Roundup: Chatsworth is No. 1 in City Section volleyball

Blake Pohevitz covers up Jamaal Unuakhalu and Nate Kim during Chatsworth's volleyball win over El Camino Real.
Blake Pohevitz covers up Jamaal Unuakhalu and Nate Kim during Chatsworth’s volleyball win over El Camino Real on Wednesday.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Come after them if you want, but the Chatsworth High volleyball team is clearly No. 1 in the City Section and is prepared to take on any and all challengers.

The Chancellors won the City Open Division last season and are off to a 5-0 start in West Valley League play after a 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 sweep of El Camino Real on Wednesday.

Coach Sina Aghassy relies on a veteran team with lots of talent. CJ Blankenship, a 6-foot-4 senior, was impressive against El Camino Real with his serves and ability to finish passes from setter Danny Catalan. Blake Pohevitz, a 6-4 junior transfer from Cleveland, is aggressive above the net, and then there’s 6-7 basketball player Jamaal Unuakhalu, who’s both entertaining and passionate in his ability to leap and dominate.

It’s going to take quite a team performance to deny the Chancellors a second straight Open Division championship. Blankenship had 14 kills on Wednesday and Pohevitz added eight kills, eight digs and four blocks.


Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 6, St. Francis 1: Jack Gurevitch finished with three hits and Cole Clark struck out 10 to help Notre Dame give coach Tom Dill his 500th career victory.


JSerra 3, Servite 1: Andrew Lamb, Trent Caraway and Jonathan Mendez each had two hits for the Lions. Matthew Champion struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

Mater Dei 3, Santa Margarita 0: Kalani Santos threw a shutout with seven strikeouts. Derek Gonzales had two hits and two RBIs.

Orange Lutheran 5, St. John Bosco 0: Jordan Cole threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit, and Ross Clark followed with two more shutout innings for No. 1 Orange Lutheran.

Crespi 4, Loyola 2: Freshman Diego Velasquez threw a complete game for the Celts. Chris Arce had two hits.

Chaminade 3, Bishop Alemany 2: Greg Rangel went three for three to lead Chaminade.

Beckman 3, Irvine 2: Zach Ireland had 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for Beckman. AJ Roettger got the save.

Etiwanda 3, Damien 2: Brady Ebel hit a two-run home run to lead Etiwanda in a Baseline League game.

Cypress 10, Valencia 0: Zach Ocampo threw the shutout and Matthew Morrell contributed three RBIs for Cypress.

Mission Viejo 8, Dana Hills 4: Jack Wade and Jack Boucher each finished with three hits for Mission Viejo.

Foothill 2, El Dorado 1: A two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh lifted Foothill to victory.

Laguna Beach 7, Newport Harbor 0: Three pitchers combined for the shutout. Griffin Naess had two hits and two RBIs.

Huntington Beach 2, Edison 1: The Oilers tied the game on a squeeze bunt in the seventh and won it in the eighth on. walk-off hit from Ralph Velazquez.

Sylmar 11, Kennedy 0: Frank Garcia threw a five-inning shutout and also had three hits and three RBIs for Sylmar. Juan Martinez also had three hits.

Long Beach Millikan 8, Long. Beach Poly 1: Gannon DeLaCruz had three hits for Millikan, which is 6-0 in the Moore League. Myles Patton struck out 13.

Corona 5, Temescal Canyon 4: Josh Springer had the walk-off single for 10-4 Corona.

Hart 9, Castaic 4: Caiden Helgeson finished with four hits for Hart.

Bishop Amat 12, Gardena Serra 1`: Luke Viola had three hits for Bishop Amat.

Santa Monica 3, Redondo Union 2: Christian Recendez and Adam Harris combined for a six-hitter.

Servite’s Jarrod Hocking was slowed by a hamstring injury as a junior, but this season he’s displaying his prowess at the plate and in the outfield.


El Camino Real 5, Carlsbad 3: Courtney Cohen had two hits, including the game-winning home run in the eighth inning, to lead the Royals in the Michelle Carew tournament. In another game, El Camino Real lost to Los Alamitos 10-4. Camryn Fritz went three for three with two RBIs for ECR.

Vista Murrieta 3, Rio Mesa 0: Kennedy DeMott had two RBIs for Vista Murrieta.

Orange Lutheran 7, Saugus 2: Brianne Weiss picked up her 10th win of the year, striking out 12. Kiki Estrada, Tessa Jerue, Mya Diaz and Makayla Motis each had two hits. In a later game, Orange Lutheran defeated Vista Murrieta 8-0. Estrada, Jerue and Emi Todoroki each hit a home run.

Villa Park 9, Cypress 3: Tiana Poole had three hits and Sydney Somerndike hit a two-run home run to lead unbeaten Villa Park.

San Pedro 9, Banning 5: The Pirates won their Marine League opener. Bella Chavez and Madison Fao each had two hits and two RBIs.