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High School Roundup: Huntington Beach girls’ volleyball opens playoffs with win at Esperanza

Huntington Beach High’s Sabrina Phinizy (19) scores against Los Alamitos during the second set in a
Huntington Beach High’s Sabrina Phinizy (19), shown scoring against Los Alamitos on Sept. 19, led the Oilers to four-set win at Esperanza in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs on Thursday.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Sophomore outside hitter Sabrina Phinizy had a team-high 17 kills, and the Huntington Beach High girls’ volleyball team came away with a 26-24, 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 win at Esperanza in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs on Thursday night.

Senior opposite Sierra Emil had 13 kills for the Oilers, and junior libero Mia Christensen added 21 digs defensively.

Huntington Beach (14-12) will stay on the road to face Dana Hills (24-6) in the second round on Saturday. The teams opened the regular season against each other, with the visiting Dolphins taking the match in five sets.

Sage Hill 3, Mission Viejo 1: Senior outside hitter Amiyah De’Long had 19 kills and 12 digs, as the host Lightning won 15-25, 25-23, 25-17, 27-25 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs on Thursday.


Senior outside hitter Sydnee Francis added 15 kills and six digs for the Lightning. Junior setter Danielle Beder added six service aces.

Sage Hill (13-9) will play at Culver City (27-2) in the second round on Saturday. The Ocean League champion swept Long Beach Millikan 25-14, 25-10, 25-16 in their first-round match on Thursday.

Ocean View 3, Anaheim 0: Senior middle blocker Helen Reynolds had 12 kills to lead the host Seahawks to a 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 win in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs on Thursday.

Junior setter Alyson Nguyen finished with 25 assists for the No. 4-seeded Seahawks. Senior libero Kelli Greiner added 19 digs.


Ocean View (21-3) will host San Gabriel Academy (19-7-2) in a second-round match on Saturday.

St. Margaret’s 3, Costa Mesa 0: The second-seeded Tartans swept the Mustangs 25-16, 25-12, 25-15 on Thursday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

Costa Mesa finished the season 16-13 overall. The Mustangs were the second-place team out of the Orange Coast League.


Costa Mesa 16, Estancia 2: The host Mustangs capped an undefeated Orange Coast League campaign by winning the second Battle for the Bell rivalry match Thursday.

Rachel Pham swept in singles for Costa Mesa (15-2, 10-0 in league), which won its 14th straight match. The doubles teams of Alexis Votran and Amber Lee, Elizabeth Garcia and Sophia Catania, as well as Megan Tran and Erin Rodriguez, also swept.

Kate Harrison won two singles sets for Estancia (7-13, 6-4), which finished third in the league.

The two-day league tournament starts Wednesday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

Corona del Mar 16, Los Alamitos 2: The visiting Sea Kings clinched at least a share of the Surf League title on Thursday.


Kristina Evloeva and Janie Marcus swept in singles for CdM (16-2, 5-0 in league), while Reece Kenerson and Hannah Jervis swept in doubles.

CdM, ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, won its 13th straight match.

The Sea Kings can clinch the outright league title when they host rival Newport Harbor on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Newport Harbor 15, Fountain Valley 3: Lane McArdell swept at No. 1 singles for the Sailors in Thursday’s Surf League match at home.

Amra Barton and Avery Wooden, as well as Sterling Solomon and Riley DeCinces, swept in doubles for Newport Harbor (13-4, 4-1 in league).

The Sailors conclude league play at rival CdM on Monday.

Huntington Beach 12, Marina 6: Ashley Bui and Sophie Jin-Ngo substituted in for a doubles win for the visiting Oilers in Thursday’s Wave League match.

Katie Rhineer and Kendall Seevers also won in doubles for Huntington Beach (11-6, 3-2 in league), which is alone in second place in the league after Edison (2-3 in league) lost to league champion Laguna Beach on Thursday.


The Oilers play at Laguna Beach in Monday’s league finale. They can clinch outright second place and an automatic CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth with a victory. The Breakers won the teams’ first meeting, 10-8 on Oct. 11.

Marina (6-10, 0-5) hosts Edison on Monday.


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