2019-20 athletes & coaches of the year, All-County teams, Outstanding Seniors

A look back at the OCVarsity award winners for the 2019-20 high school sports season.

Athletes and coaches of the year and All-County teams were selected for the fall and winter sports. For the spring sports, which had their season cut short by COVID-19, the Register chose an Outstanding Senior for each sport.

OCVarsity 2020 Athletes & Coaches of the Year page

FALL SPORTS

FOOTBALL

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Young, Mater Dei

Defensive Player of the Year: Clark Phillips III, La Habra

Coach of the Year: Nick Karavedas, Sunny Hills

All-County team: First Team Offense

All-County team: First Team Defense

All-County teams: Second Team and Third Team

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Player of the Year: Mia Tuaniga, Mater Dei

Coach of the Year: Isaac Owens, Esperanza

All-County team

BOYS CROSS COUNTY

Runner of the Year: Anthony Grover, JSerra

Coach of the Year: Craig Dunn, Dana Hills

All-County team

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Runner of the Year: Carly Corsinita, Capistrano Valley

Coach of the Year: Ken Chai, El Toro

All-County team

GIRLS GOLF

Golfer of the Year: Sherilyn Villaneuva, Troy

Coach of the Year: Bruce Loman, Sage Hill

All-County team

GIRLS TENNIS

Player of the Year: Kaytlin Taylor, Huntington Beach

Coach of the Year: Natasha Schottland, Portola

All-County team

BOYS WATER POLO

Player of the Year: Tanner Pulice, Corona del Mar

Coach of the Year: Logan Powell, San Clemente

All-County team

 

WINTER SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

Player of the Year: Devin Askew, Mater Dei

Coach of the Year: D’Cean Bryant, Fountain Valley

All-County team

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Player of the Year: Asia Avinger, Rosary

Coach of the Year: Jimmy Valverde, Esperanza

All-County team

BOYS SOCCER

Player of the Year: Uriel Sanchez, Servite

Coach of the Year: Jon Spencer, Servite

All-County team

GIRLS SOCCER

Player of the Year: Samantha Williams, JSerra

Coach of the Year: Pat Rossi, Los Alamitos

All-County team

GIRLS WATER POLO

Player of the Year: Emma Lineback, Laguna Beach

Coach of the Year: Rory Bevins, Rosary

All-County team

BOYS WRESTLING

Wrestler of the Year: Aaron Nagao, Esperanza

Coach of the Year: Dane Valdez, Calvary Chapel

All-County team

GIRLS WRESTLING

Wrestler of the Year: Aine Drury, Westminster

All-County team

 

SPRING SPORTS

Outstanding Seniors

Baseball: Jonny Long, Orange

Softball: Madi Simon, Beckman

Boys Swimming: Ryan Abdollahi, Dana Hills

Girls Swimming: Ella Ristic,  Santa Margarita

Boys Track & Field: Isaac Korn, Trabuco Hills

Girls Track & Field: Sophia Hartwell, Orange Lutheran

Boys Volleyball: Niko Colburn, Huntington Beach

Boys Tennis: Jake Huarte, Mater Dei

Boys Golf: Taehoon Song, Anaheim Discovery Christian

Boys Lacrosse: Andrew Cumming, Foothill

Girls Lacrosse: Ashley Stokes, Foothill

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OCVarsity 2020 Athletes of the Year special section

The Register wraps up a year of excellence in high school sports by selecting the Orange County Athletes of the Year.

The honorees are featured in a special section that includes lists of all of the athletes and coaches who received OCVarsity honors in 2019-20. The section is included in Sunday’s edition of the Register.

There is also an interactive online version of the section that can be found here.

A link to our page for the 2020 OCVaristy Athlete & Coach Awards.

This year, because of COVID-19, the Register couldn’t host its annual banquet for all of the year’s award winners, but the OCVarsity staff congratulates the honorees, including Rosary’s Asia Avinger, who received the Trinity League Athlete of the Year award from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

 

To read the individual stories, click on the athlete names below.

