Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos to play in San Diego volleyball tournament

Rancho Cucamonga’s Abby Salmon celebrates a point against St. Lucy’s at Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Thursday, September 29, 2016. Rancho Cucamonga Defeated St. Lucy’s 25-10, 25-12, 25-22. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The volleyball teams from Rancho Cucamonga and Los Osos will participate in the California Challenge hosted by Torrey Pines at Alliant University in San Diego.

There are 32 teams, separated into eight pools. Each team will play three best-of-three pool play matches on Friday. Rancho Cucamonga is in the same pool with Ironwood (Ariz.), Harvard-Westlake and La Jolla while Los Osos is in a pool with La Costa Canyon, Trabuco and Notre Dame.

Among the other teams in the event are Santa Margarita, Mater Dei and San Juan Hills – the top three teams in Southern Section Division 1.

Rancho played in the event last year and placed third. It lost to eventual winner Torry Pines in the semifinal.

“It’s a good tournament. There are a lot of teams from out of state so you get to see other teams,” Cougars coach Aaron Flores said. “Our pool should be very competitive.”

First things first though. Both teams have Baseline League matches today. Rancho will be at Chino Hills while Los Osos will play at Upland.

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