Rev. John Fernandes, left, with tournament team representatives who read the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.
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Spirits high in girl's CYO Volleyball Tournament
At left, seventh graders from St. Anne, Union City, won the consolation championship, 25-13, with Assumption, San Leandro.
In a day filled with prayer, exciting CYO volleyball play and good sportsmanship, 21 girls' CYO volleyball teams met in January to play in the annual Jim Negri CYO Volleyball tournament, sponsored by the Oakland Diocese CYO Office.
The day began with a special Mass for the players and their families, celebrated by Rev. John Fernandes. After the Mass, teams in the seventh and eighth grades competed in the day-long tournament at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.
To highlight good sportsmanship, the RC Camp Sportsmanship Award was given by the tournament referees to a team in each grade division displaying both spirit and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. This year, the award was presented to the St. Anthony, Oakland, team in the eighth grade tournament and the team from St. Anne, Union City, in the seventh grade tournament.
The award is named after the late RC Camp, a longtime CYO referee and is considered the highest honor in the tournament.
Negri Tournament play is unique in that a single game, or set, is played, rather than three sets to the match, making the tournament very fast-paced with teams racing between the two gyms between games. In the eighth grade division, St. Joseph, Pinole, won the championship, 25-13, with St. Anthony, Oakland, the runner-up. The consolation championship was won by St. Bede, Hayward, 25-19, with St. Felicitas, San Leandro, the Consolation runner-up.
In the seventh grade division, Holy Spirit, Fremont, won the championship, 25-10, with All Saints, Hayward, the runner-up. St. Anne, Union City, won the consolation championship, 25-13, with Assumption, San Leandro, the consolation runner-up.
The Negri Tournament is sponsored annually by the diocesan CYO Office and is named in honor of the late Jim Negri Sr., a former coach and athletic director from Corpus Christi School, Piedmont. He was one of the founders of girls' CYO athletics in the Oakland diocese and began the tournament more than 40 years ago.
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