Male Athlete of the Year

Bryce Young, Mater Dei


Mater Dei High quarterback Bryce Young announced his commitment to attend Alabama on social media on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

Female Athlete of the Year

Asia Avinger, Rosary


Rosary’s Asia Avinger is one of the Orange County Register’s 2020 Athletes of the Year. The San Clemente High School athlete committed to play basketball at San Diego State. Photographed in Anaheim, CA on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

Male Outstanding Competitor

Lance Keneley, Mission Viejo


Mission Viejo High School’s Lance Keneley is one of the Orange County Register’s 2020 Athletes of the Year. Keneley has committed to play football at Stanford. Photographed in Anaheim, CA on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Female Outstanding Competitor

Ella Gardiner, San Clemente


San Clemente athlete Ella Gardiner is one of the Orange County Register’s 2020 Athletes of the Year. Gardiner excelled in basketball and volleyball.  Photographed in Anaheim, CA on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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SoCal Varsity honors the top fall sports athletes in Southern California

The Southern California News Group honors the top high school athletes for the fall sports with its SoCal Varsity Sports Awards.

SCNG’s team of high school sports reporters have selected the Athletes of the Year and All-SoCal teams in football, girls volleyball, boys water polo, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls golf.

Read all of the stories online (links below) and in a special section that is included in all of SCNG’s newspapers on Sunday, Dec. 22.

SOCAL VARSITY FALL SPORTS AWARDS

Football | Athlete of the Year: Bryce Young, Mater Dei | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls volleyball | Athlete of the Year: Kami Miner, Redondo | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys water polo | Athlete of the Year: Nolan Krutonog, Daily News | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls tennis | Athlete of the Year: Kammi Hance, Peninsula | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys cross country | Athlete of the Year: Nico Young, Newbury Park | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls cross coutnry | Athlete of the Year: Savannah Scriven, Palos Verdes | All-SoCal First Team | 

Girls golf | Athlete of the Year: Caroline Canales, Calabasas | All-SoCal First Team

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OCVarsity video: Mater Dei’s bid for a volleyball three-peat ends with loss to Redondo

Mater Dei’s girls volleyball team fell short in its bid to win the CIF-SS Division 1 title for the third consecutive year as it lost to Redondo in four games on Saturday at Cerritos College. See highlights and interviews in a video by Jonathan Khamis for the Orange County Register.


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CIF-SS girls volleyball playoffs: Saturday’s scores, updated schedule


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The scores from Saturday’s CIF-SS girls volleyball playoff games and the updated schedule.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Aliso Niguel at Redondo

Foothill at Sierra Canyon

Mira Costa at Mater Dei

Vista Murrieta at Marymount

DIVISION 2

Second round, Saturday

Rancho Cucamonga def. Village Christian, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 16-25, 15-12

Lakewood def. Beckman, 3-2 (scores not reported)

Murrieta Valley def. Los Alamitos, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24

Santa Margarita def. Tesoro, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20

Esperanza def. Chaparral, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-20

Westlake def. Harvard-Westlake, 25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18

Bishop Montgomery def. Cypress, 25-16, 25-14, 21-25, 25-21

San Juan Hills def. San Clemente, 25-20, 25-19, 25-15

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Rancho Cucamonga at Lakewood

Santa Margarita at Murrieta Valley

Esperanza at Westlake

Bishop Montgomery at San Juan Hills

DIVISION 3

Second round, Saturday

Ontario Christian def. La Canada, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20

Notre Dame Academy def. Dos Pueblos, 25-6, 25-21, 25-17

Long Beach Wilson def. Citrus Valley, 25-18, 25-21, 27-25

Culver City def. Marlborough, 24-26, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12

Paloma Valley def. West Ranch, 18-25, 20-25, 25-18, 27-25, 21-19

Fountain Valley def. Rosary, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21

San Marcos def. South Torrance, 17-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-10

Pasadena Poly def. La Salle, 17-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-13

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Notre Dame Academy at Ontario Christian

