Los Angeles Preps: St. Lucy's

Marymount upsets Los Al in volleyball

November, 30, 2011
Marymount of Los Angeles defeated top-seeded Los Alamitos in four games on Tuesday night to advance to the championship match of the CIF State Division I girls volleyball tournament.

Marymount (33-4) won the Southern California regional and will play Palo Alto, the Northern California regional champion, in the state championship match at Concordia University on Saturday.

Marymount lost the first game, 25-21, before winning the next three and knocking Los Alamitos out of the CIF state tournament. Marymount’s Lanti Moye-McLaren had 18 kills.

In other Southern California regional finals, La Costa Canyon defeated St. Lucy’s in four games in Division II. La Costa Canyon will play Presentation from San Jose in the state final.

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego defeated Chadwick in three games in the Division III Southern California final. Cathedral Catholic plays Albany in the state final match.

La Jolla Country Day faces Union Mine from El Dorado in the Division IV championship match.

Tri-City Christian from Vista plays Branson from Ross in the Division V championship match.

All state championship matches are at Concordia University starting at 10 a.m. with the Division V match on Saturday.

CIF SoCal volleyball finals set

November, 27, 2011
Top-seeded Los Alamitos will play second-seeded Marymount in the CIF Southern California Division I girls volleyball final on Tuesday.

Los Alamitos defeated Corona del Mar in four games to advance to the Southern California final.

Marymount needed five games to eliminate Newport Harbor in the Southern California semifinals.

There were no upsets, other than No. 3 San Diego Parker eliminating No. 2 Visalia Central Valley Christian in the Division IV playoffs, in the other four Southern California regional playoffs on Saturday night. Here's a look at the semifinal matches in the other divisions:

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Los Alamitos advances in CIF state girls volleyball tournament

November, 23, 2011
The Granada Hills girls volleyball team won the first game against Marymount in the CIF Division I state tournament, but eventually lost in four games to the Southern Section Division I-A champion on Tuesday night.

Granada Hills, the City Section champion, took the first game, 25-23, but lost the next three and were eliminated from the CIF state girls volleyball Division I playoffs in the first round.

Paige McFerren had nine kills and six blocks to lead Granada Hills.

Marymount’s Manon Greskovics-Fuller had 11 kills to lead Marymount.

Marymount plays Newport Harbor in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Newport Harbor beat Clovis West in five games to advance.

In other first-round matches, top-seeded Los Alamitos beat Centennial of Bakersfield in three games. Corona del Mar eliminated Torrey Pines in five games, winning the fifth game, 19-17.

In the CIF Division II girls volleyball playoffs, top-seeded La Costa Canyon beat Whittier Christian in four games.

La Salle of Pasadena went the distance against Palisades Charter and won the fifth game, 15-6, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Downey eliminated Madera in four games. St. Lucy’s of Glendora beat Bonita Vista of Chula Vista in four games.

In the CIF Division III bracket, top-seeded Cathedral Catholic from San Diego swept Hemet out of of the playoffs.

Pasadena Poly pulled off a bit of an upset, eliminating Independence from Bakersfield in three games.

Brentwood moved into the quarterfinals by sweeping La Jolla. Chadwick beat Golden Valley from Bakersfield in three games.

In the CIF Division IV bracket, top-seeded La Jolla Country Day swept Connelly of Anaheim in three games.

Viewpoint from Calabasas lost in the first round in four games to Sage Hill. Francis Parker from San Diego swept Elizabeth Learning Center from Cudahy in three games. Central Valley Christian beat St. Margaret’s in three games.

In the CIF Division V bracket, top-seeded Tri-City Christian from Vista swept Sierra Canyon from Chatsworth in the first round. Coast Union from Cambria swept Sierra Pacific from Hanford. Kings Christian from Lemoore eliminated Coastal Christian from Arroyo Grande in three games. Desert Christian Academy from Bermuda Dunes knocked Pacific Ridge out of the playoffs in four games.

GLENDORA -- All Savannah Carpenter was trying to do was hit the ball where it was pitched. She ended up hitting it where no one could catch it.

