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Costa Mesa girls’ volleyball trio named to Orange Coast League first team

Costa Mesa High’s Malia Tufuga, seen hitting against Estancia on Oct. 10, 2018, was one of three Mustangs named to the Orange Coast League first team in 2018.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Malia Tufuga, Ashley Nguyen and Tarah Harmon earned first-team All-Orange Coast League laurels for helping the Costa Mesa High girls’ volleyball team to a runner-up finish in the league.

The trio also led the Mustangs (16-13, 8-2 in league) to the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Mustangs were swept by No. 2-seeded St. Margaret’s in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.

Tufuga, a junior, and Nguyen, a senior, played off of each other. They shared the duties of setter and outside hitter.

Harmon, a sophomore, keyed the Mustangs’ defense as a middle blocker.


Costa Mesa junior libero Rae Galarion and freshman middle blocker Lorelei Hobbis received second-team nods.

Estancia sophomore Louise Chupeau earned a second-team selection. Chupeau showed versatility, moving to outside hitter after serving as the Eagles’ setter last season.

Estancia (10-20, 3-7) finished fifth in the league.

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