Culver City at Long Beach Wilson

Paloma Valley at Fountain Valley

Pasadena Poly at San Marcos

DIVISION 4

Second round, Saturday

Norco def. Oxnard, 25-16, 25-11, 23-25, 25-22

Calabasas def. Xavier Prep, 26-28, 25-21, 27-25, 25-21

South Pasadena def. Royal, 25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22

La Serna def. Cerritos, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 15-10

St. Anthony def. Buena, 25-13, 26-16, 25-23

Cerritos Valley Christian def. Westridge , 25-21, 25-13, 25-19

Saddleback Valley Christian def. Viewpoint, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20

Hemet def. Calvary Chapel, 25-22, 25-21, 25-16

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Norco at Calabasas

South Pasadena at La Serna

St. Anthony at Cerritos Valley Christian

Hemet at Saddleback Valley Christian

DIVISION 5

Second round, Saturday

Tustin def. Riverside North, 25-12, 25-12, 25-15

Windward def. Rim of the World, 28-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21

Palm Desert def. Aquinas, 3 games to 2 (scores not reported)

Chaminade d, Brentwood, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-11

Archer def. Troy, 3-1 (scores not reported)

Sultana def. Whittier, 25-23, 26-24, 25-16

Vistamar def. Simi Valley, 3-0 (scores not reported)

Walnut def. Schurr, 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, 17-25, 15-12

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Windward at Tustin

Palm Desert at Chaminade

Archer at Sultana

Vistamar at Walnut

DIVISION 6

Second round, Saturday

Linfield Christian def. California, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15

San Dimas def. Summit, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 26-24

St. Bonaventure def. Knight, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21

Buckley def. Don Lugo, 25-10, 25-22, 25-17

Nordhoff def. Barstow, 25-14, 25-20, 25-11

Mary Star def. Laguna Blanca, 26-24, 25-18, 25-17

Valley View def. Whitney, 25-17, 25-11, 25-12

Cate def. West Valley, 25-15, 25-20, 25-18

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

San Dimas at Linfield Christian

Buckley at St. Bonaventure

Nordhoff at Mary Star

Cate at Valley View

DIVISION 7

Second round, Saturday

Garden Grove def. Pacifica Christian/O.C., 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 15-13

Bolsa Grande def. San Gabriel Academy, 3-0 (scores not reported)

La Quinta/W def. Orange Vista, 25-12, 25-22, 26-24

Webb def. Azusa, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14

Sacred Heart def. Bassett, 25-7, 25-10, 25-13

Loara def. Indio, 25-20, 25-21, 25-4

Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian def. Covina, 3-1 (scores not reported)

Anaheim def. Moreno Valley, 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, 16-25, 15-7

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Garden Grove at Bolsa Grande

La Quinta/W at Webb

Sacred Heart at Loara

Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian at Anaheim

DIVISION 8

Second round, Saturday unless noted

Oakwood def. Thacher, 3-0 (scores not reported)

La Puente def. Connelly, 23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-18

Rowland def. New Roads, 25-21, 25-8, 13-25, 25-15

Palmdale Aerospace def. San Jacinto Valley Academy, 3-0 (scores not reported)

St. Bernard def. Big Bear, 3-2 (scores not reported)

Coastal Christian at Santa Clarita Christian, Monday, 6 p.m.

Bishop Diego def. Garey, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17

Trinity Classical def. Geffen, 25-11, 25-12, 25-18

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Oakwood at La Puente

Palmdale Aerospace at Rowland

Santa Clarita Christian at St. Bernard OR St. Bernard at Coastal Christian

Bishop Diego at Trinity Classical

DIVISION 9

Second round, Saturday unless noted

Cornerstone Christian def. New Harvest Christian, 25-11, 25-13, 25-4

Beacon Hill def. Silver Valley, 25-16, 25-12, 27-25

Temecula Prep at Academy for Careers & Exploration, Monday, 4 p.m.

La Verne Lutheran at Redlands Adventist, Monday, 6 p.m.

