Huntington Beach stayed at the top of heap after recording another sweep in Sunset League boys' volleyball action.
The Oilers ran their league mark to 5-0 and completed the first half of league play with a 25-9, 25-17, 25-19 road win at Marina on April 5. Sophomore Brendan Sander and freshman Ben Vaught had seven and six kills, respectively, for the Oilers.
The win was the third sweep in three days for Huntington (12-3), ranked seventh in CIF Southern Section Division 1. The Oilers previously defeated Newport Harbor in a key league match April 3, and on April 4 were impressive in a 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 victory over a Laguna Beach team ranked third in Division 3.
Huntington has won nine of its last 10 matches, the last six by sweep.
"We're playing really well right now," Oilers Coach Craig Pazanti after the Laguna Beach win. "Laguna's a very good team and I told our guys before the game that there should be no letdown. We just beat Newport and I wanted them to stay focused for this match. I was happy with our effort and energy. Hopefully we take that energy to Hawaii."
The Oilers are currently in Hawaii for tournament play at the Kamehameha Cup. Their first match is Thursday and the tournament runs through Saturday.
The Sunset League race resumes Tuesday. Marina hosts Los Alamitos at 4:30 p.m., Huntington hosts Fountain Valley at 5:45 p.m. and Edison hosts Newport Harbor at 5:45 p.m.
Marina is in the top spot in the Sunset League after completing a 5-0 run in the first half of league play. The Vikings picked up their most recent victories by knocking off Edison (185-188) and Huntington Beach (180-188) in close matches April 3 and April 5, respectively, at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach.
Vikings Nick Swanson and Jack Koeller were medalists with scores of 35 (even par) in the win over Edison. In the Huntington match, Marina's Robert Rice and Conner Hurst of the Oilers were medalists at 34.
Marina (15-1) has a starting lineup composed of four freshmen (Swanson, Ramiz Jamal, Cameron Kaneko, Justin Gullock), a junior (Rice) and a senior (Matt Janelli).
"We have been fortunate to win some close matches, and have had different guys step up when we needed them to," Marina Coach Jim Morris said. "Five of our six starters have been the medalist this year."
Morris said that Jamal leads the team with six medals and in scoring average (37.5). Swanson is right behind Jamal with a 38.2 scoring average.
The Vikings return to play April 23, taking on Cypress at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
"It has been an amazing run so far, and I am cautiously optimistic about the rest of the season," Morris said.