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High School Roundup: Oilers in good shape

Huntington Beach boys' volleyball team shares Sunset League lead with Newport Harbor. Team meet on Thursday at HB.

March 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

So far, so good, for the Huntington Beach boys' volleyball team.

The Oilers passed their first two tests of the Sunset League season in the past week capped by a 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 sweep on Tuesday of host Marina. The win moved the Oilers, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, to 12-2 overall.

It also kept them tied atop the league standings with Newport Harbor, a team the Oilers play host to Thursday.

Senior middle blocker Emmett Ross and junior libero Jake Weiser led Huntington with five kills each.

Junior outside hitter Logan Atkeson had 10 kills for Marina.

"I thought our team did a good job of siding out and competing with Huntington Beach throughout the majority of the match," Marina Coach Rob Kijewski said.

Huntington began defense of its Sunset title Friday with a 25-13, 25-17, 26-24 win over visiting Fountain Valley. Junior middle blocker Ryan Morrissey had 10 kills.

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"Winning the Sunset League is one of our goals every year, and in this league you have to be ready to play every night," Huntington Beach Craig Pazanti said. "I was happy with the energy level from the start. Fountain Valley is a good team. So, it was good to get the win, but also good that a lot of guys got to contribute."

The next test for the Oilers comes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Newport Harbor. The Sailors are tied with Corona del Mar for the No. 10 ranking in Division 1.

Huntington closed out its regular season last spring with a victory at Newport Harbor that gave the Oilers an outright Sunset championship.

"This is a big game for both teams, but especially for us because we are at home," Pazanti said. "You have to protect your home court in this league. I just hope we come out and play a good match."

The loss to Huntington was the first in league play for Marina, which had opened its Sunset schedule on the road March 20 and defeated Los Alamitos, 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-22. Logan Atkeson had 17 kills and Kellen O'Connell nine kills for the Vikings.

Over the weekend, Marina (10-12) competed at the La Jolla Beach City Invitational, where the Vikings went 1-4 in the tournament and finished 29th.

In another Sunset League match Tuesday, Edison earned its first win in league play with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 sweep at Los Alamitos. Jimmy Webb had a team-high 10 kills in the win.

The Chargers (6-12, 1-2) played Newport Harbor in back-to-back league matches last week and were edged, 3-2, in each game by the Sailors.

Edison plays host to Marina at 6 p.m. Friday.

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