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

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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.

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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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