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High School Roundup

Huntington Beach remains the team to beat as it wins its 25th straight match.

April 16, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Top-ranked Huntington Beach ran its Sunset League win streak to 25 straight Friday by disposing of host Los Alamitos.

The Oilers, minus starter TJ DeFalco, dropped the first set, 24-26, but rose to the challenge to win the next three sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-20, to cap the first-round of league play at 5-0.

Brenden Sander had 22 kills for the Oilers, ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

Huntington has won 44-consecutive matches, and is 20-0 on the season.

"It was good to see how we performed after losing the first set," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "We were playing without TJ (DeFalco), who was in Puerto Rico representing USA Volleyball for the World Olympic Beach Qualifying Tournament. So, it was great to see the other guys step up in his absence."

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The Oilers hold a two-game lead on the rest of their Sunset League competitors with five games to go. They start the second round of league play next Tuesday at Newport Harbor.

Huntington swept the Sailors in the team's first meeting March 28.

"I'm happy we are unbeaten through the first half of the league," Pazanti said. "However, I think our best volleyball is still ahead of us. We are getting healthy and hopefully, will be at full strength as we make the final push for this season.

"We have had a different starting lineup for each of our five league games so far. I think as we start to create some consistency, we will continue to get better."

In other Sunset League action Friday, Edison swept rival Fountain Valley, 25-19, 26-24, 25-13. The Chargers play at Marina and the Barons take on Fountain Valley when league play resumes Tuesday .

In a Golden West League match, Ocean View won by sweep against visiting Loara, 25-22, 27-25, 25-22. Tristan Wenschlag and Kory Wills had 14 and 10 kills, respectively, and Ryan Hernandez had 14 digs for the Seahawks.

Ocean View and Loara meet again at 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Loara to start the second-half of league play.

Boys' Tennis

Ocean View and Loara battled to a 9-9 tie score but the Seahawks took the victory based on total games won, 76-61, in Golden West League play.

Ocean View's Liam Shweyk, Khang Vo and Jacob Azoulay swept all nine singles sets, dropping only five games. The doubles sets were swept by the Saxons but the Ocean View teams of Andy Vieyra/Spencer Hagaman and Angel Abrego/Victor Padilla, fought to take two their sets to a tie-breaker, giving the Seahawks the margin for victory on the game count.

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