For the sixth time in the last two seasons, Marymount and No. 1-seeded Mater Dei will meet in girls’ volleyball on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Cerritos College. It’s a big match: The Southern Section Division 1 championship will be on the line.
It’s a rematch of last year’s final won by Mater Dei. The two schools have split their two meetings this season.
Mater Dei has more experience but Marymount has UCLA-bound Devon Newberry, who missed an earlier match while she was competing for USA in the Junior Olympics in Argentina in beach volleyball. She’s back with a vengeance, having recorded 24 kills in a semifinal win over Redondo.
Play after play, linebacker Blake Antzoulatos of Chaminade makes an impact. He’s so relentless and fired up that you notice him immediately on the field, wearing No. 32. And then there are the hits. He doesn’t pat opponents down. He sends them flying to the turf.
In 10 games, he has recorded 117 tackles.
Last week against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, he had his first interception and also scored on a 72-yard pass reception. He has committed to Cal, and the Golden Bears will be very happy with what they are getting.
Brothers Nick and RJ Lopez are kickers at Santa Ana Mater Dei and Mission Viejo, respectively. This week, they will be pulling for each other. Next week, if each wins, they’ll be searching for listening devices at home.
If Mater Dei defeats Valencia and Mission Viejo defeats Bishop Amat in first-round Division 1 playoff games, the Lopez brothers would face off next week in the Division 1 quarterfinals.
Nick, a senior, has made two field goals, 51 PATs and booted 53 of his 68 kickoffs in the end zone.