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Spectators cheering Girls' Volleyball championship

In a gym filled with cheering spectators, six CYO girls' volleyball teams competed for championships in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades in the annual Oakland Diocese Girls' CYO Volleyball Playoffs. The evening finals were held following a weekend of first and second rounds of play that featured twenty-four teams from around the Oakland Diocese.

The 8th grade division featured undefeated league champion, Corpus Christi, Piedmont, playing Holy Spirit, Fremont, the defending 7th grade diocesan champion from last season. In two sets, Corpus Christi won over Holy Spirit, 25-16, 26-24. In the exciting extra-point second set, Corpus Christi led 18-8 only to see a comeback bid by Holy Spirit to tie the set at 19-19. The teams then traded leads and went into extra points until Georgia Bunkers delivered the match point hit for Corpus Christi. Holy Spirit's comeback was led by Deanna Orta who served 11 points.

In the 7th Grade division final, St. Leander, San Leandro, won over Corpus Christi, Piedmont, in a three-set match, 21-25, 25-10, 15-6. Ysabella Lucero delivered the match-winning serve for St. Leander, led by outstanding play by Angel Oviedo. Corpus Christi was led in serving by Piper Bunkers and Nina Goldberg. Corpus Christi carried 18 players on their 7th grade team and 17 players on their 8th grade team.

In a highlight match of the playoffs, the 6th Grade division was captured by St. Philip Neri, Alameda, winning their second volleyball championship since their first in 1992. In the first set of the match, St. Philip Neri won over Holy Spirit, Fremont, 25-17. In a thrilling second set, SPN captured the championship in extra points, 29-27. Holy Spirit was down in the second set 23-18 but Pavneet Dhillon delivered five straight serves to tie the game at 23-23. The teams then went back and forth with the lead until Xochitl Mares served the 29th point to give SPN the championship.

The Girls' CYO Volleyball Playoff Finals were played at St. Bede, Hayward, in February with the first and second round matches played at St. Leander gym, San Leandro, and St. Elizabeth Oliver Lynch Gym, Oakland.

Other parishes and Catholic schools who participated in the playoffs were: St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Joseph, Pinole; All Saints, Hayward; Assumption, San Leandro; St. Theresa, Oakland; St. Patrick, Rodeo; School of the Madeleine, Berkeley; St. Anne, Union City; St. Edward, Newark; Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley; St David of Wales, Richmond. Participating teams qualified in each of the four CYO volleyball leagues, representing 30 parishes, 130 teams and 1,300 players participating in girls' volleyball in the Oakland Diocese CYO this past season.

For complete results of the matches, or for more information on CYO, visit the CYO Website www.oaklandcyo.org.

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

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