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Sand Volleyball: Mixing it up in the sand

Edison, Huntington Beach making most of inaugural sand volleyball season.

May 08, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Zoran Forgiarini and Suzy Mathieson held first serve, with hopes that others would follow.

Forgiarini, the surfing and frosh/soph football coach at Edison High, and Mathieson, who coached girls' junior varsity volleyball, varsity softball and JV golf for the Chargers, learned last year of a girls' prep sand (beach) club volleyball league. The two coaches teamed to create the club sport of girls' sand volleyball at Edison, forming it with a roster of 15 players.

The Chargers, many of whom played indoor girls' volleyball during the fall 2012 CIF Southern Section season, then went to work on fundamentals and figuring out their two-player teams format during workouts at Newland Street at Huntington State Beach. The twice-a-week practices helped prepare the Chargers for their inaugural season in the Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League, which was formed through the Southern Pacific Volleyball Committee and Amateur Athletic Union.

"We were excited to get things started, and the girls have had a blast," Forgiarini said. "It's hard to believe that we are near the end of our first season already."

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The 2013 IBVL started with match competition on March 16 and the five-week regular season concluded on April 20. Edison wasn't the only local school to put a club team in the league. Huntington Beach High also competed in its maiden year in the league, and the Chargers and Oilers are part of the Orange Division of the Southern Conference that also includes Saddleback Valley Christian, Foothill and El Camino Real.

Both Huntington and Edison have qualified for the postseason playoffs, the Oilers, by winning the Orange Division with a 10-0 record, the Chargers, by virtue of a 5-5 finish that earned them third place.

The IBVL is played during the spring sports season. The league has grown from its eight-team season last year, to include 30 teams, both varsity and junior varsity level squads. The charter schools are Valencia Valencia, Mira Costa, Harvard-Westlake, Palos Verdes, Marymount, El Segundo and Marlborough from the CIF Southern Section, and Carson from the CIF Los Angeles City Section.

The league is divided into six divisions composed of five schools each, and includes schools from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange counties.

The 2013 season is the first to include Orange County schools. Sage Hill, the fifth Orange County school in the league, competes in the Coastal Division of the Northern Conference.

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