Tarbut V’Torah girls volleyball team outlasts United Christian to win Division 9 title

ONTARIO — Tarbut V’Torah girls volleyball coach Derek Tran said his heart probably skipped a few beats during the final point.

The ball went back and forth over the net for more than minute before freshman outside hitter Maya Coblentz-Brown registered her 31st kill to lift the Lions to a 16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 17-25, 15-13 victory over top-seeded United Christian Academy in the CIF Southern Section Division 9 title match Saturday at Colony High School.

The epic rally was one of the defining moments in Tarbut V’Torah capturing the program’s first section title.

“I think I lost a couple years of my life in this match,” said Tran, who is in his first year in charge of the program. “We told them that it wasn’t going to be easy tonight. But anything worth winning is going to take a lot of work, and that is exactly what these girls have done to reach this moment.”

Coblentz-Brown had two kills early in the deciding set to help Tarbut V’Torah take a 7-3 lead, but United Christian tied the score at 8. Coblentz-Brown had another kill and an ace to help the Lions (12-2) reach match point at 14-11. United Christian staved off a pair of match points, but the Eagles could not do it a third time. Coblentz-Brown hit a looping shot from the back row that fell to the floor to set off a celebration on the court.

“I wanted to make sure to get the point, but I also was a little scared because I didn’t want to make a mistake,” Coblentz-Brown said. “We all just started celebrating. Honestly, that is one of the greatest moments of my life.”

United Christian (21-2) got off to a strong start in a match that started at 8:30 p.m. Aviana Langston served up three aces to spark a 9-0 run that gave the Eagles a 15-5 advantage in the opening set. Tarbut V’Torah tried to fight back, but a slew of errors prevented that from happening and allowed United Christian to take the first set.

Tarbut V’Torah cleaned things up during the second set and led 11-5 after back-to-back aces by senior setter and captain Ava Kurtz. United Christian cut the deficit to two points, but Coblentz-Brown had four kills down the stretch to help the Lions close out the set and level the match. United Christian had few answers for Coblentz-Brown, who continued to have a hot hand in the third set. She recorded 10 of her kills in that game to help Tarbut V’Torah pull ahead.

“She came from the East Coast to play big-time volleyball here on the West Coast,” Tran said. “I just told her to have some fun tonight… And once she settled down and got into a rhythm, she really was able to carry us on offense.”

Tarbut V’Torah had a 12-7 lead in the fourth set, but another spate of errors by the Lions opened up the door for United Christian. The Lions had four aces, including a set-clincher by Arabella Brouwer, to force a decisive fifth set.

Kurtz had a rough fourth set, as she was whistled for four ball-handling errors. Tran talked to his setter before the start of the fifth set, and told Kurtz to keep her head up because the team would follow her.

“I had to be confident going back out there and be a leader for my team,” Kurtz said. “We knew if we played out best, we could get it done.”

United Christian coach Micah Langston was disappointed with the loss but was proud of his team’s fight until  the very end.

“In that fourth set, I called a time out because I could see their demeanor was not looking good,” Langston said. “I told them we can keep playing this way and go home early, or we can battle back and try to win this in five.”

Elizabeth Markham finished with 15 kills for Tarbut V’Torah, and Coblentz-Brown also had a team-high aces.

Marissa Heimbaugh and Sienna Snawder registered 12 and 10 kills respectively to lead the way for United Christian. Aviana Langston had five aces for the Eagles, and Heimbaugh and Snawder each added three aces.

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CIF-SS girls volleyball: Scores from Saturday’s championship games

Scores from the CIF-SS girls volleyball championship games Saturday.

CIF-SS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS

Championships

Saturday

Division 1: Marymount def. Mater Dei, 27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23

Division 2: Aliso Niguel def. Huntington Beach, 27-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21

Division 3: El Toro wins by forfeit. (JSerra removed from playoffs for rule violation.)

