Southern Section

Saturday, Nov. 29




Division I

Los Alamitos d. Carlsbad La Costa Canyon 25-18,14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13
The match was closer than expected, but this win was supposed to earn the Griffins a rematch with Sunset League rival Anaheim Esperanza in Tuesday’s state Division I semifinal. But top-seeded Esperanza failed to cooperate. Poway’s sweep of host Esperanza means that Los Alamitos, which defeated Esperanza twice during the regular season, but lost to the Aztecs in the Southern Section Division I-AA title match two weeks ago, won’t get that last shot at redemption. Los Alamitos plays at Poway in Tuesday’s semifinal. Kara Uhl of Los Alamitos (26-9) had 14 kills, two aces and a block against La Costa Canyon. Her cross-court kill from the right side put Los Alamitos on top, 14-13, in the fifth game and middle blocker Alex Filkins got the game-winner with a block on Taylor Groess. La Costa Canyon, which lost to Poway in the San Diego Section Division I final, finished 31-6.
--Paul McLeod

Poway d. Esperanza, 25-22, 28-26, 25-22Esperanza finishes 32-3.


Mater Dei d. Newport Harbor, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 25-14
Mallorie Croal had 14 kills and Meghan Meehan came off the bench to notch seven kills and nine blocks for Mater Dei (34-3), which has won 22 of its past 23 matches.

Mira Costa d. Redondo, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16
Sydney Donahue had 14 kills and eight digs and Alix Klineman had 11 kills, eight digs and three blocks and Danielle Bowers had 24 assists for host Mira Costa (33-3), the Southern Section Division II-AA champion.


Santa Margarita d. Northwood, 25-16, 25-22, 29-27
Brianna Bowman had 15 kills and Dana Crary added 10 kills to lead host Santa Margarita (26-7). Northwood finishes 22-6.

San Diego University d. Bishop Montgomery, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23
Host Bishop Montgomery finishes 25-9.


Marymount d. San Diego Francis Parker, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-12
Stesha Selsky had 20 kills and 21 assists and Sue Carls had 10 kills for host and Southern Section Division IV-AA champion Marymount (35-1).

La Jolla Country Day d. Chowchilla, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18


Visalia Central Valley Christian d. Grace Brethren, 25-9, 25-11, 25-22



Grass Valley Nevada Union d. Brentwood Liberty, 25-13, 25-10, 25-13
Stockton Lincoln d. San Jose Piedmont Hills, 19-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-27, 15-6


San Jose Mitty d. Concord Carondelet 25-10, 25-10, 25-14
Los Gatos d. Danville San Ramon Valley 25-23, 25-19, 25-19


Mountain View St. Francis d. Sacramento St. Francis, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18
Larkspur Redwood d. San Jose Presentation 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22


Linden d. Salinas Notre Dame, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 25-22
Garden Valley Golden Sierra d. Napa Justin-Sienna, 22-25, 25-12, 26-24, 27-25

Tuesday, Nov. 25


First round



Los Alamitos d. Palisades, 25-10, 25-11, 25-10
Kara Uhl had 11 kills and seven aces and Geena Urango had 10 aces and five kills for visiting Los Alamitos (24-9), which needed only an hour to dispatch City Section champion Palisades (16-2).

Poway d. Chaparral, 26-24, 27-25, 16-25, 25-20
Esperanza d. Warren, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-12
Carlsbad La Costa Canyon d. Bakersfield Stockdale, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21


Mater Dei d. Visalia Mt. Whitney, 25-6, 25-12, 25-17
Despite winning three consecutive Southern Section titles, the Santa Ana Mater Dei girls’ volleyball team has yet to win a state championship in its numerous appearances in the season-ending tournament.

That made it important for Mater Dei to get off to a good start against visiting Visalia Mt. Whitney.

As it turned out, the Monarchs hardly broke a sweat as they methodically marched to a victory over an overmatched Mt. Whitney team that was the Central Section Division II runner-up.

It took less than an hour for Mater Dei (33-3) to sweep the Pioneers and advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday, when it will host Newport Harbor, which defeated San Diego Scripps Ranch, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15.

The Monarchs beat the Sailors in four games in a nonleague match this season.

