Volleyball season roars to regionals

The Oregon Convention Center plays host to the annual tournament
April 28, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - The seemingly never-ending prep volleyball season comes to a close this weekend - for most teams, with the annual CEVA Regionals, set to be played out Saturday and Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center.

More than 350 teams are scheduled to compete in four age-groups ranging from 18-and-under to 12-and-under, with seeding into 16-team brackets having taken place during a league season that began in January.

Most of the girls involved have played in a tournament nearly every weekend the past two months.

Pool-play matches begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, and begin concluding with championship matches at Sunday afternoon. The top teams in the 18U bracket are scheduled to play their title match at 1 p.m.

The Convention Center will house 47 courts during the weekend.

The Webfoot Gold team from Eugene is the top-seeded team in the 18U bracket, with the Salem-based North Pacific Juniors as the second seed.

At 16U, the Webfoot club again secured the top seed, with the Adidas NW club, based in Gresham, as the second seed.

At 14U, the Oregon Juniors, based in Beaverton, are seeded first, with Athena, also based in Beaverton, as second.

And at 12U, Oregon Juniors enters as the top seed, with Rose City, which regularly feeds players into Central Catholic High School, as second.


Regional begins with OJVA rally

The 16U runners-up from last year, respond with a 9-2 run to win qualifier
Jan. 6, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Down 12-7 and facing a spot in a the Silver Division, the girls from the Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy rallied to hold their position and win the January Power League qualifier at the newly refurbished Eastmoreland Courts Sunday evening.

OJVA beat Webfoot Juniors 16-14 in the third set to finish unbeaten on the day in the 16U qualifier that sets teams up seedings that affect locations for the three Power League tournaments heading into the regional tournament.

The top 16 teams, performance-wise, from the Power League events advance to the two-day championships, April 20-21, at Oregon State University.

The OJVA team, including standouts from Beaverton and Lake Oswego, finished second to Portland Volleyball Club in 2012.

OJVA entered Sunday's event seeded No. 2 in the region, and as the highest seed in the qualifier. But, Webfoot, powered by Newport sophomore Kalli Dixon, won the first set of the best-of-three final and led 12-7 when the match slipped away. Webfoot served for the match at 14-13, but couldn't hold off the OJVA rally.


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