Packinghouse Christian def. Pilibos, 15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-10

Shandon at Mesa Grande, Monday, 6 p.m.

Santa Clara def. San Luis Obispo Classical, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20

Avalon def. Liberty Christian, 25-16, 25-19, 25-13

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Beacon Hill at Cornerstone Christian

Packinghouse Christian vs, TBD

 

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Esperanza volleyball battles its way past Chaparral in Division 2 playoffs


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ANAHEIM — Esperanza dropped the first set in its CIF SS Division 2 second-round playoff match against Chaparral on Saturday at Esperanza High School.

The unseeded Aztecs were then on the verge of losing the second set to the No. 3 Pumas, but rallied back to win it, and then went on to win the match 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-20.

Esperanza (20-5) will visit Westlake in a quarterfinal match on Wednesday.

Julia Waugh led the Aztecs with 19 kills and served four of her team’s 10 aces and teammate Elysse Stowell contributed with 16 kills and three blocks.

“I feel like we’ve kind of been building up to this moment for so long and I think we really turned it on,” Stowell said. “Positivity also really helped. We had all the passion. We knew we could do it.”

Brooklyn Frederick and Bella Rittenberg delivered 18 and 16 kills, respectively, to lead the Pumas (28-9).

The Aztecs took the lead early in the first set before the Pumas battled back and went on a 5-2 run down the stretch to win it.

Chaparral had leads of 22-18 and 23-21 in the second set and seemed on the verge of taking a two-set lead. But the Aztecs, behind a pair of back-row kills from Waugh and block by Kaylie Long, closed out the set on a 5-1 run to tie the match.

“I think we felt after the first game we didn’t play very well,” Esperanza coach Isaac Owens said. “We played better in game two and found a way to win, and then that definitely changed the momentum. If we lose that game, we were going to have a tough time, because they are a good team.”

The comeback win in the second set appeared to swing the momentum in favor of the Aztecs, who led throughout most of the third set.

The Pumas took a 4-1 lead early in the fourth set and had leads of 9-4 and 12-8 before Esperanza came back, led by kills from Waugh and Taylor Jones and a pair of aces from Madeline Harkey.

Clara Stowell’s kill to the back row ended the set and the match.

“I feel like they just played really well and they made plays,” Chaparral coach Gale Johnson said of Esperanza. “Sometimes we thought balls were going to be down and the rally was going to end, and they would save the play and the ball would come back over. They played great defense and sometimes that becomes frustrating for hitters. So our hitters started making mistakes or not swinging as aggressively.”

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La Habra volleyball tops Troy in five sets to clinch share of Freeway League title

FULLERTON — In a Freeway League girls volleyball match with a share of the league title on the line, La Habra and Troy on Monday needed five sets to determine the winner.

La Habra hitters Elaina Klistoff and Kalista Zubiate got hot when they were needed most, helping the Highlanders come back from a set down and leave the Troy High gymnasium with a 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13 victory.

The Highlanders (17-12, 7-2) are alone in first place and can clinch the league title outright with a victory over Sonora in the regular-season finale on Wednesday at La Habra High School.

The Raiders (15-11, 6-3) stayed in contention for second place with a sweep of Buena Park on Monday.

Troy (15-10, 6-3) and Sunny Hills (14-11, 6-3) are also in the fight for second place and will play each other Wednesday at Sunny Hills High School. The Lancers swept Fullerton on Monday.


La Habra’s Elaina Klistoff had a team-high 17 kills in the Highlanders’ victory over Troy on Monday night. The victory gave La Habra a share of the Freeway League title. (Photo by Lou Ponsi)

Klistoff and Zubiate finished with 17 and 16 kills, respectively, and combined for 19 kills in the final two sets to lead the come-from-behind victory for La Habra.

“If they are hot, we just keep feeding them,” La Habra coach Adrianne Spear said. “We do like to move the ball around and we moved it around a little bit more today, but we knew who we had to go to at the end.”

