A year ago, the Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball team sewed up a Sunset League championship by defeating reigning champion Newport Harbor in the second to last league match of the season.
Tuesday on the same floor, the visiting Oilers again secured the Sunset crown by taking down the Sailors this time, one match earlier.
Huntington went to 8-0 in league and in the process repeated as league champ by sweeping Newport Harbor, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22. The win also put the Oilers, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, at 24-2 overall.
Oilers Coach Craig Pazanti cited his team's balanced offense as a key to Tuesday's win. Both sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco and senior middle blocker Andrew TenBrink had 12 kills, and senior opposite Zach Gates had 11 kills. Strong serving by junior outside hitter Brenden Sander led to an 11-2 run that ended the first set, and Pazanti said senior setter Matt Butler ran the offense "to perfection, keeping everyone involved."
Huntington completed a season sweep of Newport Harbor for a second straight year. In last April's title-clinching match against the Sailors, the Oilers trailed, 2-0 in games, before rallying for a huge win at Newport.
A win in that game by the Sailors would have created a two-way tie with Huntington for the league lead with one match to go.
"It's always good to get a win at Newport," Pazanti said. "It just makes it that much better, that it secures the Sunset League title. After what happened last season, falling behind 2-0 and then coming back to win in five, we wanted to take care of business early this time.
"Give a lot of credit to Newport. They came out and played very hard the entire match. We had to work for this win."
Huntington previously won its senior night contest Friday by a 25-14, 25-14, 25-19 sweep of visiting Marina. Butler had eight kills and 18 assists in the win.
Logan Atkeson had 15 kills for Marina.
"Last Friday was senior night, so we had some good contributions from some guys who don't normally get as many opportunities," Pazanti said. "It was great to see the fan support, and the overall energy that we played with throughout the night.
"I have been telling our guys all season that our depth is a big reason why we will be successful this season, and Friday it showed. We had key performances by Robbie Cornwell, Max McDaniel, Emmett Ross and Grant Halsey. And, a rare hitting display by Matt Butler."
In another Sunset match Tuesday, Edison scored a 25-21, 25-13, 25-12 sweep of host Marina. The win moved the Chargers to 4-4 in league and in third place. The Chargers can move a step closer to securing a postseason playoff berth with a win at home Thursday against Fountain Valley.
"Game 1, we were a little inconsistent and made several unforced errors," Edison Coach Trent Jackson said. "Games 2 and 3, we played well and got good production from all our seniors off the bench.
"Hopefully we can peak at the right time, make the playoffs and make a run."
Marina fell to 1-7 in league and 10-16 overall.
"Edison played well [tonight] and we were unable to match their energy," Marina Coach Rob Kijewski said.
In the Golden West League, Ocean View came from a set down to defeat visiting Santa Ana Friday, 19-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-10. Taivasa Alama had 20 kills and served four aces, Calvin Vang had 17 kills, Khemit Osborne six kills and Steven Fisher had six blocks for the Seahawks, who squared their league mark at 3-3 and improved to 3-10 overall.
Marina won its 11th game of the season on April 17 by blanking Valencia, 11-0. Trevor Braff scored twice and had three assists, Austin Jenkins, Chandler Clark and David Feirstein each had two goals, and Josh Ane (two assists), Jeremy Treskes and John Weber each scored once for the Vikings (11-7). Goalie Keven Sweeney registered four saves for the shutout
In a previous game, Marina was handed a 13-2 defeat by Huntington Beach. Braff and Ane scored and Geoff Halverson had 12 saves for the Vikings.
CIF Weekly Rankings (week of April 22)
Boys' volleyball: Huntington Beach (No. 4, Division 1).