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High School Roundup: Oilers open league with two wins

Huntington Beach girls' volleyball edges Newport Harbor and sweeps Fountain Valley to start Sunset League play.

October 09, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / HB…)

After two matches, Huntington Beach High and Los Alamitos have taken the early lead in the Sunset League girls' volleyball title race.

The Oilers on Tuesday went to 2-0 in league by sweeping host Fountain Valley, 25-9, 25-23, 25-3. Senior setter/opposite Kendra Koelsch had three kills and seven blocks, junior defensive specialist Julia Hennekam seven aces, and senior outside hitter Katie Lespier six kills and eight digs for the Oilers.

The win put Huntington at 18-4 overall.

Fountain Valley slipped to 0-2 in league.

"We came out focused tonight," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "We've been working on a couple different lineups, and things started to click tonight. In sets one and three, we played very clean. I'd like to see more of that as we move toward the end of the season."

Huntington had started its Sunset League campaign Oct. 3 and rallied for a 24-26, 25-27, 25-17, 25-21, 15-12 win over Newport Harbor. Koelsch and senior middle blocker/opposite Cheyenne Rankin had 15 kills each, senior middle blocker Ally Forsberg and sophomore middle blocker Samantha Brennan had 13 kills each, and sophomore setter Rachel Hall had 38 assists.

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"We had a real balanced effort with four girls with double-digit kills," Pazanti said. "It would have been easy for us to give up after being down, 0-2, but I give our girls a lot of credit for continuing to fight against a good team."

The two wins kept Huntington in pace with Los Alamitos. The Griffins, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1AA, also are 2-0 after winning by sweep Tuesday at Marina, 25-7, 25-8, 25-5. Junior outside hitter Tiffany Bagley had four kills for the Vikings, who fell to 0-2 in league and 6-10 overall.

"Despite the scores of the match, I was proud of how the girls stayed together as a team and continued to compete against one of the best teams in CIF," Marina Coach Rob Kijewski said.

In a Sunset opener Oct. 3, Edison defeated Marina, 25-21, 25-22, 25-10. Senior opposite Marissa Stubbs had eight kills for Marina.

Edison suffered its first league loss Tuesday, 25-20, 14-25, 25-22, 18-25, 12-15, at Newport Harbor (1-1).

In Sunset games Thursday, Huntington plays host to Marina (5:45 p.m.), and Fountain Valley travels to Newport Harbor (5:30 p.m.).

The Sunset League leader could be established Wednesday when Huntington travels to face Los Alamitos (5:45 p.m.).

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