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Taylor Albertson leads St. Helens to state title

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St. Helens High School volleyball – Taylor Albertson

Congratulations to St. Helens High School for winning the 2014 5A Oregon State Volleyball Title today. Ashland High School lost to St. Helens just last week when I took this photo. Taylor Albertson was the star on that night for St. Helens, and the same was true today. She had 26 kills and 8 blocks in just four sets today. Her stats were probably similar against Ashland.

Some things to consider…

What if all of Ashland’s wins in tournaments had counted instead of just all of their losses? What if the state rankings were done based on complete data? What if Ashland’s wins against higher ranked teams meant something in the rankings? Instead, Ashland was stuck with a poor seed which meant the Grizzlies had to play the eventual state champion on the road in the single-elimination round of 16.

Ashland beat (on the road) teams that eventually came in 3rd, 4th, and 6th in the state. Ashland also beat Crater at home (and Crater will end up with a Top 8 ranking). Ashland never played the teams that came in 2nd and 5th.

So maybe Ashland would have finished near the top had they been given a fairer chance. Oh well; there’s always next year.

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