Chargers drop five-set thriller

High School Roundup

Girls' volleyball team goes down the wire against top-ranked Los Alamitos, only to fall, 15-13, in fifth game.

October 19, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Tyler Davis (11) of Edison stretches to hit the ball past Los Alamitos during a Sunset League girls' volleyball match at Edison.
Tyler Davis (11) of Edison stretches to hit the ball past… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

The Sunset League's top spot was on the line Oct. 13 when second-ranked Edison hosted top-ranked Los Alamitos, and the key CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA girls' volleyball match didn't disappoint. It was the Griffins who survived a torrid, five-set affair, 12-25, 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13. Cassie Strickland had 25 kills and 19 digs, Tyler Davis had 19 kills and Allie Schuck added 14 digs for the Chargers.

Los Alamitos previously had defeated Edison last month in the title game of the Dave Mohs Orange County Championships.

In other Sunset action Oct. 13, Marina won an exciting match at Huntington Beach, 25-23, 31-29, 21-25, 25-21, and third-ranked Newport Harbor swept Fountain Valley, 25-17, 25-16, 25-10.

In Express League play, Liberty Christian ran its record to 5-0 by sweeping league rivals Eastside and Crystal Cathedral.

The Flames defeated Eastside, 26-24, 25-23, 25-15. Libero Nicole Cheek had 15 digs, outside hitter Rebekah Shouse 21 kills, 13 digs and three aces, and setter Arin Mearig 22 assists.


Shouse had 11 kills and nine digs, opposite Sarah Spitzer six kills, nine aces and eight digs and outside hitter Kylie Burkholder five kills, nine digs and two aces, in a 25-22, 25-23, 25-10 win over Crystal Cathedral.


Boys' Water Polo

The Edison boys' water polo team continued on its recent roll Tuesday by defeating host Santa Margarita, 10-7, in nonleague play.

The Chargers took a 6-2 lead in the third quarter and cruised to victory. .

Tony Morelli topped the Chargers with three goals. Troy Oates and Justin Harrison both scored twice and Brent Bazzell, Kyle Spreeman and Alec Niederland all scored once. Nate Sfreddo had six saves.

"Our defense continues to be the fuel that is driving our program," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "We have had some solid victories and near-wins against some of the top teams in the county over the past week and there is no question that the defense has been the star of the team.

"We matched up our senior center defender, Kyle Spreeman, against their top player, Pablo Carballo, who plays for Mexico's national team, and limited him to no natural goals. Spreeman is flying under the radar in terms of recognition in the boys' season this year. We match him up against the top center every game and he continues to shut them down."

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