Warriors reach CIF title match

Brethren Christian girls' volleyball team, despite finishing third in league, will battle for Division 4AA crown Saturday.

November 17, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • [Huntington Beach Coach Brian Anderson receives a yellow card during a CIF Division I quarterfinal game against El Toro at Huntington Beach High School on Friday.
[Huntington Beach Coach Brian Anderson receives a yellow… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

The Brethren Christian girls' volleyball team will play for the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA championship this weekend.

The Warriors earned a 1 p.m. Saturday date at Cypress College (Gym 1) with Academy League rival St. Margaret's by defeating visiting Serra, champion of the Camino Real League and the division's No. 3-seed, 25-23, 17-25, 28-26, 25-23, in a tight semifinal match Tuesday at Liberty Christian High in Huntington Beach.

Randi Braak had 17 kills, Rebecca Rudd eight kills and Meghan Haney and Brooke LaPierre both had six kills for the Warriors.

Brethren Christian finished third and St. Margaret's won the championship in the Academy League. The teams will meet for the third time this season Saturday.

The Tartans defeated the Warriors twice in league play, 3-1 and 3-2.

"We are so excited to be playing for a CIF championship," first-year Brethren Christian Coach Patricia Daugherty said. "The great thing about our team is that it has really come together to play as a team. There's not one or two stars here, but a complete team and that has made the difference in the playoffs."


Brethren Christian entered the playoffs unranked, but the Warriors moved into the semifinals by knocking off the division's second-ranked team, Laguna Blanca, in a sweep (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) in a quarterfinal match Saturday. Braak had 12 kills and Rudd nine kills for the Warriors.

Laguna Blanca had swept the Warriors back in September.

There was the possibility of an all-Huntington Beach 4AA Division final, but in Tuesday's other semifinal match, St. Margaret's swept visiting Ocean View, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.

Ocean View won the Golden West League title and was ranked fourth in the division and had a first-round bye. The Seahawks swept both Colony (Mt. Baldy League No. 2) and Viewpoint (Liberty League No. 1) to reach the semifinals.

"They are a very good team," Daugherty said of St. Margaret's. "They are well-coached and it's going to be another tough one.

"It's amazing to make it this far and I'm very blessed to be here with this team. It's my first year here and it couldn't be better. We're going to leave it all on the court Saturday."

The season came to an end last weekend for two other local teams.

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