Last Saturday was not a good day for South Bay girls’ volleyball team as defending CIF-Southern Section Division IAA and California State Division I champion Redondo last its IAA final to Mater Dei in Santa Ana in four games; Rolling Hills Estates Chadwick was swept by Sun Valley Village Christian in the IIAA championship and Carson was swept by Woodland Hills El Camino Real in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I final.
Redondo entered last Saturday’s IAA championship match with a four-game winning streak against the Monarchs. Last season, the Sea Hawks won a non-league match, the IAA final and the Southern California Regional Division I championship match against Mater Dei. Early this season, host Redondo swept the Monarchs. At Cerritos College last Saturday, however, the Sea Hawks saw a much different and better Monarch team. Mater Dei put an end to Redondo’s reign with a 25-21, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24 win.
The Monarchs used strong blocking that even included three consecutive blocks on the Sea Hawks’ standout UC Santa Barbara-bound outside hitter Megan Rice. Mater Dei built a big lead. Redondo rallied some but the Monarchs were able to stay ahead and win the first match. Mater Dei’s front line, led by 6-foot-2 junior Shannon Scully and 6-foot-1 senior Charlee Thomas, recorded 20 blocks for the match.
Things were looking good for the Sea Hawks in the second set. Redondo had a commanding lead throughout to even the match at one set apiece.
The Monarchs, however, got back on the groove. In a mostly close third set, Mater Dei pulled away for a 25-18 win on a kill from Thomas.
The Sea Hawks started well with a 7-3 lead in the fourth set, behind several kills from Rice, who recorded 22 kills. Mater Dei, though, took for three-point leads. The Monarchs led 24-21 but Redondo came back with three unanswered points on a kill off Thomas from setter Norene Iosia to tie the game. Kills by Thomas and Scully, however, put the set and championship away for Mater Dei.
Iosia, who signed at University of Hawaii, recorded 42 assists for the Sea Hawks. Freshman Kyla Doig added 10 kills for Redondo.
Coming off an impressive Southern Section Division IIAA semifinal sweep of host and defending IIAA and Southern California Division II champion South Torrance, the Dolphins found a very experienced Village Christian too hot to stop in a 25-19, 27-25, 25-16 loss. With the loss, Chadwick fell to 24-4.
The second set saw the Dolphins at set point, leading 24-23, Elena Bartlett had three kills and shared with junior Clare Lenihan for a block. The Crusaders came out with three unanswered points and Kyra Banko had a cross court kill to help them win. Village Christian won the third set handily.
Courtney Bond led Chadwick with nine kills and 12 digs.
Carson was seeking a CIF-L.A. title facing a squad from El Camino Real that it outlasted in five sets in a non-league match. This time, the Colts were not as successful as they were swept, 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 Saturday at the Roybal Learning Center in Downtown L.A. Carson was also eliminated in the first round of the Southern California Regional Division II playoffs on Tuesday at CIF-San Diego Section Division II champion Canyon Crest Academy.
Chadwick, in fact, will visit the region’s top seed after winning in four games over host Liberty High, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-23 on Tuesday in Bakersfield.
Alex Newton led the Dolphins (25-4) with 35 assists, six kills, five aces and 18 digs. Courtney Bond added 11 kills and 14 digs. Clare Lenihan had 22 kills and 14 digs. Teryn Gurbach recorded 18 digs. Chadwick’s regional semifinal match at Canyon Crest will be Saturday at 7 p.m.
In the Division I region quarterfinal Tuesday, Redondo was sluggish but managed to top CIF-Central Section Division I champion Clovis East 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 23-25, 15-8. Rice led the Sea Hawks with 16 kills. Iosia tallied 36 assists and four ace serves. Doig and Casey Baker each contributed nine kills.
The Sea Hawks will travel to top seed Torrey Pines in Del Mar for a 7 p.m. Southern California semifinal match Saturday. Torrey Pines, which swept El Camino Real, is the No. 1 ranked team in California and second in the United States.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10: 1. Redondo, 2. Mira Costa, 3. Chadwick, 4. South Torrance, 5. Carson, 6. Bishop Montgomery, 7. Peninsula, 8. West Torrance, 9. El Segundo, 10. Palos Verdes.