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High School Roundup: Oilers repeat as champs in Hawaii

Huntington Beach boys' volleyball team goes 6-0 to capture championship at Kamehameha Cup for second straight year.

April 10, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

A trip to Hawaii resulted in another tournament championship for the Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball team.

A year ago, the Oilers captured the title of the Kamehameha Cup. During spring break last week, the Oilers returned to the tournament, and again claimed the crown. Huntington went 6-0 at the event and capped its run on Saturday with a 25-19, 25-14, victory over Kamehameha Kapalama.

The Oilers, ranked No. 5 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, won by sweep in three of their six matches. They started the tournament with wins against Hawaiian schools Kamehameha Big Island (25-18, 25-23) and Kaiser (25-23, 25-15). The next three matches went three sets with the Oilers defeating Highland (Arizona), 25-19, 21-25, 25-15, Bellflower St. John Bosco, 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, and Kamehameha Kapalama, 25-19, 20-25, 25-14.

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St. John Bosco is ranked seventh in Division 1.

"Andrew TenBrink had a great match, as he was unstoppable in the middle," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said of the senior middle blocker/outside hitter's performance in Saturday's title game. "We played very smooth for the entire match. The passing allowed Matt [Butler] to run the offense to perfection.

"This was the first time all year that we have had our entire roster healthy and available for action. It was good to see us playing with passion and intensity all week."

Local teams resumed league play this week. In Sunset League matches Friday, Huntington travels to Edison (5:30 p.m.), and Marina plays host to Fountain Valley (5:30 p.m.). In Golden West League action, Ocean View is on the road at Orange (4:30 p.m.).

Softball

Both Marina and Edison competed earlier in the week at the Woodbridge Classic, which concludes Saturday.

Marina, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, was impressive in its opener Saturday, a 9-1 win over Hart. Pitcher Tera Blanco threw a one-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks in five innings. Blanco, who improved to 13-1, also went two for two, walked, and had three runs batted in on offense. Keala Cordeiro went two for three with three RBIs, Emily Olague went two for three, Sydney McCollum hit a home run and Sydnee Cable had a hit and RBI.

On Monday, Marina had its nine-game win streak snapped by El Modena which shut out the Vikings, 4-0. It was the first loss for the Vikings (13-2) since March 12.

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