Area boys' volleyball teams ousted from playoffs

Huntington Beach, Edison and Ocean View battle but fall in Division I and II postseason.

May 20, 2010

The season came to an end Saturday for the Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball team when the Oilers were swept by top-seed Mira Costa, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19, in a quarterfinal game in the CIF Southern Section Division I boys' volleyball playoffs at Mira Costa.

Nick Siegle had 18 kills and Eric Bartlett added 14 digs for the Sea View League champion Oilers, who end their year at 27-5.

Edison also saw its dream of a Division I title halted Saturday by visiting Corona del Mar, which rallied for a 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 27-23 victory. Senior middle blocker Nick Capriccio had a match-high 17 kills for the Chargers. Edison, the No. 3 team from the Sunset League, ended its season 21-9.


The Sea Kings are champions of the Pacific Coast League and the division's No. 2 seed.

Golden West League champion Ocean View had its season end May 13 when Thousand Oaks defeated the host Seahawks, 25-12, 25-15, 25-18, in a Division II second-round match.


The 2010 season also came to a close for the Huntington Beach baseball team May 13 when the Oilers failed to capitalize on opportunities and were upended by host Foothill, 7-3, in a Sea View League and regular-season finale.

The Oilers went up, 2-1, in the fourth inning on a run-scoring double by LJ Brewster. Foothill responded with a six-run rally in the bottom of the fourth, four coming on a grand slam by Chris Poplawski, to take the lead for good.

The loss left Huntington with a 7-8 league record and 13-13 overall mark and eliminated the Oilers from playoff contention.

"It is disappointing to lose, obviously, but I am proud of my kids," Oilers Coach Benji Medure said. "We played half the season with three starters injured. We started league 1-4. To go through that adversity and have an opportunity to get into the playoffs in the last game of the season, is an accomplishment.

"There were a lot of teams playing meaningless games on Thursday (May 13), but we were not one of them. My kids battled all year to get us in that position. They are a great group of kids."

Marina ended its year on a high note May 13 by defeating visiting Los Alamitos, 7-2, in Sunset League play. Senior Robert Chavarria hit a three-run home run to power an eight-hit attack and junior starter Jake Tillinghast earned his third win of the season for the Vikings, who ended their campaign 5-10 in league and 14-12 overall.

Fountain Valley's season also ended May 13 when the host Barons lost, 6-4, to Sunset League foe Esperanza.

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