Beaverton — The 2021 edition of the Southridge Tournament gave plenty to observe and talk about. 4A Valley Catholic joined with 5A/6A schools to give everyone an idea of where their team is at entering the regular season. Let’s just say, there were many things about teams to takeaway…..
Century Goes From The Cellar To Champion…..All In About Eight Hours
Talk about a roller coaster! The Century Jaguars started the tournament by winning a single set in their pool play matches, sending them to the cellar of the consolation bracket. However, something either clicked or maybe some caffeine kicked in during bracket play, as the Jaguars went all in and found success. After knocking off host Southridge and Pacific Conference foe Glencoe, they took their momentum to championship and swept rival Liberty to win the Southridge Tournament consolation bracket. The promise shown by the Jaguars was a treat to observe and perhaps it can be applied to their conference schedule in September.
Oregon City Has A Seat At The 6A Contender Table
Welcome to the big chair Pioneers! With victories over Valley Catholic, McMinnville, and Glencoe in pool play, Oregon City took heavy momentum into the winners bracket at Southridge. Facing stiff contenders, the Pioneers took out TRL opponent Tualatin and 5A Crescent Valley. While they ultimately fell to the dynasty called Jesuit in the title game, this was about as great of a running start for Oregon City as it could’ve been to the season. Its easy to declare the Pioneers as not only legit Three Rivers League contenders, but also having potential for a deep run in the 6A playoffs!
Crescent Valley Makes Their Statement
A team abundant with a unique combination of youth and seniority, the Raiders were an unknown entering the Fall season but not anymore. Going all the way to the semifinals of the winners bracket, the Raiders took care of business against Century and Canby in pool play, and even took a set from the mighty Crusaders before ultimately falling to Jesuit. Crescent Valley took down Forest Grove in the first bracket game, but they couldn’t overcome the overwhelming force of Oregon City in the semifinals. After a 2-9 season this Spring, the Raiders already have more victories in their first five matches of the Fall season. The Mid-Willamette is on notice, take the Raiders extremely seriously, especially if they can lock horns with Jesuit.
Valley Catholic’s Tune-Up Tournament
Although the smallest team at the Southridge Tournament, the Valiants were one of the most dangerous teams there. Being in 4A, they played up against every team they faced and didn’t disappoint at all. They took out Glencoe and McMinnville in pool action, but fell to Oregon City in their other matchup. Facing a tough draw with a rising Sherwood team, they persevered through the rough patches of the match and took down the Bowmen 2-0. That momentum also carried over to Jesuit, where they ran the Crusaders to OT in their first set, eventually falling 27-25. If these performances are any indicator, its that Valley Catholic should be the favorite in 4A and needs to give us the match we’re all craving to see……Valley Catholic vs Sisters!
Jesuit Is Still The Volleyball Queen
With all these great performances and takeaways, the elephant in the room belongs to Jesuit. The Crusaders took care of business in typical Jesuit fashion: Sweeps and dominance. Interestingly, their toughest set of the day came from 5A Crescent Valley, who accomplished something few teams can claim, winning a set against Jesuit. Despite the stunning set loss, the Crusaders are well on their way to another state championship but they are proven as a vulnerable team. This opens the door for contenders like West Linn and South Salem, but Jesuit is still queen until someone can win a complete match against them.