Friday, Nov. 19
FINALSan Pedro d. Venice, 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 21-25, 15-7
Three of the teams that made it to the semifinals of this year’s City Section Championship division of the girls’ volleyball playoffs were from the Marine League, but in the end, it was the least-regarded of the three that finished with its head above water.
Samantha Taylor registered 12 kills and Courtney Lyons chipped in with five aces and 22 assists to lead third-seeded San Pedro to a 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 21-25, 15-7 victory over visiting Venice Friday at Occidental College.
San Pedro (15-3) took a 2-0 lead in games and seemed primed to put the Gondoliers away when it led, 23-19, in the third game, but fourth-seeded Venice outscored the Pirates, 7-1, the rest of the way thanks to four consecutive kills by Ashley Legerretta.The Gondoliers (15-3) led by as many as 11 points in the fourth game and put the Pirates away on a kill by Legerretta to tie the match at 2-2, but they were unable to carry the momentum into the decisive game.
San Pedro jumped to a 5-0 lead in the fifth game and never looked back, winning its second title in four years.
Top-seeded Carson and second-seeded Harbor City Narbonne, both from the Marine League, lost to Venice and San Pedro, respectively, in the semifinals.
The title match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by LA36 at 5 and 9 tonight Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday. It will also be shown at 8 a.m. today Saturday by KLCS 58.
Sylmar d. El Camino Real, 25-21, 17-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-13
Cynthia Arizon had 15 kills, 24 digs and three aces and Laura Rosales had 10 assists to lead the Spartans (13-5) to the victory at Occidental College.
Vanessa Grijalva had 15 kills and Sarah Crosthwait had seven aces for El Camino Real (8-10), which went 0-13 last season.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Venice d. Carson, 25-20, 15-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-8
Kiana Seber had 17 kills and 22 digs and Ashley Legerretta had 32 kills, 11 blocks and 38 digs and Kristin Breum had 63 assists to lead visiting and No. 4-seeded Venice (15-2) in an upset victory over No. 1-seeded Carson (16-2).
Junior middle blocker Mary Laupepa had 36 kills and 10 blocks and 13 digs and setter Terrona Sale added 33 assists, six digs and two aces for Carson (16-2), which suffered its first loss at home this season.
San Pedro d. Narbonne, 16-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-19
Samantha Taylor had 11 kills, 14 assists and 13 digs and Jenny Miller finished with 12 kills and 11 digs to lead San Pedro (14-3) to a win over host Narbonne (14-3), which had twice defeated the Pirates in Marine League play this season. Courtney Lyons had 19 assists and six digs and Shannon Miller added six kills and 14 digs for San Pedro, which will play either Marine League champion Carson, which it split with in league play, or Venice in the finals Friday night at Occidental College.
El Camino Real d. Eagle Rock, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19
Vanessa Grijalva had eight kills and Gaby Stefek had four aces to lead host El Camino Real (8-9) past Eagle Rock. The Conquistadores will play Sylmar for the Invitational title on Friday night at Occidental College.
Sylmar d. Bell, 25-14, 25-18, 13-25, 25-22
Cinthia Arizon had 11 kills, Marissa Ricks added ten kills and Laura Rosales put up 23 assists to lead host Sylmar (13-5). Bell finished the year 11-6.