A quick rundown on the CIF volleyball semifinals

Five area teams are still in the hunt for a CIF volleyball title.  Here’s a list of the games and something on each.

DIVISION 2
Chino Hills (24-6) at Irvine Beckman (24-11) – The Huskies are the Baseline League champion and advanced to the semifinal with a quarterfinal upset of N. 3 seed Orange Lutheran. Senior Alexis Cardoza, whos has committed to Cal State San Bernardino, leads the team in kills (278) and is second in digs (265). The other notable standout is Utah commit Kenzie Koerber (217 kills), also a senior. Beckman was the third-place team in the Paciofic Coast League. It advanced with a 3-0 win over the No. 2 seed El Dorado.

DIVISION 4
Claremont (20-7) at Sierra Canyon (28-3) –
The second-seeded Wolfpack come in with a nine-match win streak. They beat Glendora in the regular season finale to earn a share of the Palomares League title, the school’s first in the sport in 18 years. Senior Simone Bliss boasts a team-high 201 kills. USC commit Emilee Rohrer is second (177). The catalyst of the offense is setter Kyle Robinson who has committed to Oregon. Daniel Reighter, the team’s sixth coach in as many years, does also got to a 6-2 offense with Merisa Marquez the other setter. Sierra Canyon, the Gold Coast League champion, is the third seed. The Trailblazers are led by 6-2 sophomore May Pertofsky (377 kills) and senior Cameron Antoine Dillon (259 kills, 103 blocks).

DIVISION 7
Riverside Notre Dame (26-9) at Ontario Christian (20-5) –
The teams are no stranger to each other, coming out of the same league. Ironically Notre Dame was only the third-place finisher in league and Ontario Christian the fourth. Notre Dame won both regular season matches 3-1 and 3-2 (15-12 in fifth). Sophomore Annaka Jorgenson (388 kills, 177 digs) is the dominant offensive weapon for the Knights. Notre Dame is more balanced with three players boasting 200 or more kills.

Division 8
Pomona Catholic (24-7) at Grace Brethren (19-6) –
The Pacers are the third seed, with Grace Brethren the second. Pomona Catholic was only the fourth-place finisher in its league but the top team teams were ranked 1-2 in Division 7. Junior Franki Piloto is the offensive leader. Grace was the second-place team out of the Tri-Valley League. The Lancers are balanced, with three players boasting 150 or more kills and another at 110.

Division 9
Capistrano Valley Christian at Upland Christian (26-3) –
The second-seeded Eagles were CIF champion and state runner-up last year and have mounted a nice run despite losing their top two players from that team. Freshman Jenna Holmes (371 kills) has been a key newcomer. She is the younger sister of one of the graduated players Rachel Holmes. Junior Makenna Lundquist (218 kills) has also excelled.  CVC, Co-Champion in the Express League, is the third seed. Sophomore rightside hitter Keara Rutz is the marquee player.

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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.

DIVISION 4
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,

DIVISION 5
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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Three local volleyball teams moving on to state

The CIF Southern Section volleyball championships are complete. But three teams have earned the right to advance to the state portion of the competition.

Alta Loma and Summit will compete in Division IV. The Braves (29-8), who lost the Division 4AA title match to Santa Barbara Laguna Blanca, have earned the 4 seed and will be at home on Tuesday against N. 5 Sierra (32-3), the Central Section champion.

Summit (22-4), which lost the Division 4A final to Desert, will be on the road to play at No. 1 Laguna Blanca, to whom Alta Loma just lost.

In Division 5, Upland Christian (24-7) has drawn the top seed and will be at home against Madison (15-8), out of the San Diego Section. Upland Christian defeated Santa Clarita Christian for the Southern Section Division 5AA championship Friday night.

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