The Campolindo High girls volleyball team rallied from a late deficit to win the first set in the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship match in Irvine on Saturday.
But Cathedral Catholic-San Diego diversified its attack and won the next three tightly contested sets to capture the title 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 at Concordia University.
Campolindo, ending a superb season at 30-5 with the school's fifth state title appearance and another North Coast Section title, was led by Annie Shurtz with 18 kills and Kirsten Sibley with 10.
Cathedral Catholic was led by Tatiana Durr with 18 kills and Kristen Witous with 17.
"We put everything out there," Campolindo coach John Vuong said. "The games could have gone either way."
"We weren't expected to win NCS and now we're second in the state," Campolindo setter Sophie Seiberth said. "It's been a great year."
The Cougars rallied from a 21-19 first-set deficit with three Shurtz kills in a 6-2 closing run for the win. But the close ones would go the other way thereafter.
All three subsequent sets were tied at 18 or later, but the Dons won them all. Durr was dominant but Cathedral Catholic, noting Campolindo's triple block to slow her, started to use other weapons.
The second set was knotted at 18 when Witous ripped two kills off the block and a cross for another winner in the final push. The third set was another back-and-forth affair.
A similar pattern developed in the fourth set. Campolindo led 16-13, and Cathedral Catholic rallied for a 20-20 tie.
The Dons scored five of the final six points, with setter Lauren Miller redirecting a pass for a point and scoring on a dunk on the final play.
"Our block was good," Vuong said. "We tried to slow number eight (Durr). We put up triple blocks to try to slow her. And when we pushed the ball to the pins, we had a better percentage of getting kills. And our defense was superb.
"But we had too many unforced errors, and we gave them opportunities in all three sets we lost at the end."
Bishop O'Dowd 51, Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 40: The host Monarchs (0-1) gave the Dragons all they could handle for the first 20 minutes of this nonleague game between two defending state champions, but O'Dowd then pulled away, led by an impressive performance from Oderah Chidom.
The Duke-bound Chidom scored 13 of her game-high 20 points and grabbed eight of her 16 rebounds in the final 12 minutes, as the Dragons (2-0) increased a two-point lead to a high of 15 before winning by 11.
"We were still a little rusty. We are so used to playing against each other," said Chidom about her and her team in the first half. "We have to play like we have a huge target on our backs."
O'Dowd is ranked No. 1 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 preseason poll.
"We were dominated on the glass," Monarchs coach Sue Phillips said. "They are a very, very talented team."
The Dragons bolted out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter behind five points from Asha Thomas. But Mitty went on an 11-4 run and tied it on a 3-pointer by Jahnay Anderson with 3:41 left in the first half.
Two free throws by Mitty's Kelli Hayes narrowed O'Dowd's lead at halftime to 21-20.
O'Dowd, which never trailed, held a slim 27-25 advantage with 4:46 left in the third quarter. But Chidom's inside basket started an 11-3 O'Dowd run to end the quarter, and the Dragons led by double-digits throughout the fourth quarter.
Anderson scored 17 points for Mitty.
Dragons coach Malik McCord gave his team a grade of D-plus regarding the game.
"They totally agree," McCord said about his team. "We played sloppy, we rushed things."
-- Phil Jensen
St. Mary's wide receiver Caleb Coleman has orally committed to Cal. He said the academics at Cal, its proximity to home and competing in the Pac-12 played in his decision.
"After I went to their one-day camp over the summer, throughout the year they were first on my list," the 6-foot, 180-pound Coleman said.
Coleman had 41 receptions for 719 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season this year. Coleman also considered Yale, Fresno State and Air Force.
-- Phil Jensen