Division 4: Alemany def. Oaks Christian, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7

Division 5: Torrance def. Chino Hills,26-24, 26-28, 23-25, 30-28, 15-7

Division 6: Santa Barbara def. El Rancho, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19

Division 7: Bishop Diego def. Capistrano Valley Christian, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20

Division 8: Santa Clarita Christian def. Da Vinci, 25-9, 14-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11

Division 9: Tarbut V’Torah def. United Christian, 3-2 (game scores not reported)

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CIF-SS girls volleyball playoffs: Monday’s scores, finals matchups


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CIF-SS GIRLS  VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS

MONDAY RESULTS

Semifinals

DIVISION 3

JSerra def. Etiwanda 25-17, 25-16, 29-27

DIVISION 7

Capistrano Valley Christian def. Hillcrest, 3-2 (scores not reported)

DIVISION 9

Tarbut V’Torah def. Avalon, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Saturday, Nov. 6

All games start 6 p.m. unless noted

Division 1: Marymount vs. Mater Dei at Mira Costa HS

Division 2: Aliso Niguel at Huntington Beach

Division 3: El Toro at JSerra

Division 4: Alemany at Oaks Christian

Division 5: Chino Hills at Torrance

Division 6: El Rancho at Santa Barbara

Division 7: Capistrano Valley Christian at Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara

Division 8: Santa Clarita Christian at Da Vinci

Division 9: Tarbut V’Torah at United Christian of Rancho Cucamonga

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‘Battle-tested’ Aliso Niguel girls volleyball beats La Salle in five-set thriller to reach CIF-SS finals


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ALISO VIEJO >> Aliso Niguel girls volleyball coach Richie Whiting has no doubts about her team when the stakes are the highest and the moments are the biggest.

The Wolverines outlasted La Salle in a back-and-forth, five-set match Saturday night at Aliso Niguel High in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals, winning 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12, to clam a spot in the final.

Top-seeded Aliso Niguel (25-4) will face Huntington Beach in the championship match Saturday Nov. 6. It will be the Wolverines’ first trip to the finals since 2014, when they defeated Santiago of Corona.

“We’ve been battle-tested, I don’t know if they (La Salle) have or have not, but I know that we have,” Whiting said, “and I know when it comes to those moments, we’re totally capable of keeping it together and playing as a team.”

The final set was a tense affair with both teams taking turns holding the lead. La Salle (25-5) took an early 3-1 lead in the final set and then Aliso Niguel answered back and took an 8-6 advantage before Ashley Li helped the Lancers score the next three points for a 9-8 lead.

The Wolverines came back again to go up 11-10, but USC-committed Dani Thomas-Nathan responded and La Salle took a brief 12-11 lead before Aliso Niguel seized the next four points for the victory.

“I think, as usual, my team showed a lot of character, they have all year.” Whiting said. “They find a way to just not ever let up and so even when we lose, we’re always giving it our all.”

“I had a feeling if they just stayed patient and we got to run our offense, we just had a little bit more options for them to deal with,” Whiting continued. “We knew we had to deal with their insane outside hitters, but they had to deal with our middles and our right sides and our setter, so I just felt if we could get our passing going, we would be OK.”

The Lancers’ outside hitters included Ashley Li, who had a game-high 19 kills, and Thomas-Nathan, who finished with 17 kills.

Li and Thomas-Nathan looked primed to help La Salle reach the CIF volleyball finals for the first time since 2017, but in the fifth set the Lancers committed four service errors that led to their downfall.

“We all said it’s going to be a serve and pass game,” La Salle coach Shari Iwatani said. “Pound for pound, we were pretty even, it really just came down to serving and passing.”

Kendra Duffey had a team-high 11 kills for Aliso Niguel, middle blocker Brooke Pattschull had eight kills and five blocks while Eva Travis added seven kills and three aces.

La Salle was able to snatch control of the match early by using Thomas-Nathan on the outside with her thunderous swings and took the first set 25-21.