Klistoff delivered kills to score two of the Highlanders’ final three points in the fourth and fifth sets and came through with the set-winning kill both times.

“I’m really tired but really ecstatic, obviously” Klistoff said. “I think it’s not about all the power, but about the heart that the team has as a whole and the chemistry we have.”

Several players made big contributions for the Warriors.

Kaleigh Beachler had 13 kills and a pair of aces, and Kaitlyn Mickle finished with 13 kills and two blocks.

Emily Burger finished with 11 kills and a block, and Isabel Aguilar had seven kills and a block for the Warriors.

Both matches between La Habra and Troy this season went five sets, with the Highlanders coming from behind to win both times.

“We went out there and we worked our butts off,” Troy coach Megan Tomicic said. “At the end of the day, there is a winner and there is a loser. One thing that we kept doing is that we were playing catch up … and that is mentally and physically exhausting.

“One thing that I told them is that I am so proud of their passion and their heart and their work, because they left everything on the court, and as a coach that is all you can ask for.”

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Newport Harbor boys volleyball beats Mira Costa to capture first SoCal Regional title

NEWPORT BEACH – It takes a special team to ascend to new heights when it is already one of the premier volleyball programs in the nation, and the Newport Harbor boys volleyball team proved to be the epitome of special.

The Sailors gave their longtime coach Rocky Ciarelli the proper sendoff by winning the school’s first CIF Southern California Regional Division I championship with a victory over Mira Costa 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-19 on Saturday night at Newport Harbor High.

Newport Harbor wins their first SoCal Regional championship!!! The Sailors beat Mira Costa, 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-19. @ocvarsity @breezepreps pic.twitter.com/BwlYBkO4n4

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 19, 2019

Ciarelli, who announced his retirement at the beginning of the season, didn’t want the focus to be on him after the victory.

“First of all, I’d like to thank the crowd, and then these kids, they’re something special.” Ciarelli said. “You saw tonight how much they hustled, the desire they had, they just kept working, especially after losing that first game.”

Dayne Chalmers finished with 19 kills and Jack Higgs had 11 kills to pace the Sailors (39-1), who finished the season 11-0 at home.

The Mustangs (25-7), who lost to Newport Harbor in the CIF SS Division 1 final last week, fared much better in Saturday’s opening set.

“I thought Mira Costa played really well (in the first set),” Ciarelli said. “They didn’t miss many serves, they passed well, but as the game went on our game picked up and their game broke down a little bit too.”

Set 1

Mira Costa takes the first set over Newport Harbor, 25-18. Mustangs look much better today than they did last Saturday in Cerritos. @ocvarsity @breezepreps pic.twitter.com/JrXYRHsuFS

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 19, 2019

Mira Costa coach Avery Drost knew his team would have to play a near-perfect game to beat the Sailors, but the Mustangs were unable to sustain that level of play for the duration of the match.

“They are excellent and they’re gonna make you pay for every mistake” Drost said of Newport Harbor. “I think our team is capable of putting together stretches that can hang with them, but to do that over the course of five sets, if that’s what it takes to beat these guys, is a really tall task.”

Set 2.

The Sailors play much better and take the second set from Mira Costa 25-17. @ocvarsity @breezepreps pic.twitter.com/F3nWOqXzUe

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 19, 2019

Ben Coordt had a team-high 10 kills for Mira Costa, which also got contributions from Thomas Kretschmer and Sam Collins in the opening set.

It was all Newport Harbor after that.

The Sailors regained their rhythm in the second set and were especially tough up the middle as Caden Garrido and Alec Patterson controlled the net by constantly blocking the Mustangs swings.

Newport Harbor continued its march towards school history in the third and fourth sets by sticking to the fundamentals, clean passing by Joe Karlous and Ryan Schroeder and swift attacks from the outside courtesy Blake Ludes, Higgs and Chalmers.

“It takes a toll on a team,” Ciarelli said about the Sailors’ game plan. “We’re going to play at a certain level, and maybe you can play at that level for a while, but let’s see if you can play at that level for four or five games.”

