3 Southland Schools Win First Titles
Huntington Beach Marina made short work of three-time state champion San Jose Archbishop Mitty, winning the girls’ volleyball State Division I championship match, 15-9, 15-10, 15-9, at Cypress College Saturday.
Lindsay Phillips, the division’s most valuable player, had 21 kills and 14 digs and junior Chanda McLeod had 16 kills for Marina (22-2), which was making its first appearance in a state final.
Katie Keating added 11 kills and 17 digs for Marina, which played tough defense throughout the match to frustrate Archbishop Mitty (28-3).
Monique Tobbagi, who will attend Oregon, had 10 kills for Archbishop Mitty, which could never gain any momentum.
“They made so few mistakes,” Archbishop Mitty Coach Jason Curtis said. “It was tough to find any openings.”
Stacy Millichap had 17 kills and Niki Hartley had 14 kills and 14 digs as Mountain View St. Francis swept Santa Margarita, 15-12, 15-5, 15-3.
It was the third state title and fourth appearance in the final in the past five years for St. Francis (33-3).
Michelle Chambers had 15 kills for Santa Margarita (22-6).
Carissa Gough had 14 kills and division MVP Amy Knebel had nine kills and 15 digs to lead Huntington Beach Ocean View to its first state title with a 15-9, 12-15, 15-3, 15-9 victory over Forestville El Molino.
Shelby Jameson and Sharon Shelton each had 12 kills for Ocean View (22-1).
Rachel Avilla had 19 kills for El Molino (31-5), which last played in a state final in 1992.
Stacy Rowenhorst had 29 kills for Cerritos Valley Christian, which beat defending champion Linden, 15-6, 15-10, 13-15, 8-15, 15-9, to win its first state title.
Valley Christian finished 22-1.
Suzanne Stoneberger had 31 kills for Linden (28-5).
Janey Gruenstein had nine kills to help Reedley Immanuel defeat Alturas Modoc, 15-7, 15-13, 15-6.