Carpenter's two-out, three-run blast in the fifth inning propelled top-seeded Oaks Christian past St. Lucy's, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 softball playoffs Thursday afternoon at St. Lucy's.

"I was getting nervous," said Carpenter, who went 2-for-3. "I was trying to guess what pitch was coming next and stay on top of the ball. I was not expecting a home run. I was just trying to get a base hit."

St. Lucy's pitcher Danielle O'Toole, who had spun back-to-back shutouts heading into Thursday, kept attacking the outside part of the plate. Carpenter noticed it, made the necessary adjustment and jumped on a 3-and-2 offering. She called it a "big sigh of relief."

The shot gave Oaks Christian (28-5) some much-needed breathing room. Ace Kiana Quolas tossed five innings of no-hit ball to improve to 17-3 on the season.

"I started throwing a lot of balls in the fifth," Quolas said. "I could tell that I was getting a little tired. Kristin (Cullen), our freshman pitcher, she's also really, really good. I really trusted her to come in and save me."

Cullen gave up a single to the first batter she faced, breaking up the Lions' bid for a combined no-hitter. She immediately got a double-play grounder and finished it off without dramatics. St. Lucy's (16-13), a wild-card, third-place team from the Sierra League, didn't get a runner to second base until the final inning.

"A complete game isn't really a big deal with us," Oaks Christian coach Peter Ackermann said. "We've got two quality pitchers. It doesn't make any sense not to get somebody game experience and give Kiana a little bit more rest."

Oaks Christian will meet fourth-seeded Chino Hills (25-5) in the semifinals. There's some recent history there -- Chino Hills eliminated Oaks Christian in the quarterfinals last year.

"It gives us that extra adrenaline," Quolas said of being the top-seeded team. "I like it. People will come to see us play and others will gun for us."

LA South: Teams claim CIF titles, others fall short

November, 22, 2010
A number of CIF divisional championships were up for grabs over the weekend. Here are the results involving schools in the south Los Angeles region:

Southern Section girls volleyball
  • Long Beach Poly won its first CIF title in a decade, beating Redondo Union, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, on Saturday. Poly defeated Santa Barbara, Edison and No. 3-seeded Los Alamitos on the way to the Division I-AA championship. The Jackrabbits turn their sights to state after receiving the No. 2 overall seeding in that bracket.
  • Glendora St. Lucy's overcame a familiar foe to claim its first-ever girls volleyball title Saturday, beating rival Chino Hills, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20. St. Lucy's, which shared the Sierra League title with Chino Hills, got the No. 1 seeding in Division II regional pairings. First-round play begins Tuesday.
  • Another first-time winner in Division II-A, as Downey swept Troy in a tight one, 28-26, 25-22, 25-23. The San Gabriel Valley League champions lost only once all season -- on Sept. 11 to Division I-AA No. 3-seeded Los Alamitos -- then went on to win 25 straight. Troy also had just one other loss heading into the match.
  • Chadwick capped off its undefeated season (28-0) with a four-set victory against Pasadena Poly to clinch the Division III-AA championship. The Dolphins captured the first two sets rather comfortably, 25-14, 25-15, before Poly responded with a 13-25 win in the third. Chadwick buckled down in the fourth, coming back from a 12-11 deficit to win 25-19.
  • Lynwood Firebaugh swept San Gabriel Academy, 25-13, 25-17, 25-22, to secure the Division V-A championship.
City Section girls volleyball
  • No. 2-seeded Carson came all the way back from an 0-2 deficit just to come up short in the Division I championship, losing to No. 1 Granada Hills, 25-19, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12. In Division II play, No. 3-seeded Palisades swept No. 4-seeded Sun Valley Poly, 25-15, 26-24, 25-15.
Southern Section boys water polo
  • No. 2-seeded La Verne Damien fell to No. 1-seeded Laguna Beach, 11-9, in the Division III championship on Saturday. La Serna defeated Pasadena Poly, 17-9, to win the Division V crown.
  • No. 2-seeded Nogales got six goals from Daniel Morales in a slight upset of top-seeded Santa Ynes, 15-8, to claim its first-ever boys water polo Division VII championship. Nogales (31-2), the Valle Vista League champs, won 21 straight.