Aliso Niguel responded with a complete effort in the second set. The Wolverines got three aces from Nicole Feliciano, great net protection from Pattschull and good attacks from Duffey and Travis to win 25-15.

Thomas-Nathan paced the Lancers offense in the third set with eight kills and La Salle pulled away for a 25-22 win before Aliso Niguel forced a fifth set and eventually won the match.

 

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CIF-SS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS

DIVISION 1

Semifinals, Saturday

Marymount def. Mira Costa, 25-20, 25-9, 25-18

Mater Dei def. Vista Murrieta, 25-19, 25-14, 25-22

DIVISION 2

Semifinals, Saturday

Aliso Niguel def. La Salle, 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12

Huntington Beach def. Palos Verdes, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22

DIVISION 3

Semifinal, Saturday

El Toro def. Mission Viejo, 25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 25-22

Semifinal, Monday, 6 p.m.

Etiwanda at JSerra

DIVISION 4

Semifinals, Saturday

Oaks Christian def. Chaminade, 25-23, 23-25, 16-25, 25-14, 15-10

Alemany def. Saugus, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21

DIVISION 5

Semifinals, Saturday

Torrance def. Oxnard, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18

Chino Hills def. Mayfield, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23

DIVISION 6

Semifinals, Saturday

Santa Barbara def. South Hills, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19

El Rancho def. Irvine, 25-17, 25-18, 26-24

DIVISION 7

Semifinal, Saturday

Bishop Diego def. St. Monica, 25-18, 25-20, 25-13

Semifinal, Monday, 6 p.m.

Hillcrest at Capistrano Valley Christian

DIVISION 8

Semifinals, Saturday

Santa Clarita Christian def. Big Bear, 25-10, 25-17, 25-18

Da Vinci def. Pacifica Christian/NB, 25-19, 25-27, 25-22, 25-23

DIVISION 9

Semifinal, Saturday

United Christian def. Pacifica Christian/SM, 17-25, 25-8, 25-20, 25-16

Semifinal, Monday, 1 p.m.

Avalon at Tarbut V’Torah

Championships, Saturday, Nov. 6

Division 1: Marymount vs. Mater Dei at Mira Costa HS

Division 2: Aliso Niguel at Huntington Beach

Division 3: El Toro vs. TBD (Etiwanda or JSerra)

Division 4: Alemany at Oaks Christian

Division 5: Chino Hills at Torrance

Division 6: El Rancho at Santa Barbara

Division 7: Bishop Diego vs. TBD (Capistrano Valley Christian or Hillcrest)

Division Santa Clarita Christian at Da Vinci

Division 9: United Christian vs. TBD (Tarbut V’Torah or Avalon)

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Nathan-Thomas leads the way as La Salle girls volleyball tops Beckman in Division 2 quarterfinals

PASADENA >> Those close to the La Salle girls volleyball program know that when senior outside hitter Dani Thomas-Nathan has an intense expression on her face, it is a sign that she is about to take over a match.

On Wednesday night, she had “the look.”

Nathan-Thomas, who will be playing her collegiate volleyball at USC, had a starring role in the host Lancers’ 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22 win over Beckman (25-10) in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals.

The Lancers not only punched their ticket to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will take on top-seeded Aliso Niguel, they also secured a spot in the CIF State Tournament.

