High School Roundup: Huntington Beach girls’ volleyball reaches Dave Mohs semifinals

Huntington Beach's Haylee LaFontaine was named to the all-tournament team of the Dave Mohs Tournament.
Huntington Beach’s Haylee LaFontaine, seen against Torrance on Aug. 20, was named to the all-tournament team of the Dave Mohs Tournament.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The Huntington Beach girls’ volleyball team reached the gold bracket semifinals of the Dave Mohs Tournament, falling to Los Angeles Marymount 25-22, 22-25, 16-14 on Saturday at home.

Marymount, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 and 2 combined poll, fell to Cathedral Catholic 25-14, 25-18 in the final.

The sixth-ranked Oilers rallied from a 19-9 deficit in the second set, nearly shocking the Sailors to reach the championship match.

“We haven’t been doing that at this level, but this team doesn’t quit,” Huntington Beach coach Craig Pazanti said. “That’s kind of the biggest thing, and that’s what we’ve been instilling. With the defense that we play, if we can pass the ball a little bit, we’re going to be in every match.

“Yes, we get down 19-9, but we can serve pretty tough, and we started making some plays on defense, and when that happens, we’re going to go on some runs. Did I think we had them right where we wanted them down 19-9? No. But in the timeout, I said, ‘Hey, let’s just try to get one or two [points] and see what happens.”

Junior outside hitter Haylee LaFontaine, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Huntington Beach (12-2) with 18 kills. Sophomore opposite Taylor Ponchak added 12 kills, freshman outside hitter Addison Williams had 10 kills, and junior middle blocker Kylie Leopard contributed seven kills.

“It started happening, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, we’re doing it,’” Ponchak said when asked about the second-set comeback. “It’s the whole team. … If someone gets one good play, then just everyone gets so hyped, and we build on top of each other.”

Junior setter Dani Sparks distributed 39 assists to go with 13 digs, and senior libero Tori Hagan had four service aces and seven digs for the Oilers.

Torrey Stafford, an all-tournament team honoree, lifted Marymount to victory over Huntington Beach, supplying six kills and a block in the decisive third set.

Marymount went undefeated in winning the Division 1 championship last season.

“She’s taken a lot on with this really young team because there’s only two starters returning from last season,” Marymount coach Cari Klein said of Stafford. “She’s taken on probably more than she should have, and it’s a new role. It’s a huge role, so she’s getting into it.”

Local Teams in Dave Mohs Tournament

Division 1

Corona del Mar: 2-4

Edison: 3-3

Huntington Beach: 4-1

Laguna Beach: 1-5

Newport Harbor: 3-1

Division 2

Fountain Valley: 1-3

Marina: 2-2

Ocean View: 1-3

Sage Hill: 3-1

Costa Mesa 3, Orange 0: Reygan Schneider had 11 kills and three digs to lead the Mustangs to a 25-17, 27-25, 25-17 win over the Panthers on Monday in an Orange Coast League match.

Kaitlyn Yagerlener added eight kills, and Jamie Kibin finished with 13 digs and three aces for Costa Mesa (6-6, 2-2). The Mustangs play host to Santa Ana on Thursday.

Pacifica Christian Orange County 3, Corona Crossroads Christian 0: Senior outside hitter Rebecca Penjoyan paced the Tritons with a dozen kills on Monday in a nonleague match on the road.

Sophomore opposite Chara Wondercheck had seven kills, six aces and five digs, and sophomore libero Charlotte Carlson contributed seven digs for Pacifica Christian (8-2).


Estancia 266, Ocean View 300: Laney Bae of Ocean View earned medalist honors with a nine-over-par round of 44 in Monday’s Orange Coast League match on the Mesa Linda course at Costa Mesa Country Club.

Estancia (4-3, 4-1) opposes crosstown rival Costa Mesa (2-3, 2-2) on Wednesday.

Ocean View is now 1-3 overall and in league.


Costa Mesa 28, Westminster La Quinta 27: Brett McDonough had two rushing touchdowns to lead the visiting Mustangs past the Aztecs on Friday in a nonleague game.

Garrett Richards also ran in a touchdown, and Riley Weinstein brought in the lone score through the air for Costa Mesa (2-2), which will open Orange Coast League play against Calvary Chapel (1-3) at Segerstrom High on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Laguna Beach 24, Capistrano Valley Christian 17: Nick Rogers rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Breakers’ nonleague victory on the road on Friday.

Ethan Das threw for 223 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Ryner Swanson made seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Jackson Rodriguez had two receptions for 41 yards and a score.

Laguna Beach (2-2) has evened its record after an 0-2 start. The Breakers remain on the road to face Crean Lutheran (3-0) on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Los Amigos 27, Saddleback 9: Nico Campos and Isaacc Vergara each had a sack, and Adrian Ramirez reeled in an interception, as the Lobos’ defense stifled the host Roadrunners on Friday in a nonleague game.

Maysen Navarro had 19 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and Campos also provided 63 rushing yards in scoring twice on the ground.

Los Amigos (2-1) travels to take on Calabasas Viewpoint (0-3) on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.

Cerritos 21, Ocean View 12: The host Seahawks surrendered 14 points in the fourth quarter, falling to 1-3 overall following Friday night’s nonleague loss.

Alejandro Polo had a rushing touchdown for Ocean View, which plays at Walnut on Sept. 16. Jorian Smith-Sherry had a touchdown pass to Jesse Gomez.


Sage Hill 49, Moreno Valley Leadership Military Academy 26: Junior running back Aidan Raymer scored five total touchdowns (four rushing), as the Lightning stormed past the Wolfpack on Friday in a nonleague game at Sage Hill.

Senior safety Steven Karahalios had three interceptions. Senior quarterback Carson Green had three touchdown passes, including one each to junior wide receiver Danyel Khan and Karahalios.

Sage Hill (3-0) hits the road to take on North Valley Military Institute (0-3) on Sept. 16.


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