Two local volleyball teams still battling for state honors

The state playoffs continue on Saturday. We have two local left. Here is more on them.

Alta Loma (30-8) vs. Laguna Blanca (18-8), at Dos Pueblos HS, 7 p.m.: Who doesn’t want a shot at redemption and the Braves will get just that. This is a rematch of the CIF Division 4AA Southern Sectional a week ago won by Laguna 3-2 after Alta Loma squandered a 2-1 lead. The Braves were the state runner-up a year ago but only have two players back form that team which had been though all the pressure packed matches imagineable, Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Oddo, one of the two holdovers from that team, has been the marquee player for the Braves. The other is senior MB Kylie Szczepanski. Junior Jada Sharpe is second on the team in kills. Laguna Blanca boasts a young team as well with just three seniors. Phoebe Madsen, one of the seniors, is the Owls top player,

at Upland Christian (25-7) vs. Pasadena St. Monica (25-4-2), at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.: The Eagles are the top seed after winning the Division 5AA Southern Section championship by outlasting Santa Clarita Christian a week ago. Upland Christian, which has won nine of its last 10 matches, is led by the duo of senior hitter-blocker Rachel Holmes and sophomore hitter-setter Brooke Madkin. St. Monica was the Division 5A champion, winning 3-2 over Tarbut V’Torah in the title match and comes in riding a 12-match win streak.

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