  • La Salle celebrates defeating Beckman 3 games to 1 to win the Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Holly Rettig #10 of La Salle shoots against Brianna Dixon #18 of Beckman and teammate Chloe Bristow #15 of Beckman in the first game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Chloe Bristow #15 of Beckman scores against La Salle in the first game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Brianna Dixon #18 of Beckman shoots against La Salle in the first game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Hailey Patino #1 of La Salle reacts after scoring against Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Isabella Marrero #4 of La Salle returns a ball against Beckman as teammate Hailey Patino #1 of La Salle looks on in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Chloe Bristow #15 of Beckman shoots against La Salle in the first game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle cheer on their team against Beckman in the first game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Victoria Turner #1 of Beckman reacts after scoring against La Salle as teammate Camryn Hayek #7 and Brianna Dixon #18 of Beckman looks on in the second game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle scores past Emerson Wilford #17 of Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Hailey Patino #1 of La Salle looks on against Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle celebrates defeating Beckman 3 games to 1 to win the Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle celebrates defeating Beckman 3 games to 1 to win the Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Avery Ward #15 of La Salle serves against Beckman in the third game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Victoria Turner #1 of Beckman reacts after scoring against La Salle as teammate Camryn Hayek #7 of Beckman looks on in the second game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Avery Ward #15 of La Salle dives for the shot against Beckman in the third game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle bench reacts after scoring against Beckman in the third game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Darin McBain of Beckman looks toward the score board against La Salle in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle scores past Emerson Wilford #17 of Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Shari Iwatani of La Salle looks on against Beckman in the third game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • La Salle celebrates defeating Beckman 3 games to 1 to win the Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Ava Alvarado #2 of La Salle returns a ball against Beckman as teammate Avery Ward #15 of La Salle looks on in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Mikayla Hsieh #7 of La Salle returns a shot against Beckman in the third game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Avery Ward #15 of La Salle colorful shoes against Beckman during s Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Chloe Bristow #15 of Beckman looks on with teammates against La Salle late in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Holly Rettig #10 of La Salle dives for the ball against Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Isabella Marrero #4 of La Salle dives for the ball against Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Isabella Marrero #6 of La Salle dives for the ball against Beckman in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Chloe Bristow #15 of Beckman looks on against La Salle in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Darin McBain of Beckman looks on late in the fourth game of a Division 2 Quarterfinal volleyball match against La Salle at La Salle High School in Pasadena on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. La Salle won in four games. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

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“When I play volleyball, I have no thoughts and I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing,” said Thomas-Nathan, who had a game-high 22 kills which included seven in the final set. “In my thinking, if I overthink it then I’m going to mess up. I know that I put in the work in practice so that I get stuff done, I let my body do what it needs to do.”

The Lancers appreciate that Thomas-Nathan’s leadership has played a pivotal role in the team’s success.

“She is a very passionate player,” said Lancers junior outside hitter Ashley Li, who contributed 15 kills. “When it comes to games like this, she is super competitive. When she says, get out of her way, you get out of her way.”

For La Salle coach Shari Iwatani, Thomas-Nathan’s passion plays right into her wheelhouse.

“I love it,” Iwatani said. “I try to get her amped up before the game starts so that fire is there.”

Beckman has a star player in senior outside hitter Emerson Wilford, who is committed to Wichita State. She had a team-high 16 kills, three blocks, and two aces.

Unlike its second-round win over Cypress, La Salle (24-4) started fast by grabbing a 6-0 lead. The Lancers withstood a rally from the Patriots in the middle stages, and won the final two points to win the first set, 25-18.

Wilford had five kills, and Chloe Bristow and Casey Chesterman each delivered well-timed serving aces that propelled Beckman to win the second set 25-19.

The third set was tightly played with neither team able to gain serious momentum for most of the set. The Lancers went on a 3-0 run late in the set and prevailed, 25-19.

It appeared the Lancers were well on their way to an easy win in the fourth set, opening a 20-9 advantage. However, the Patriots unleashed a furious late rally with Wilford converting six kills along with several key blocks that cut the lead to 23-20.

The comeback came up short as the Lancers were able to pull out the win and advance.

“Half of our team is experienced, the other half is inexperienced,” Iwatani said. “In our first playoff game, the kids didn’t know what to expect. They play big roles and they learned. That was the difference from last week to (Wednesday).”

In other girls quarterfinal matches Wednesday:

Mayfield 3, Redlands 2: The Cubs won the first two sets, lost the next two sets before narrowly prevailing in a Division 5 quarterfinal. Junior Annalise Rising led the way with 24 kills and Maddie Kaufman added 28 digs.

