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Dave Mohs tourney returns

High School Roundup

The girls' volleyball event, which features some of the best teams from Orange County, starts Friday at several local venues.

September 21, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

The Dave Mohs Orange County Championships girls' volleyball tournament is again stockpiled with talented teams. This year's event starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The tournament, hosted by Edison High, continues at 8 a.m. Saturday and concludes with championship match play on Monday. The field includes local teams Edison, Huntington Beach and Marina, and Los Alamitos is back to defend its Division 1 title.

The 64-team field is split into two divisions (1 and 2) with each division made up of eight, four-team pools. Seven local gymnasiums — Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor, will host pool-play action. Edison, Huntington and Marina each will compete in Division 1. The Chargers are in Pool 3, along with Long Beach Poly, Bakersfield and University and will play at the Edison gym. The Oilers are in Pool 8 with Yucaipa, Dana Hills and Carson and will play at the Huntington gym. Marina is in Pool 4 with Mater Dei, San Clemente and Beckman and will play at the Marina gym.

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On Friday, Edison will play Bakersfield and University. The Chargers will face Long Beach Poly on Saturday. Huntington starts pool play Friday with matches against Dana Hills and Carson and on Saturday takes on Yucaipa. Marina's two opponents Friday are Mater Dei and San Clemente and the Vikings play Beckman on Saturday.

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Boys' Water Polo

Huntington Beach came into the week sporting a 5-1 record and was fresh off a fifth-place finish last weekend at the inaugural Santa Barbara Tournament. The Oilers defeated St. Francis of Mountain View, 13-6, in the fifth-place game. Other wins were over Dos Pueblos (13-3) and Vista of San Diego (11-9). Their loss was a 6-4 setback to Miramonte of Orinda.

The Oilers, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, received strong play from Ian Arnold, Jovan Jeremic, Noah Harrison and Jameson Shively, Huntington Coach Brian Anderson said.

The Oilers spent 11 days in Croatia in July. The team raised funds for the trip and trained at the Jadran Hotel and played matches against other teams from around the world.

"The kids gained so much from the experience in terms of physicality and mental toughness," said Anderson. "One of the best team bonding experiences, as well."

Huntington is competing Thursday through Saturday at the South Coast-Newport Harbor Tournament. The Oilers are the No. 5-seed in the 32-team event. They'll host Servite in a nonleague game at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Huntington pool.

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