Garden Grove rebounds to take down Kennedy in volleyball regionals

GARDEN GROVE – The Garden Grove boys volleyball team struggled on the big stage of the CIF-Southern Section Finals on Saturday.

Things turned around for the Argonauts on Tuesday night. Back on their campus, they defeated Kennedy of Granada Hills 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 25-11 in the first round of the CIF Southern California Division III Regionals.

The Argonauts were paced by Brandon Nguyen, who had a team-high 16 kills, and Peselao Gauta, who finished with 11 kills.

Garden Grove (19-10), coming off being swept by Diamond Ranch in the CIF-SS Division 5 final, got off to a sluggish start and quickly was down 7-0 in the opening set. The Argonauts trailed by as many as eight points before they began to chip away at their deficit.

Garden Grove coach Frankie Perales was impressed by his team’s ability to shake off its first-set woes and beat a team that won back-to-back L.A,. City section championships.

“We were able to fight back (from trailing 9-1) and we were telling them we gotta get one point at a time,” Perales said. “Once we regrouped, we just caught fire on every single point.”

The Argonauts found a way to neutralize the the Golden Cougars’ attack, led by Marvin Giron and Christopher Chao, with their duo of Nguyen and Gauta. They tied the first set at 21-21 before taking it 25-23.

It was all Garden Grove after that, as they took the second set from the Golden Cougars (21-18) with ease.

Kennedy coach John Maluyo credited the Argonauts middles with the turnaround in the first set.

“They’re quick and rebounded quickly,” Maluyo said. “We really weren’t prepared for that type of action.”

Garden Grove will travel to Murrieta Valley on Thursday for a Division III regional semifinal at 7 p.m.

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CIF SoCal girls volleyball playoffs: Saturday’s scores, state finals schedule

Saturday’s scores from the CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships and the schedule for the state finals.


Regional finals
Open Division
Mater Dei def. Torrey Pines, 29-27, 25-15, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11
Division I
Santa Margarita def. San Juan Hills, 25-16, 25-13, 23-25, 25-14
Division II
Sierra Canyon def. La Salle, 16-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-10
Division III
Point Loma def. St. Paul, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23
Division IV
Rancho Bernardo def. Foothill Tech, 27-25, 25-13, 25-20
Division V
Maranatha Christian def. Glendale Adventist, 23-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-14

at Santiago Canyon College
Friday, Dec. 1
Division V: Maranatha Christian vs. San Marin, 4 p.m.
Division I: Santa Margarita vs. Logan/Union City, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Division IV: Rancho Bernardo vs. Presentation/San Jose, 11 a.m.
Division III: Point Loma vs. Lincoln.San Francisco, 1:30 p.m.
Division II: Sierra Canyon vs. Sacred Heart Prep/Atherton, 4 p.m.
Open Division: Mater Dei vs. Mitty/San Jose, 6:30 p.m.

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Girls volleyball CIF SoCal Regional playoffs: Saturday’s scores, semifinals schedule

The girls volleyball scores from Saturday’s games in the CIF Southern California Regionals and the updated schedule for the semifinals.


Open Division
Regional semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Redondo at Torrey Pines
Marymount at Mater Dei

Division I
Saturday, Nov. 18, quarterfinals
Santa Margarita def. Santiago/Corona, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15
Bishop’s def. Liberty/Bakersfield, 25-14, 25-22, 25-20
San Juan Hills def. Garces/Bakersfield, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 26-24
Long Beach Poly def. La Costa Canyon, 22-25, 25-19, 25-13, 26-24

Regional semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Bishop’s at Santa Margarita
San Juan Hills at Long Beach Poly

Division II
Saturday, Nov. 18, quarterfinals
Sierra Canyon def. Culver City, 25-18, 25-13, 25-20
Sage Hill def. Crean Lutheran, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15
Olympian/Chula Vista def. Westridge, 18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24
La Salle def. Del Norte/San Diego , 25-18, 25-21, 25-18

Regional semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Sage Hill at Sierra Canyon
Olympian at La Salle

Division III
Saturday, Nov. 18, quarterfinals
Point Loma def. Quartz Hill, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17
La Reina def. Mission Oak, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22
Poway def. Sonora, 25-20, 25-16, 25-15
St. Paul def. Loma Linda Academy, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21

Regional semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
La Reina at Point Loma
Poway at St. Paul

Division IV
Saturday, Nov. 18, quarterfinals
University City def. Colony, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-18
Foothill Tech def. Pacific Ridge, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13
Rancho Bernardo def. Helix, 17-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
Heritage Christian def. Archer, 25-11, 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 19-17

Regional semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Foothill Tech at University City
Heritage Christian at Rancho Bernardo

Division V
Saturday, Nov. 18, quarterfinals
Glendale Adventist def. Maywood, 25-15, 25-10, 25-13
Carnegie def. Santa Clarita Christian, 18-25, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 15-12
California City def. Central City, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23
Maranatha Christian def. Faith Baptist, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18

Regional semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Carnegie at Glendale Adventist
California City at Maranatha Christian

Regional finals, all divisions: Saturday, Nov. 25
State championships: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, at Santiago Canyon College

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CIF-SS boys volleyball playoffs: Updated schedule, Saturday’s scores

The CIF-SS boys volleyball schedule for the semifinals on Wednesday, plus the scores from Saturday’s games.


Semifinals, Wednesday, 7 p.m. unless noted
Newport Harbor at Loyola
Oak Park at Corona del Mar, 6 p.m.

Quarterfinals, Saturday
Loyola def. Beckman, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23
Newport Harbor def. Westlake, 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 15-8
Corona del Mar def Laguna Beach, 25-13, 21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12
Oak Park def. Huntington Beach, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21

Semifinals, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
South Torrance at Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks
Laguna Hills at Calabasas

Quarterfinals, Saturday
South Torrance def. Long Beach Wilson, 26-24, 25-17, 25-18
Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks def. El Segundo, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20
Calabasas def. Quartz Hill, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23
Laguna Hills def. Santa Monica, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-11

Semifinals, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Cypress at Vista Murrieta
Bishop Montgomery at Crean Lutheran

Quarterfinals, Saturday
Cypress def. Channel Islands, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18
Vista Murrieta def. Arroyo Grande, 17-25, 25-17, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12
Crean Lutheran def. Paraclete, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20
Bishop Montgomery def. Tustin, 28-26, 25-21, 25-20

Semifinals, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Downey at Katella
St. Margaret’s at Kennedy

Quarterfinals, Saturday
Katella def. Los Altos, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10
Downey def. La Quinta/Westminster, 27-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-19
Kennedy/La Palma def. California, 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14
St. Margaret’s def. Perris, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12

Semifinals, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Cerritos at West Valley
Riverside Poly at La Serna

Quarterfinals, Saturday
Cerritos def. Woodcrest Christian, 26-24, 25-15, 25-5
West Valley def. Orange, 25-18, 16-25, 25-21, 25-14
Riverside Poly def. Santa Monica Pacifica Christian, 25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13
La Serna def. San Gabriel Academy, 17-25, 25-1, 25-22, 25-22

Upcoming schedule:
Championships: May 20 at Cerritos College

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