South Hills 3, West Valley 0: The Huskies advanced to the Division 6 semifinals with a straight-set road win over the Mustangs. Junior outside hitter Mia Delahoussaye led the way with 11 kills and two solo blocks. Mia Moore contributed nine kills and two solo blocks.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Division 2

#4 La Salle def. Beckman, 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22

Division 4

#1 Chaminade def. Los Altos 25-22, 25-15, 25-17

Oaks Christian def. Arcadia 25-16, 27-25, 25-11

Division 5

#2 Mayfield def. Redlands 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 15-12

Division 6

#4 South Hills def. West Valley 25-17, 25-17, 25-21

El Rancho def. Oakwood, 3-0

#1 Santa Barbara def. California 25-19, 25-16, 25-20

SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE

Saturday

(All games start at 6 p.m.)

Division 2

#4 La Salle (24-4) at #1 Aliso Niguel (24-4)

Division 5

#2 Mayfield (30-10) at #3 Chino Hills (17-13)

Division 6

#4 South Hills (17-7) at #1 Santa Barbara (18-3)

Irvine (10-12) at El Rancho (24-7)

 

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CIF-SS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS

Saturday’s results and updated schedule

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Village Christian at Mira Costa

Lakewood at Vista Murrieta

Sierra Canyon at Mater Dei

DIVISION 2

Second round, Saturday

Aliso Niguel def. Rancho Cucamonga, 3 games to 1 (Scores not reported)

Laguna Beach def. Great Oak, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17

Beckman def. Temecula Valley, 25-16, 25-19, 25-17

La Salle def. Cypress, 22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14, 15-12

Huntington Beach def. Hart, 25-13, 25-12, 25-22

Tesoro def. Chaparral, 29-27 ,24-26, 25-23, 25-15

Ontario Christian def. Foothill, 25-19, 25-22, 25-14

Palos Verdes def. Bishop Montgomery, 25-16, 27-29, 25-18, 25-15

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Laguna Beach at Aliso Niguel

Beckman at La Salle

Tesoro at Huntington Beach

Palos Verdes at Ontario Christian

DIVISION 3

Second round, Saturday

Newport Harbor def. Los Osos, 25-22, 25-13, 25-16

Mission Viejo def. South Torrance, 25-17, 27-25, 25-20

Corona Santiago def. San Marcos, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15

El Toro def. West Ranch, 25-12, 26-24, 25-19

Orange Lutheran def. Millikan, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20

Etiwanda def. Norco, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23

Upland def. Edison, 25-23, 10-25, 25-20, 25-14

JSerra def. King, 3-1 (Scores not reported)

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Newport Harbor at Mission Viejo

El Toro at Corona Santiago

Orange Lutheran at Etiwanda

JSerra at Upland

DIVISION 4

Second round, Saturday

Chaminade def. Thousand Oaks, 20-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-13

Los Altos def. Yucaipa, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10

Arcadia def. Walnut, 3-2 (Scores not reported)

Oaks Christian def. Troy, 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21

Alemany def. Palm Desert, 25-21, 25-9, 33-31

El Segundo def. University, 3-2 (Scores not reported)

Saugus def. Newbury Park, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22

Serrano d, Dos Pueblos, 19-25, 25-22, 31-29, 19-25, 15-12

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Chaminade at Los Altos

Oaks Christian at Arcadia

El Segundo at Alemany

Serrano at Saugus

DIVISION 5

Second round, Saturday

Torrance def. San Dimas, 25-21, 25-17, 29-27

Schurr def. Downey, 25-21, 25-13, 25-16

Crean Lutheran def. Buckley, 3-0 (Scores not reported)

Oxnard def. Western Christian, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18

