Huntington Beach High and Edison are moving on in the CIF Southern Section boys' volleyball playoffs.
Both the Oilers and Chargers started postseason play Tuesday, and both swept their opponents in first-round Division 1 matches. The Oilers won, 25-9, 25-23, 25-11, at home over Alemany (Mission League No. 4). The Chargers went on the road to face Aliso Niguel and knocked off the South Coast League champs, 25-17, 27-25, 25-15.
In Huntington' win, Brenden Sander had 13 kills, TJ DeFalco 11 kills and nine digs, and Matt Butler had 22 assists.
The Oilers, the No. 3-seed in Division 1, improved to 27-2 overall. They advanced to play a second-round match at 7 p.m. Thursday at Orange Lutheran (Trinity League No. 3).
"I thought we came out focused and ready to play in Game 1," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "I think it was important for us to start strong, not just for this match, but to help us set a tone for the playoffs.
"Last season, we dropped the first game in our first CIF match, and I felt like we never really hit our stride. So we definitely stressed a fast start. Hopefully we can use this win to build some momentum and make a deep run in this years playoffs."
By sweeping Aliso Niguel, Edison (12-14, Sunset No. 3) moves on to face No. 2-seed and Mission League winner Los Angeles Loyola. The Chargers play host to the Cubs at 7 p.m. Thursday.
"We got production from all our hitters," Edison Coach Trent Jackson said of Tuesday's win. "The passing and serving was pretty good. Our setter [Chandler Gibb] did a nice job spreading out the offense."
Fountain Valley reached the Division 1 playoffs as an at-large team from the Sunset League. The Barons played a wild-card match Monday at El Toro (South Coast League at-large). The host Chargers defeated the Barons, 25-13, 25-14, 25-15, 25-17.
Marina, which won the Sunset League title for the first time in 20 years, and Edison, competed Monday at the CIF Southern Section Team Southern Divisional. Edison tied for fourth place with Yorba Linda with a team score of 384, and Marina finished seventh with 387.
From the Sunset League, league MVP Cameron Kaneko, Ramiz Jamal and Jacob Winn of Marina, Kevin Steinfeld of Edison, Andre Vu of Fountain Valley, Conner Hurst of Huntington Beach, and Jonathan Young (Los Al), advanced to compete Monday at the CIF Southern Section Southern Individual Regional. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
The CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships start this week at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside. The Division 4 preliminary meets were held Wednesday. The Division 1 prelims meet is Thursday and Division 2 is Friday, both starting at 9 a.m.
The Division 1 and 2 championships are Saturday.
Marina made it as an at-large entry from the Sunset League to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs and played a wild-card match Tuesday at Simi Valley. The Vikings won, 10-8, to advance to a first-round match Wednesday at Burbank Burroughs. The score wasn't available at press time.
Fountain Valley was an automatic qualifier to the Division 1 playoffs from the Sunset League. The Barons hosted Chaminade in a first-round match Wednesday. The score wasn't available at press time. The winner advances to a second-round match at 3 p.m. Friday.
Track and Field
The CIF Southern Section Track and Field Championships start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Division prelims are at the following sites: Division 1 (Trabuco Hills), Division 2 (Moorpark), Division 3 (Estancia), Division 4 (Carpinteria). The championship finals are May 19 at Mt. San Antonio College.