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High School Roundup: Boys gear for OC Championships

Annual boys' volleyball tournament will feature some of the best teams in Southern California.

March 13, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Fountain Valley's Scott Cronick, right, puts the ball past two Ocean View blockers.
Fountain Valley's Scott Cronick, right, puts the… (Don Leach / Huntington…)

The Orange County Championships boys' volleyball tournament gets underway Friday with four local teams vying for the title.

Hosts Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, and Marina, are among 32 teams competing in the three-day tournament which continues Saturday and concludes with championship-round action next Monday .

In addition to the local teams, other teams set to compete at the tournament are: Beckman, Canyon, Corona del Mar, Claremont, Dana Hills, El Dorado, El Toro, Esperanza, Foothill, Francis Parker, JSerra, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Lakewood, Los Alamitos, Mater Dei, Mission Viejo, Newport Harbor, Northwood, Orange Lutheran, Sage Hill, San Clemente, San Juan Hills, Santa Margarita, Servite, Tesoro, Woodbridge, and Yorba Linda.

In boys' volleyball action Monday, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach won by sweep, and Marina was victorious in four games in nonleague play.

Fountain Valley improved to 3-0 with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-15 victory over host Ocean View. the Seahawks. The Barons, who played the match without starting middle blocker Jasen Pacis (illness), held control for most of the match.

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"I put in a couple of subs at the beginning, and we did pretty well once we found our rhythm," said Fountain Valley Coach Todd Hansen who didn't have starting middle blocker Jasen Pacis (illness) for the game. "We also had the chance to rest our starters for the third game."

Senior opposite Scott Cronick, who is headed next year to the University of Hawaii, had a team-high 13 kills and three aces for the Barons. His final ace sewed up the match. Junior middle blocker Elvis Williams had five kills. Outside hitter Tyler Pennella served up five aces in the match.

Pennella recently returned to the line-up. The senior suffered a broken ankle in a Sunset League game last year against Marina, then re-broke the same ankle during a December practice, Hansen said.

"He's one of our best passers, and one of our best defenders, and it's nice to have him back," Hansen said. "He missed two months of the off-season."

Ocean View, which fell to 0-3, was led by team captains, senior outside hitter Calvin Vang and senior opposite Taivasa Alama with eight kills apiece, and junior middle blocker Khemit Osborne who had three blocks.

"We play teams like Fountain Valley, like Mater Dei, to help us get ready for our (league) season," Ocean View Coach Seth Cutrell said. "Next, we go to Marina. Games like these, hopefully, will get us ready for league and prepare us for CIF."

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