Chino Hills def. Laguna Hills, 25-14, 25-11, 25-19

Warren def. Bishop Amat, 25-12, 25-20, 25-15

Redlands d, Campbell Hall, 25-23, 25-21, 25-16

Mayfield def. Summit, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 27-25

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Schurr at Torrance

Crean Lutheran at Oxnard

Warren at Chino Hills

Redlands at Mayfield

DIVISION 6

Second round, Saturday

Santa Barbara def. Riverside Poly, 23-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-23

California def. Sacred Heart, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13

West Valley def. Katella, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19

South Hills def. Don Lugo, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22

El Rancho def. Mayfair, 25-14, 23-25, 25-10, 25-18

Oakwood def. San Jacinto, 3-0 (Scores not reported)

Barstow def. Ocean View, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23

Irvine def. Beaumont, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 15-8

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Santa Barbara at California, 4 p.m.

South Hills at West Valley

Oakwood at El Rancho

Barstow at Irvine

DIVISION 7

Second round, Saturday

Capistrano Valley Christian def. Jurupa Valley, 25-12, 25-10, 25-10

Coachella Valley def. Highland, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 26-24

Lancaster def. St. Bernard, 3-2 (Scores not reported)

Hillcrest def. Kaiser, 25-15, 25-23, 25-11

Costa Mesa def. Trinity Classical, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23

La Sierra at St. Monica, Monday, 5 p.m.

Indio def. Estancia, 3-0 (Scores not reported)

Bishop Diego def. Northview, 25-22, 25-13, 25-14

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Capistrano Valley Christian at Coachella Valley

Hillcrest at Lancaster

Costa Mesa vs. TBD

Bishop Diego at Indio

DIVISION 8

Second round, Saturday

Santa Clarita Christian def. Western, 25-8, 25-15, 25-8

Rancho Alamitos def. Vista del Lago, 23-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-23

Temecula Prep def. CAMS, 3-0 (Scores not reported)

Big Bear def. Nogales, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 28-26

Pacifica Christian/NB def. Santa Clara, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16

Fairmont Prep def. Thacher, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10

Moreno Valley def. Bassett, 18-25, 29-27, 18-25, 25-18, 15-5

Da Vinci def. San Gabriel Academy, 25-10, 28-26, 25-16

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Rancho Alamitos at Santa Clarita Christian

Temecula Prep at Big Bear

Pacifica Christian/NB at Fairmont Prep

Da Vinci at Moreno Valley

DIVISION 9

Second round, Saturday

United Christian def. Ganesha, 25-21, 25-12, 25-17

Silver Valley def. St. Jeanne de Lestonnac, 21-25, 24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 15-8

Pacifica Christian/SM def. Excelsior, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16, 25-22

La Verne Lutheran def. San Jacinto Valley Academy, 25-15, 29-27, 25-20

Eisenhower at Tarbut V’Torah, Monday, 6 p.m.

Lakeside def. Pilibos, 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 115-6

California Lutheran def. Academy of Academic Excellence, 25-23, 25-10, 30-28

Avalon def. Packinghouse Christian, 25-13, 25-10, 25-20

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Silver Valley at United Christian

Pacifica Christian/SM at La Verne Lutheran

Lakeside vs. TBD

California Lutheran at Avalon

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San Clemente knocks off Aliso Niguel to win share of South Coast League girls volleyball title

SAN CLEMENTE >> The Aliso Niguel and San Clemente girls volleyball teams came into their final match of the regular season on Wednesday at San Clemente High School in first and second place, respectively, in the South Coast League.

Not only did San Clemente win in four sets, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, to force a first-place tie with the Wolverines, the Tritons also won a coin toss held immediately after the match and will enter the playoffs as the league’s top seed.

Here is the final point from San Clemente’s victory over Aliso Niguel tonight that gave the Tritons a share of the South Coast League girls volleyball title.
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Both teams are in the CIF-SS Division 1/2 group. They will find out Saturday, when the pairings are released at 10 a.m., which of those divisions they were placed in for the playoffs.