Mater Dei Coach Craig Pazanti benched most of his starters midway through the second game, used 16 players in all, then said that even he was caught by surprise.

“What can I say?” he said. “I had no idea what to expect. It’s nice to get a win and get to Saturday. Less time in the gym, less swings is a plus. We’ll take this and use the time to rest.”

The top-seeded Monarchs set the tone early by taking a 9-0 lead in the first game and never looked back.

Junior outside hitter Mallorie Croal had 11 kills and two blocks before being lifted midway through the second game. She spent the remainder of the contest with an ice pack on her right shoulder as a precaution against inflammation.

Sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Pavlik recorded seven kills and four aces.

Mt. Whitney (25-7) got seven kills each from outside hitter Kim Wynn and middle blocker Brisa Berlin.
--Paul McLeod

Newport Harbor d. San Diego Scripps Ranch, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15
Allyson Jennings had 14 kills, 17 assists and two aces to lead visting and fourth-seeded Newport Harbor (26-6).

Redondo d. Bakersfield Centennial, 25-16, 25-21, 25-21
Rebecca Saraceno had 15 kills and four blocks and Sarah Stein added seven kills and five blocks to lead visiting Redondo (24-13), which advances to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for first time in school history. Third-seeded Centennial finishes 25-10.

Mira Costa d. Santee West Hills, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13, 25-12


Bishop Montgomery d. Porterville, 25-10, 25-14, 25-7
Angela Anderson had 17 kills and Kristen Castillo dished out 37 assists to lead host Bishop Montgomery (25-8).

Northwood d. Exeter, 25-19, 28-26, 22-25, 25-16
Lindsay Macias had 22 kills and five blocks and Jaci Bayley had 35 assists for visiting Northwood (23-5). The Timberwolves will play top-seeded Santa Margarita in the quarterfinals Saturday. It will be a rematch of last week’s Southern Section Division III-AA title game, which Santa Margarita won, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17. Fourth-seeded Exeter finishes 22-5.

Santa Margarita d. La Jolla, 25-9, 25-20, 25-12
Blair Socci had 15 kills and Brianna Bowman had 14 kills for host and top-seeded Santa Margarita (24-7).

San Diego Unversity d. Corona del Mar, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-9


Marymount d. Bakersfield Garces, 25-9, 22-25, 25-7, 25-5
Jaime Coffman had 19 kills and Betsy Cale added eight aces to lead host and top-seeded Marymount (35-1).

San Diego Francis Parker d. Brentwood, 18-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-13, 15-13
La Jolla Country Day d. Mary Star, 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-10
Chowchilla d. Notre Dame Academy, 25-23, 25-23, 15-25, 30-28


Reedley Immanuel d. Rio Hondo Prep, 25-12, 25-23, 25-12
Immanuel improves to 22-8. Rio Hondo Prep finishes 17-9.

Visalia Central Valley d. Coastal Christian, 25-12, 25-7, 25-17
Grace Brethren d. Vista Tri-City Christian, 25-22, 25-15, 25-13
Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian d. Laguna Blanca, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23



Liberty Brentwood d. Morgan Hill Live Oak 18-25, 25-23, 25-18, 13-25, 15-12
Stockton Lincoln d. San Francisco Lowell, 20-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16
San Jose Piedmont Hills d. Castro Valley, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21


San Jose Mitty d. Chico, 26-24, 25-14, 25-11
Concord Carondelet d. Chico Pleasant Valley, 17-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-13
Danville San Ramon Valley d. Fair Oaks Bella Vista, 25-19, 25-23, 25-17


Mountain View St. Francis d. Anderson, 15-14, 25-9, 25-12
Sacramento St. Francis d. Forestville El Molino, 25-18, 27-25, 14-25, 25-23
San Jose Presentation d. Redding Enterprise, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23


Salinas Notre Dame d. St. Helena, 25-10, 25-15, 25-15
Napa Justin-Siena d. Palo Alto Castilleja, 26-16, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21


San Francisco University d. Sunnyvale Kings Academy, 25-5, 25-14, 25-10
Mill Valley Marin Academy d. Dublin Valley Christian, 25-11, 25-18, 25-12