 Girls' CYO Volleyball season ended with exciting final playoff games before a crowded St. Bede' Gym — two of the three final games went three sets to the match and no champions repeated from last year's playoffs.

In the Eighth Grade division, Corpus Christi, Piedmont, defeated Assumption, San Leandro, in three sets, 25-15, 13-25, 15-10. Corpus Christi won the first set 25-15, but in the second set, Elizabeth Waters-Leiga from Assumption started to serve the ball with the score 19-13, then serving six consecutive points to put her team in a final deciding set. In the final set, Ruby Crudo from Corpus Christi began the set by serving four straight points to give her team the lead, and then served the match point for a Corpus Christi championship. This was the Corpus Christi team's second trip to the finals and first diocesan championship.

In an exciting final in the Seventh Grade division, two teams from the Southern Alameda County CYO League, St. Joseph, Fremont, and St. Anne, Union City, played a three set match, won by St. Joseph. In the first set, with the score tied at 22, Jessica Uyehara served three consecutive points to capture the first set for St. Joseph, 25-22. St. Anne won the second set 25-18, led by outstanding serving by Chelsea Tan, and launching the teams into a third and deciding set. St. Joseph prevailed, winning 15-12 for the parish's first diocesan volleyball championship since 1993. Kylie Isaac served the winning match point.

The Sixth Grade division was captured by Corpus Christi, Piedmont, over St. Theresa, Oakland, 25-9, 25-15. The match again featured two teams competing from the same CYO league, in this instance from the East Bay Parochial League.

The final games were held at St. Bede Parish Center, Hayward, in February, with first and second round games at St. Theresa Parish Center, Oakland, and St. Elizabeth Oliver Lynch Gym, Oakland.

Other parishes and schools who participated in the playoffs were: St. Joseph, Pinole; Holy Spirit, Fremont; St. Joseph, Alameda; St. John, El Cerrito, St. Felicitas, San Leandro; School of the Madeleine, Berkeley; St. Leander, San Leandro; St. Cornelius, Richmond. These teams represented more than 125 teams and 1,300 players who participated in CYO girls' volleyball this past season. This year's volleyball playoffs featured very skilled play in front of large and enthusiastic families during the three days of playoffs.

(Bill Ford is the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)

 
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