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.
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.
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