Opening night of the CIF Southern Section boys' volleyball playoffs saw both Ocean View and Huntington Beach face early challenges Tuesday, but came on strong down the stretch to advance in postseason play.
Ocean View improved to 16-4 by downing visiting Valencia of Placentia, 25-23, 21-25, 27-25, 25-14, in a Division 3 match. Huntington Beach scored a 24-26, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 win over visiting Harvard-Westlake in a Division 1 opener.
Adam Wills had 39 kills and 31 digs for Golden West League-champion Ocean View. Also making big contributions were Elijah Nolasco with 45 digs, Ralph Cabiltes with five digs and 51 assists, and August Oda with nine kills.
Valencia was the No. 3 team from the Empire League.
"We played a well-rounded match and I am proud of our performance tonight," Seahawks Coach Seth Cutrell said. "Valencia was a tough first-round opponent and they played a solid match. I knew that if would be loud and stayed positive, we could jump on Valencia and get an early lead. Even in game three, when Valencia made a late push and forced us to take a timeout (at 24-24), I knew we were still going to come out on top. Winning game three gave us the push we needed to finish them in game four."
The win advances Ocean View to a second-round match Thursday at Pacific View League champ and sixth-ranked Camarillo, which swept visiting Nipomo (25-15, 25-11, 25-12) on Tuesday.
Sunset League champion Huntington Beach won its 17th straight match and improved to 22-3 by coming from a set down to get past Harvard-Westlake (Mission League No. 3). Edgar Palos had 12 kills and 18 assists, Zach Gates 16 kills and Andrew Tenbrink 14 kills for the fifth-ranked Oilers.
"We came out a little too amped up, and it caused us to play tight in the first set," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "Once we settled down in set two, we played pretty well. Our passing was the key. When we give Matt (Butler) that many options, we are going to be tough to defend. I thought Edgar did an excellent job of staying real focused, and kept everyone else working the entire match. He was a true leader tonight."
Huntington moves on to play at 7 p.m. Thursday at South Coast League runner-up San Clemente, which defeated visiting Royal, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17). The Oilers defeated the Tritons earlier this season at the Best of the West tournament in San Diego.
Huntington Beach finished in third place and Marina was fifth Monday at the CIF Southern Team Divisional at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita. The Oilers move on to compete at the CIF Team Championships on Thursday at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara.
Huntington senior Jacob Schulze, Marina senior Matt Janelli and freshman Nick Swanson, and Fountain Valley junior Andre Vu will compete Monday at the CIF Individuals tournament at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
The Edison boys' team finished in first place and Los Alamitos surprised Edison to capture the girls' Sunset League title at league finals May 4 at Newport Harbor High. Fountain Valley was fourth, Huntington Beach fifth and Marina sixth in the boys' rankings. In the girls' standings, Fountain Valley was third, Huntington fifth and Marina sixth.
"As it always is, most championships are won at prelims, and our girls did not have the best of meets at [the May 2] prelims," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "We had too much too make up on Friday, but they swam really well and very fast. Our boys really showed our depth and did not let up from start to finish.
"We had multiple finalists in every event and our relays were as strong I have seen in a long time. This is arguably the fastest boys' team we have ever had."
Below are the local athletes who won events at finals:
Girls: 100 yard free (Ellie Morrissey, Sr., Edison, 51.56); 100 backstroke (Devin Newton, Soph., 58.25); 100 breaststroke (Kylie Boyce, Jr., Edison, 1:04.85); 100 butterfly (Abby Oshiro, Sr., Edison, 56.28); 200 individual medley (Ellie Morrissey, Sr., Edison, 2:04.12); 200 free relay (Fountain Valley: Jaime Dang, Jr., Jennifer Schulman, Jr., Sarah Yao, Soph., Taylor Johnson, Sr., 1:37.69); 400 free relay (Edison: Alys Williams, Sr., Devin Newton, Soph., Natalie May, Soph., Ellie Morrissey, Sr., 3:34.65); 200 yard medley relay (Edison: Devin Newton, Soph., Kylie Boyce, Jr., Abby Oshiro, Sr., Natalie May, Soph., 1:48.86).
Boys: 50 yard free (Brent Bazzell, Sr., Edison, 21.90); 100 yard free (Brent Bazzell, Sr., Edison, 47.12); 500 yard free (Ryan Nelson, Sr., Edison, 4:32.43); 100 yard backstroke (Josh Smith, Sr., Edison, 50.90); 200 yard IM (Thomas Smith, Fr., Edison, 1:54.17); 200 free relay (Edison: Alec Niederland, Soph., Brent Bazzell, Sr., Troy Oates, Soph., Josh Smith, Sr., 1:26.89); 400 yard free relay (Edison: Josh Smith, Sr., Alec Niederland, Soph., Brent Bazzell, Sr., Thomas Smith, Fr., 3:08.70); 200 yard medley relay (Edison: Thomas Smith, Fr., Nate Sfreddo, Sr., Thomas Gillespie, Soph., Tony Morelli, Sr., 1:38.21).
