High-SchoolVolleyball: Asics Challenge

By Kirstin Olsen

No. 38 Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calf.) had a good run this weekend at the Asics Challenge, taking third place with a 21-25, 25-17, 25-21 win over host Mother McAuley (Chicago), ranked 35th. The Sailors won their pool after a hard-fought battle against Cary-Grove (Cary, Ill.), the defending Asics champs. The Sailors probably had a different lineup every game. Their star setter, USC commit Cinnamon Sary, would also pass and hit for them a few rotations while junior Torey Thompson delivered the ball. When the Sailors were able to pass well enough to get senior middle blocker Alex Holbrook involved, they definitely got on a roll.
Torey Thompson
David Villegas/ESPNHSTorey Thompson sets for Newport Harbor.

Unranked Carl Sandburg (Orland Park, Ill.) caught fire late in the Asics Challenge and posted a big 13-25, 27-25, 25-23 win over No. 39 Marist (Chicago, Ill.) to win the gold bracket consolation. After graduating nine players from last year's team, the Eagles are rebuilding this year. They got Marist into trouble with their defense and tough serving. Dakota Hampton, daughter of Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, practically jumped out of her shoes at the end of the match, celebrating the win with her teammates.

No. 33 Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) continues to dominate the Pacific Northwest with a 16-0 record and not dropping a set all year. The Rams are backed by middle/outside hitter Oregon commit Martenne Bettendorf and top basketball recruit Kailee Johnson. The Rams are especially gifted in the height category this season with five players 6-feet or taller and are hoping to capture their third consecutive 6A state title this year.

No. 20 Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has had a good season so far at 16-1, only dropping a match to rival Gilbert (Gilbert, Ariz.), ranked 47th. The Huskies have eight players on their team who are 6-feet or taller, and their roster includes seven sophomores. They have five outstanding young middles and run a 6-2 offense to utilize their big hitters in the front row. They took down St. Xavier (Phoenix, Ariz.) on Sept. 13 and are scheduled for a rematch Oct. 6. The Huskies are looking to win their third 5A state championship this year.

If you have notable results from the weekend email us at Kolsen@studentsports.com.
By Kirstin Olsen

St. James (Lenexa, Kan.) is the No. 4 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings, and rightfully so with a 22-0 season and a big win at the Blue Springs South Tournament this past weekend for their third tournament title of the season.

St. James beat St. Teresa's (Kansas City, Mo.) in the final 25-14, 25-20.

Senior setter and Appalachian State commit Paige Brown had six aces, 151 assists, 11 kills, 7 block assists, and 43 digs over the weekend. Senior outside Annie Reilly finished with 7 aces, 53 kills, 4 block assists and 51 digs for a great showing over the weekend.

Girls Volleyball, Lauren Hoenecke, ESPN HS
Josh Holmberg/ESPNHSEdison's Lauren Hoenecke elevates for the quick set

Six players return from last year to the Thunder to make up an amazing defensive team. So far they have had a busy schedule, playing games every weekend in September. Next up is the Lawrenceville Tourney before they host their toughest match of the season, against the No. 1 team in the nation, Papillion- La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) on Oct. 5.

No. 3 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) outlasted No. 50 Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.) in the Berkeley Premier, winning 20-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-16, 22-20. Last year's ESPN High School Junior of the Year Jordan Burgess led the Bucs with 33 kills and 14 digs and the MVP award.

This weekend Berkeley Prep will travel to Chicago to face a deep field of 24 teams from eight different states at the Asics Challenge at Mother McAuley.

Tonight in California, No. 7 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) will take on No. 35 Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the championship match of the Dave Mohs OC Championships.

Edison defeated No. 37 Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.), 16-25, 30-28, 15-10, in the semifinals.

Los Alamitos rallied after losing to Rosary (Fullerton, Calif.) in pool play 25-22, 25-20 to come back and beat Santa Margarita (Santa Margarita, Calif.) in the semifinals in three sets.

The Griffins are defending champs and will play Edison for the second time of the season after meeting in the Durango Fall Classic, where Los Al prevailed 25-19, 25-17.

If you have notable results from the weekend email us at Kolsen@studentsports.com