The Tritons (24-9, 7-1) and Wolverines (21-4, 7-1) split their two league meetings with each team winning in their home gym.

“We didn’t change the scouting or the game plan, but we just executed so, so perfectly tonight,” San Clemente coach Casey Swenson explained. “We committed to serving a little bit tougher and be a little more aggressive.”

The Tritons seemed to score almost at will from the right side with 6-foot-2 senior Audrey Della Vedova and 6-foot junior Lily Dwinell doing most of the scoring from that spot.

Dwinell led the Tritons with 17 kills and Vedova had nine kills and a block.


San Clemente’s Lily Dwinell, left, and Audrey Della Vedova each played a big role in the Triton’s victory over Aliso Niguel on Wednesday, Oct. 13. (Photo by Lou Ponsi, Contributor)

Senior Abigail Brown dominated the middle for the Tritons with 16 kills and four blocks.

The Wolverines, ranked No. 7 in Division 1/2 this week, were focused on defending the middle against Brown, which allowed Dwinell and Vedova to score from the right side, Tritons coach Casey Swenson said.

“She is a three-year varsity player,” Swenson said of Brown. “She was just a warrior tonight. She is a really, really fierce competitor. She is the one who drives everything.”

Kendra Duffy had 12 kills and Brooke Pattschull had six blocks for the Wolverines.

In the first set, the Tritons opened a 21-10 lead.

The Wolverines manage to close the gap a bit, but the deficit was simply too big to overcome.

Aliso Niguel trailed by six late in the second set but went on a 10-2 run down the stretch to win the set and tie the match.

The third set was close until the Tritons opened a 20-12 lead.

Once again, the Wolverines closed the gap, outscoring the Tritons 7-5 down the stretch, before falling short again.

The score was tied 10 times in the fourth set before Dwinell and Vedova scored key points at the end to give the Tritons just enough of a cushion to hold off the Wolverines.

“Their defense was really good the first time we played them and even better the second time we played them,” Aliso Niguel coach Richelle Whiting said. “Their blocking was unreal. They showed up. They talked about it all week that they were going to beat us and they put their money where their mouth was.”

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Newport Harbor girls volleyball sweeps Edison to go unbeaten in Wave League

NEWPORT BEACH >> The Newport Harbor girls volleyball team swept visiting Edison, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, on Tuesday to complete a perfect run through the Wave League.

Quinn Perry led the Sailors (24-7 overall, 6-0 league) with 13 kills, and Emma Fults added seven kills. Kate Bland and Tegan Glenn dished out 20 and 10 assists, respectively, while Laine Briggs anchored the Sailors’ defense with nine.

The Sailors defeated the Chargers in four games in their league game Sept. 23, but they needed another win Tuesday to claim the Wave title outright.

“I think that the first matchup, we weren’t very consistent,” Perry said. “With this game, I think that we were just a lot more focused on every pass, every ball.”

Newport Harbor was coming off an impressive third-place finish this past weekend at the Redondo Molten Power Classic.

The best chance for Edison (17-16, 4-2) to win a set came in set one. Early on, the Chargers led 7-3 after two consecutive service aces from Allison Lytle and their lead was 14-11 following a Sailors service error.

Newport Harbor then used a 7-2 run to go up 18-16, and following that run Perry put down three straight kills to make it 21-16. Eventually, Newport Harbor took the opening set off a block from Emma Coatsworth.

“I thought they (Edison) came out really well, they were serving tough and putting some pressure on us,” Newport Harbor coach Andrew Mabry said. “It just took us a minute to get going.”

The Sailors never trailed in the second set and wound up winning 25-15. In the third set, they turned a 5-3 deficit into a 10-5 lead with a 7-0 run. The lead ballooned to 16-8, but the Chargers used a 4-0 run to pull within 16-12.

That was as close as Edison got, as Newport Harbor maintained its lead and closed the match with a kill from Fults.

