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Outgoing senior outside hitter helped take Crusaders to another state title

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Jesuit outgoing senior Rose Booth won the Prep Volleyball Player of the Year after helping the Crusaders win the Class 6A state championship.

The sound of Rose Booth's rise-and-fire kills from her outside hitter position could turn heads at the Class 6A state tournament.

Even in the din of quarterfinal and semifinal action where two games transpire at the same time on adjacent courts, Booth could explode off the Liberty High School hardwood, meet a spinless set at its apex and smash the orbiting ball with unbelievable power. The audible thud and preceding "WOOOOH" from the Jesuit High student section tended to make opposing fans in the stands turn their focus to wherever that thundering raucous came from. Her ability to square up a pass, after gathering herself and uncoiling her right shoulder, was eyebrow-raising. Booth's opponents felt the effects of these seismic booms too. Playing on the perimeter, Booth could jump higher than essentially any block that put in front of her on the other side of the net. Her spike power and speed could send balls soaring past the double team as foes fruitlessly tried to get a finger tap on the missile. Occasionally, and much to Booth's chagrin, those shots seared through the defense and found the unprotected faces of a crouched over libero or two who unluckily just so happened to be in the line of fire. The powerful impact left a lasting imprint as some unfortunate foes suffered concussions due to the blunt force of the kill. Booth was often the first to offer her condolences, of course, but the shots spoke to the Crusader's raw penchant for putting balls away at a rapid rate.

Booth's talent certainly didn't go unnoticed. The outgoing Jesuit senior outside hitter won the Oregon Prep Girls Volleyball Player of the Year Committed to Loyola Marymount University, Booth is simply at the top of her class when it comes to Oregon high school volleyball. This past year, she was named the Oregon Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year as part of Jesuit's state championship-winning team, in which she was announced as the Player of the Game. Booth was also named the Metro League Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-State Tournament selection. Booth was the Class 6A state championship player of the match, after bagging 16 kills with just three errors as Jesuit swept Sprague.

Booth headed a wrecking ball-like Jesuit squad that was senior-heavy and loaded with studs. Alyssa Hughes, Lauren McCabe, Erin Foley and Brook Olson all played with Booth from their freshmen seasons on, building a relationship that weathered an uncharacteristic two-and-out showing at state in 2018 and rebounded royally with a tour de force '19 when Jesuit was simply unbeatable. Hughes and Booth share Metro Player of the Year honors and were both first-team All-Metro picks as were Lizzie Stegemoller, Foley and Olson.

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