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Orange County boys volleyball, boys tennis and lacrosse schedule for Wednesday, May 8

The playoff schedule for the Orange County teams on Wednesday, May 8:

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Semifinals

Matches 6 p.m. unless noted 

DIVISION 1

Newport Harbor at Loyola

DIVISION 2

Saddleback Valley Christian at West Ranch

Beckman at Oak Park

DIVISION 3

Quartz Hill at Woodbridge

Peninsula at Kennedy

DIVISION 5

Ocean View vs. Pacifica Christian/SM, at St. Bernard High

El Modena at Montebello

DIVISION 6

Oxford Academy at Rio Hondo Prep

 

BOYS LACROSSE

O.C. Championships final

Foothill vs. St. Margaret’s, at Newport Harbor High, 7:15 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE

O.C. Championships final

Foothill vs. St. Margaret’s, at Newport Harbor High, 5 p.m.

 

BOYS TENNIS

Semifinals

Games 3 p.m. unless noted

OPEN DIVISION

Mira Costa at University

DIVISION 1

San Clemente at Beckman

Ventura at Sage Hill

DIVISION 2

Calabasas at Cypress

DIVISION 3

Redlands East Valley at San Juan Hills

Mater Dei at Trabuco Hills

 

 

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Corona del Mar boys volleyball ends 30-game winning streak for rival Newport Harbor

NEWPORT BEACH – The Newport Harbor boys volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the state, came into its Surf League contest against rival Corona del Mar on Wednesday with an unblemished record.

In fact, the Sailors went into contest having lost just one set in seven league matches.

The Sea Kings ended Newport Harbor’s run of dominance with a four-set upset victory, 25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, at Corona del Mar High School.

The Sea Kings (19-7, 3-1) snapped Newport Harbor’s 30-game winning streak, and moved into a first-place tie with the Sailors (30-1, 3-1) with two league matches remaining. It was the first regular-season loss in two seasons for Newport Harbor, which swept the Sailors in the teams’ first league matchup on March 29.

Huge win for boys volleyball tonight over Newport Harbor. @ocvarsity @OCSportsZone @DailyPilotSport @SoCalSidelines pic.twitter.com/X9jhSra7NL

— CDM ATHLETICS (@CDM_ATHLETICS) April 18, 2019

“The first time we played them, we really didn’t put them under pressure,” first-year Sea Kings coach Sam Stafford said. “And we talked about it the first two days of our practice … Let’s just see how they react under pressure. We were able to do that and we were able to make some plays when we got them under pressure.”

Corona del Mar, which has not lost a home match since 2016, also ended the Sailors’ unbeaten streak for the second year in a row. The Sailors were 33-0 last season when the Sea Kings defeated them in the CIF-SS Division 1 final. Corona del Mar went on to defeat Newport Harbor again in the CIF Southern California Regional Final.

Nick Alacano and Adam Flood led the Sea Kings with 11 kills and eight kills, respectively.

Jack Higgs had 18 kills and Dayne Chalmers had 14 kills for Newport Harbor.

“Everyone was trying so hard,” Flood said. “And everyone knows everyone on the other side, so you try that much harder to try and beat guys you know. It was just so much fun playing in that atmosphere.”

The Sea Kings never trailed in the first set.

The score was 12-12 when Corona del Mar went on a 6-0 run, which wound up being too much for the Sailors to overcome.

The Sea Kings were ahead 14-9 in the second set when the Sailors went on a 7-2 run to tie the score. With Higgs serving, the Sailors went on a 6-0 run to pull away and tie the score of the match.

Corona del Mar dominated the third set, setting up a closely fought fourth set that featured seven ties and several long volleys.

The Sea Kings never led until Bryce Dvorak’s kill put them ahead 24-23.

Corona del Mar scored the winning point on a net violation by Newport Harbor.

“We had good practices,” Newport Harbor coach Rocky Ciarelli said. “We were ready to play. We just didn’t play well. They played a good match and they beat us.”

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