Los Angeles Preps: Northridge Academy
Palisades won its first boys volleyball title since 2008 after reaching the championship match the past two years. The Dolphins lost to Woodland Hills Taft and Granada Hills in consecutive years. It was the 12th City Section championship for Palisades.
Connor Nasch had 10 kills to lead Palisades. Nick Wittbrodt recorded 37 assists and Matt Comisar had 15 digs.
Billy De La Espriella and Jino Labao each had 10 kills for Granada Hills.
Los Angeles Jordan swept Verdugo Hills in the City Section Division II championship match at Venice High School. Verdugo Hills had a 19-match winning streak snapped.
C.J. Suarez set the Verdugo Hills record for kills. He had 25 kills against Jordan and set the school mark with 748 kills over his career.
Jordan won the Division II championship for the second year in a row.
Northridge Academy won the small schools championship in four games over Elizabeth Learning Center. Justin Bates had 22 kills for Northridge Academy, which won its third title in the past six seasons.
Three title game rematches and another from two years ago highlight the semifinal fare in the California Interscholastic Federation soccer playoffs, with the Southern and Los Angeles City sections determining their finalists on Tuesday.
Two of the 2011 rematches are in Southern girls action, with Oaks Christian, from Westlake Village, looking to again defeat Canyon Springs in a Division 4 clash in Moreno Valley, and San Juan Capistrano's St. Margaret's, last year's champ, playing at San Dimas (at Bonita High School in La Verne) in Division 6.
In the City section, defending champ Northridge Academy takes on LACES in a Small Schools rematch.
In the Southern Section's Division 3 semis, Paramount -- looking for a third successive CIF title -- meets Santa Ana Valley, its foe in the 2010 final.
Finals will be played Friday and Saturday, with City Section games at Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles and Southern Section title games slated for Mission Viejo High School and Warren High School in Downey.
Oaks Christian is seeking is fifth title since 2005. San Clemente has been to four straight Southern girls Division 1 finals; El Camino Real's girls, from Woodland Hills, are looking for their 11th City title in 12 years.
Other defending champs still alive: Pico Rivera's El Rancho (Southern boys 4), Perris' Citrus Hill (Southern boys 6), Carpinteria's Cate (Southern boys 7), La Puente's Bishop Amat (Southern girls 3) and Chatsworth's Sierra Canyon (Southern girls 7).
Here's a full slate:
2. The El Camino Real girls soccer team is the top seed in the City Championship playoffs. Carson is the top seed in the City Invitational and Northridge Academy is No. 1 in the small school playoffs. The El Camino Real girls will play Arleta in the first round of the 16-team tournament on Thursday. All six teams from the West Valley League qualified for the playoffs. The chances of one of those teams winning the City Championship are pretty good. Twenty of the past 22 City Section champions have come from the West Valley League. Carson plays North Hollywood in the first round of the girls soccer City Invitational on Thursday. Northridge Academy plays Animo de la Hoya in the first round of the 16-team small schools tournament.
3. The CIF Southern Section girls water polo playoff pairings were also announced over the weekend. Dos Pueblos (27-0), the champions of the Channel League, earned the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs. Dos Pueblos won the Division 1 water polo championship last year, beating Newport Harbor, 8-7, in the title match. San Clemente is the top seed in the Division 2 playoffs. Agoura is seeded fourth. Harvard-Westlake is the No. 1 seed in the Division 4 playoffs. Crescenta Valley is the No. 3 seed in the Division 5 playoffs. Redlands East Valley earned the top seed in the Division 5 water polo playoffs. The girls water polo playoffs begin Tuesday with wild-card rounds.