High School Roundup: Oilers score key win

Huntington Beach takes host Newport Harbor in four sets to remain in first place, tied with Los Alamitos.

October 23, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The Huntington Beach High girls' volleyball team completed a Sunset League swept of Newport Harbor Tuesday by defeating the host Sailors, 24-26, 26-24, 25-18, 25-21.

Kendra Koelsch had 19 kills, Ally Forsberg, Sam Brennan, Cheyenne Rankin, and Katie Lespier each had nine kills, Gianna Guinasso had 19 digs, and Rachel Hall 38 assists for Huntington which kept a piece of first place in the league standings.

Huntington, which improved to 21-5 overall, is 5-1 in league and tied for first with Los Alamitos.

The Oilers previously defeated the Sailors in an Oct. 3 league opener.

"It was a great team effort," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "Rachel [Hall] ran a balanced offense, and we had key contributions from everyone.

"It's always good to get a win at Newport Harbor. Danny Glenn is a great coach, and he always has his teams ready to play. I hope we can build on this win, and carry it over to the rest of the season."


In a previous league match Friday, Koelsch had 10 kills, Rankin, Forsberg and Lespier nine kills apiece, and Guinasso 10 digs, as Huntington swept visiting Edison, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19.

In a key, Oct. 16 match at Los Alamitos, the Oilers fell to the Griffins, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section 1-AA Division, 24-26, 18-25, 25-19, 18-25. Rankin had 16 kills and three blocks, and Koelsch had 13 kills.

In other Sunset League matches Tuesday, Edison swept Marina, and Fountain Valley was swept by Los Alamitos.

Edison scored a 25-10, 25-6, 25-6 win over visiting Marina. Outside hitter Tatum Holdaway had 10 kills and setter Kerry Doran had 25 assists for the Chargers who improved to 2-4 in league.

Senior opposite Marissa Stubbs had seven kills for the Vikings (0-6 in league).

"We struggled in serve-receive and were never able to effectively run an offense," Marina Coach Rob Kijewski said.

In Sunset League matches at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Edison plays host to Newport Harbor, Huntington is at home against Fountain Valley, and Marina travels to Los Alamitos.

In recent Golden West League action, Ocean View split recent matches with Segerstrom and Westminster.

In an Oct. 16 match at Segerstrom, the host Jaguars posted a 25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20 win over the Seahawks, who are ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division 4-AA. Leota Conye had nine kills, Treasure Robinson had six kills, and Tobi Salzman 13 digs in the loss.

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