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High School Roundup: Oilers, OV sweep, advance

Koelsch leads HB, Newman leads Seahawks to first-round victories in CIF Southern Section playoffs.

November 13, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Huntington Beach High and Ocean View are moving forward in the CIF Southern Section girls' volleyball playoffs.

Both the Oilers and Seahawks picked up first-round home victories Tuesday. The Oilers, the second-place team from the Sunset League, did so by sweeping Mission Viejo (South Coast League No. 3), 25-19, 25-8, 25-15, in a Division 1-AA game. The Seahawks, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League, eliminated Chaffey (Mt. Baldy League No. 3), 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, in Division 4-AA.

Fountain Valley, an at-large entry to the Division 1-AA playoffs, fell in its first-round match Tuesday, 25-17, 25-11, 25-15, to Trinity League champ and fifth-ranked Orange Lutheran.

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In Huntington's sweep, Kendra Koelsch had eight kills and eight blocks, Katie Lespier seven kills and five aces, and Ashley Stevens had 14 digs.

"It's always nice to start the playoffs at home," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "I think the girls felt comfortable, and that allowed us to really play well. It was the best we've played defensively all year. I'm hoping we can continue to stay relaxed and keep it rolling Thursday."

The Oilers, who improved to 25-6, play host to Mater Dei (Trinity League No. 2), in a 7 p.m. second-round match Thursday.

The Monarchs swept Temecula Valley (Southwestern League No. 3), 25-15, 25-12, 25-12, Tuesday.

"Mater Dei is a great team, and a great volleyball program," Pazanti said. "I know they will be prepared, but so will we. I'm anticipating a great match from both teams."

The teams also met last year in the second round, a match won by Mater Dei.

In Ocean View's win against Chaffey, Jaty Newman had 26 kills, Juliana Schat 13 kills and 27 digs, Tobi Salzman 26 digs, Leota Coyne six kills and 18 digs, and Brennan Cutrell had 40 assists as the Seahawks (14-8) advanced to a Thursday second-round matchup at top-seeded Hemet, which had a first-round bye.

"We did a pretty good job keeping the momentum on our side," Ocean View Coach Seth Cutrell said. "After losing Game 2, we continued to fight and didn't give up. Our girls played great [Tuesday night]."

The division quarterfinals are Saturday, and semifinals are Tuesday.

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Edison received an at-large bid to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, and the Chargers on Tuesday made the most of their chance by rallying in the second half at El Toro (South Coast League No. 3) to defeat the Chargers, 16-10.

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