A kill by Emma Fults gives Newport Harbor set 3 25-18 and the match over Edison. The Sailors are the 2021 outright Wave League champion, as we’ll see them and the Chargers in the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs next week. @ocvarsity pic.twitter.com/HIKi5MPuom

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“Overall, we’ve been working with this mindset of improving as much as much as we can with our youth,” Edison co-coach Colleen Burke said. “We felt we played well this match, just a couple things weren’t in our favor.”

Adia McCown led Edison with six kills while Molly McCluskey added three kills. Ashley Finch distributed 14 assists while Natalia Brandlin registered three blocks.

Both teams automatically qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs, which start next week, by finishing first and second in the Wave League. They will both be in CIF-SS Division 3 for the playoffs, and Newport Harbor could be the No. 1 seed. It is ranked No. 1 in Division 3 this week.

The playoff brackets will be released Saturday at 10 a.m.

 

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Newport Harbor girls volleyball earns ‘huge win’ over Edison in Wave League


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HUNTINGTON BEACH — In a battle between the top two teams in the Wave League girls volleyball standings, Newport Harbor used 18 service aces to defeat Edison in four sets, 25-5, 12-25, 25-14, 25-16, on Thursday at Edison High School.

The victory gave the Sailors (15-5, 3-0), who are ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3, sole possession of first place in the standings. The Chargers, who are ranked No. 9 in Division 3, dropped to 2-1 in league and 14-14 overall.

Quinn Perry led the Sailors with 14 kills while Anne O’Brien added nine kills.

“It’s a huge win,” Sailors coach Andrew Mabry said. “The girls did a really good job tonight, played very aggressive in a tough environment, and I thought we did a good job of handling the situation tonight.”

Both teams made timely scoring runs during the match.

In the first set, Newport Harbor used a 7-0 run to build an 8-2 lead, due mostly to strong serving from Laine Briggs, who had four service aces. The Sailors closed opening the set with a 14-1 run.

Newport Harbor caps off a 6-0 run courtesy of a Megan Burns service ace to take set 1 from Edison 25-5. The Sailors lead the match 1-0, totaling 7 service aces in that set. pic.twitter.com/lP0KjuQZLX

— Teran Rodriguez (@TeranRodriguez1) September 24, 2021

Edison matched Newport Harbor’s toughness from the serving line in set two. Maya Shihadeh’s serving helped her team build a 4-0 lead that eventually grew to a 16-6 lead. The Sailors got no closer than six, as the Chargers closed the set on an 8-1 run to knot the match at 1-1.

Edison caps off a 6-0 run to run away with set 2, winning 25-12 and evening the match at 1-1.

Maya Shihadeh (the one serving) was the one doing most of the damage for the Chargers when it came to serving. pic.twitter.com/gYjO5Xc1FL

— Teran Rodriguez (@TeranRodriguez1) September 24, 2021

Newport Harbor led 9-5 in set three when it won a long rally and then registered an ace on the next point to go up 11-5. The Sailors used an 8-2 run to eventually run away with the set and retake control of the match.

After conceding the first points of set four, Newport Harbor reeled off 14 of the next 19 points to go up 14-6. The Chargers were never able to put any pressure on the Sailors after that. Timely kills from Perry and O’Brien and strong serving helped Newport Harbor take the set and the match.

“We have to pass the ball better to actually have a better offense,” Edison co-coach Trent Jackson said. “We got to fight a little harder in hitter coverage and being scrappy.”

Sammy Wood led Edison in kills with eight while Summer Witherby and Adia McCown had six and five kills, respectively.

A kill from Anne O’Brien gives Newport Harbor set 4 25-16 and the match over Edison. The Sailors are all alone in first place at 3-0 at the halfway point of Wave League play with the Chargers right behind them at 2-1. @ocvarsity pic.twitter.com/yA0ukWCRj1

— Teran Rodriguez (@TeranRodriguez1) September 24, 2021

The two teams will meet again on Oct. 12 at Newport Harbor.

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