At the Golden West League finals May 1 at Ocean View, the Ocean View boys' team won a league championship and the girls' squad placed second to Orange. Below are the Seahawks who won individual or relay titles at league finals:
Boys: 200 yard medley relay (Chris Le, Sr.; Kalani Coleman, Sr.; Pedram Shafiei, Sr.; Glenn Baumann, Jr., 1:47.83); 200 yard individual medley (Pedram Shafiei, Sr., 2:06.89); Steve Kornahrens, Sr., 24.29); 100 yard free (Glenn Baumann, Jr., 52.41); 200 yard free relay (Cody Basford, Jr.; Christian Estiamba, Fr.; Max Minichiello, Sr.; Cody Morden, Sr., 1:38.47); 400 free relay (Glenn Baumann, Jr., Steve Kornahrens, Sr; Pedram Shafiei, Sr.; Ryan Tran, Soph., 3:33.27).
Girls: 200 yard medley relay: (Brynne McNabb, Jr.; Katie Du, Soph.; Jessica Zorich, Jr.; Christina Ly, Sr., 2:10.06); 200 yard freestyle (Alyssa Isogawa, Soph., 2:10.73); 50 yard free (Brynne McNabb, Jr., 27.48); 100 yard butterfly (Alyssa Isogawa, Soph., 1:04.15); 100 yard free (Maya Lamperts, Soph., 1:02.36); 400 free relay (Brynne McNabb, Jr.; Maya Lamperts, Soph.; Cami McNabb, Jr.; Alyssa Isogawa, Soph., 4:04.89).
Ocean View swimmers competed Wednesday at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 prelims at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside. The division finals start at 5 p.m. Friday.
John Lieu of Fountain Valley defeated Camden Marko of Los Alamitos to win the singles title, and the Los Al team of freshmen Kyle McCann and Vatsal Bajpai defeated the Huntington Beach duo of Evan Nguyen and Darren Dinh (6-0, 6-2) to take the doubles championship at the Sunset League finals May 4.
Fountain Valley, the No. 2 team from the Sunset League, started play Wednesday in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs ,but the score wasn't available at press time.
Track and Field
The Sunset League finals were held May 3 at Huntington Beach High. Edison, which won both the boys' and girls' league regular-season dual meet titles, finished first in both at the league finals. In the boys' standings, Fountain Valley finished second, Newport Harbor third, Los Alamitos fourth, Huntington Beach fifth and Marina sixth. In the girls' finals standings, Los Alamitos was second, Fountain Valley third, Marina fourth, Huntington Beach fifth and Newport Harbor sixth.
Below are athletes from local schools who won individual or relay titles at finals:
Girls: 100 meter dash (Alyssa Tao, Jr., Fountain Valley, 12.23); 200 meter dash (Lauren Deats, Sr., Edison, 25.57); 400 meter dash (Laura Lainson, Soph., 60.01); 800 meter run (Kylie Nishisaka, Jr., Marina, 2:16.70); 1,600 meter run (Emily Taylor, Sr., Marina, 4:59.12); 3,200 meter run (Laura Hollander, Sr., Marina, 10:26.60); 100 meter hurdles (Michaela Schaeffer, Jr., Edison, 15.85); pole vault (Amy Loschiavo, Sr., Huntington Beach, 13-feet-4); triple jump (Michaela Schaeffer, Jr., Edison, 37-91/2 ); shot put (Ashley Donohoe, Jr., Huntington Beach, 37-1/2 ); discus throw (Ashley Donohoe, Jr., Huntington Beach, 115-9).
Boys: 100 meter dash: (Austin Simpkins, Sr., Huntington Beach, 10.77); 200 meter dash (Drake Alvarez-Cates, Sr., Edison, 21.91); 400 meter dash (Anthony Johnson, Sr., Fountain Valley, 50.78); 800 meter run (Jay Bonthius, Sr., Fountain Valley, 1:58.47); 1,600 meter run (Jay Bonthius, Sr., Fountain Valley, 4:27.87); 3,200 meter run (Jeff Thies, Jr., Edison, 9:28.27); 100 meter hurdles (Ramon Vargas, Sr., Huntington Beach, 14.83); 300 meter hurdles (Ramon Vargas, Sr., Huntington Beach, 39.35); high jump (AJ Beynon, Fr., Edison, 6-2); 4 x 400 meter relay (Fountain Valley, 3:28.05).
The CIF Southern Section Division 1 prelims start at noon Saturday at Trabuco Hills High.
At the Golden West League finals May 3 at Westminster High, Ocean View's girls' team finished second and the boys' team placed fourth. Winning league titles for the girls were senior Melissa Cooley in the 400 meters (59.88), and the Seahawks' 4 by 400 meter relay team of junior Dani Dapello, freshman Sam Romo, junior Daisy Balbuena and Melissa Cooley, which posted a winning time of 4:09.73.
The following Ocean View athletes and teams have qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division 3 prelims Saturday at Estancia High in Costa Mesa: both boys' and girls' 4 by 100 relay teams; freshman Kevelin Huerta (girls' 1,600 meters; 3,200 meters); Daisy Balbuena (girls' 300 hurdles); freshman Jade Kratovil (girls' 300 hurdles); senior An Nguyen (boys' 300 hurdles); Melissa Cooley (200 meters; 400 meters); senior Ben Sumner (boys' shot put); freshman Malia Hayes (girls' discus).
The Division 2 prelims start with field events at 11 a.m., followed by the start of running events at noon.