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Lajes' Colleen Koonst, left, attempts a spike against Brussels' Viktorija Juciute during a quarterfinal game of the DODDS Europe volleyball championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Friday. Lajes defeated Brussels 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 to advance to the semifinals against Milan.
Lajes' Colleen Koonst, left, attempts a spike against Brussels' Viktorija Juciute during a quarterfinal game of the DODDS Europe volleyball championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Friday. Lajes defeated Brussels 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 to advance to the semifinals against Milan. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)
Lajes' Colleen Koonst, left, attempts a spike against Brussels' Viktorija Juciute during a quarterfinal game of the DODDS Europe volleyball championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Friday. Lajes defeated Brussels 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 to advance to the semifinals against Milan.
Lajes' Colleen Koonst, left, attempts a spike against Brussels' Viktorija Juciute during a quarterfinal game of the DODDS Europe volleyball championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Friday. Lajes defeated Brussels 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 to advance to the semifinals against Milan. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)
Lajes' Colleen Koonst, left, and sister Alaina Koonst leap to block the shot of Brussels' Christine Exner during a quarterfinal game against Brussels.
Lajes' Colleen Koonst, left, and sister Alaina Koonst leap to block the shot of Brussels' Christine Exner during a quarterfinal game against Brussels. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

MIESAU, Germany — It wasn’t easy, but the pairings have been set for Saturday’s European volleyball finals in all four divisions.

The toughest one to determine was in Division I, where the round-robin to decide the finalists went down to the final match before Ramstein defeated defending champion Heidelberg in the third and final game.

Ramstein will play play Frankfurt International School, the No. 3 seed, which stunned top-seeded Heidelberg on Thursday, for the title at 1:30 p.m. Saturday

The Lions became the second champion to taste defeat. Division III king Ansbach fell in Friday’s quarterfinals.

But Aviano (Division II) and Alconbury (Division IV) have the chance to repeat. The undfeated Saints, in what was expected to be a rebuilding year, will play Black Forest Academy in the 11:30 a.m. title game. Alconbury will take on Milan in its final at 1:30 p.m.

In Division III, Baumholder will play Rota at 11:30 a.m.

“We’re going to be insanely pumped tomorrow,” said Aviano sophomore Samantha Cordova after the Saints demolished Patch 25-13, 25-7, 25-15 in Friday’s semifinal. “We played awesome today.”

Particularly awesome were Aviano hitter Jessica Corder, who registered a season-high 22 kills in her showdown with All-Europe hitter Kasy’e Lalau of Patch. Corder benefited from 13 assists posted by Lindsay Jackson and what Cordova called her team’s “great ambience” on the court.

Egged on by eager mothers in the stands, the Saints sang and cheered all afternoon, even when faced with digging a couple of dozen bullets from the powerful Lalau.

Aviano had already played and defeated the Panthers three times this season. That was one fewer time than it had played Naples, its victim in Friday’s best-of-three quarterfinals. Aviano prevailed 25-21, 25-22.

“It’s hard to play them so often,” Aviano’s Corder said. “We’re the only two Division II teams in Italy, so we kind of bond with them. Italy teams stick together.”

Aviano’s last four points in Game 1 came via bad serves by Naples, and Aviano errors kept Naples in the second game until the Saints’ energy kicked in.

“We try to stay really pumped up,” Corder said. “We play with a lot of hustle and cover all the tips. When the ball goes off court, we have people ramming into walls to save it.”

Aviano’s opponent is perennial power BFA. The Falcons turned back Hanau 25-27, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17 in the semis.

For Patch, this tournament has been a redemption project. With Lalau on board, the Lady Panthers had been viewed as a preseason contender, but came into the Europeans seeded 10th of the 10 Division II teams.

“We’ve worked really hard to make up for this year,” said Lalau, wiping tears of joy and relief from her eyes after Patch had eliminated third-seeded Bitburg 22-25, 25-19, 15-12 in the quarters.

Bitburg came into the tournement undefeated against Division II foes. The Lady Barons, however, stumbled Thursday against BFA and went into the quarters as a second-place pool finisher. And in a best-of-three against a team that can call on Lalau for the biggest hits in the division, there’s no room for error.

“In a three-game match, you have to make sure the games don’t get away from you,” Lalau said. “You can’t start out slowly.”

All championship matches will be best of five games, and will be played at Ramstein’s Southside gym.

European championshipsRAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Friday’s results from the three-day girls European volleyball championships which end Saturday. Division I is round robin; Divisions II-IV are pool play. Early round matches are best-of-three; most individual game scores unavailable:

Division I at Sembach

(Round robin)

Ramstein def. Frankfurt International School 2-0

Heidelberg def. Lakenheath 2-0

Würzburg def. Kaiserslautern 2-0

Ramstein def. Wiesbaden 2-0

Heidelberg def. Würzburg 2-0

Wiesbaden def. Lakenheath 2-0

FIS def. Kaiserslautern 2-0

Lakenheath def. Würzburg 2-0

FIS def. Wiesbaden 2-0

Ramstein def Heidelberg, 2-1

Saturday’s games

(at Ramstein Southside)

Third place

Heidelberg vs. Wiesbaden, 10 a.m.

Championship

Ramstein vs. FIS, 1:30 p.m.

Division II at Miesau

Friday’s pool-play results

Aviano def. AFNORTH, score unavailable

Black Forest Academy def. Naples, score unavailable

Bitburg def. Mannheim, score unavailable

Vilseck def. Patch, score unavailable

Friday’s quarterfinals

Aviano def. Naples 2-0

BFA def. SHAPE 2-0

Hanau def. Vilseck 2-0

Patch def. Bitburg 2-1

Friday’s semifinals

(Best-of-five)

Aviano def. Patch 3-0

BFA def. Hanau 3-1

Saturday’s games

(at Ramstein Southside)

Third place

Patch vs. Hanau, 9 a.m.

Championship

Aviano vs. BFA, 11:30 a.m.

Division III at Ramstein Southside

Friday’s pool-play results

Sigonella def. Hohenfels 2-0

Baumholder def. Bamberg 2-0

Rota def. Vicenza 2-0

London Central def. Marymount 2-0

Friday’s quarterfinals

Rota def. American Overseas School of Rome 2-0

Sigonella def. Ansbach, score unavailable

Baumholder def. Vicenza, score unavailable

Friday’s semifinals

Baumholder def. London Central

Rota def Sigonella

Saturday’s games

(at Ramstein Southside)

Third place

London Central vs. Sigonella, 9 a.m.

Championship

Baumholder vs. Rota, 11:30 a.m.

Division IV at Kaiserslautern High School

Friday’s quarterfinals

Alconbury def. Menwith Hill 2-0

Milan def. Ankara 2-0

Incirlik def. Giessen 2-0

Lajes def. Brussels 2-0

Friday’s semifinals

(Best-of-five)

Alconbury def. Incirlik 3-0

Milan def Lajes

Saturday's games

(at Ramstein Southside)

Third place

Incirlik vs. Lajes, 10 a.m.

Championship

Alconbury vs. Milan, 1:30 p.m.

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