It seems every coach that wins a CIF Southern Section title laments the difficulty in getting a team back up again to start the state playoffs.
Alta Loma volleyball coach Tishanna Pope now faces that challenge after her team cruised to a Division 4AA title.
The Braves (33-2) have won 22 straight matches, the most recent being a 3-0 sweep of La Reina on Friday in the title tilt.
The Braves are the top seed for the Division 4 Southern California Region portion of the state playoffs which start Tuesday. Alta Loma will host Kingsburg at 7 p.m. in their state playoff opener. Since they’re the No. 1 seed they’ll play at home until they’re eliminated or get to the state title match which is on a neutral court.
“They just want to keep playing,” Pope said. “They like each other so much and just don’t want the season to end. They’re like, ‘Why not keep playing,?’
Jurupa Hills’ Michael Teran, above, en route to winning the CIF-SS Division 2 title
Here are results from CIF-SS cross country finals
Top 7 teams and 5 individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to CIF State Championships
Division 1 boys winner: Burbank Burroughts (70)
Qualified: Alta Loma’s Koby Pederson 7th (15:10) as an individual
Did not qualify: 15. Chino Hills 324
Division 2 boys winner: Ventura 83
Qualified: 1. Jurupa Hills 101 (top runner: 1. Michael Teran 14:44)
4. Claremont 136 (top runner: 10. Mike Lowrie 15:09)
Ayala’s Christian Barajas 15th (15:17) as an individual
Did not qualify: 10. Ayala 264, 13. Colony 292.
Division 3 boys winner: Brea Olinda 44
Qualified: Bonita’s Dillon Beckum 7th (15:11) as an individual
Did not qualify: None
Division 4 boys winner: Bishop Amat 90
Did not qualify: None
Division 5 boys winner: Xavier Prep 65
Qualified: Ontario Christian’s Jakob Eichor 17th (16:11) as an individual
Did not qualify: 14. Ontario Christian 307, 16. Webb 373
Division 1 girls winner: Great Oak 20
Did not qualify: 16. Rancho Cucamonga 364
Chino Hills’ Grace Staton 18th (18:20) as an individual
Division 2 girls winner: Saugus 81
Qualified: 7. Claremont 175 (top runner: 23. Tess Rounds 18:12)
Did not qualify: 16. Ayala 361
Summit’s Jennifer Sandoval 31st (18:24) as an individual
Division 3 girls winner: Palos Verdes 80
Did not qualify: 15. Bonita 320
Division 4 girls winner: Bishop Amat 63
Qualified: San Dimas’ Trinity Ruelas 6th (18:25) as an individual
Did not qualify: 12. St. Lucy’s 268.
Division 5 girls winner: Flintridge Prep 36
Qualified: Pomona Catholic’s Kassandra Martinez 13th (19:40) as an individual
Did not qualify: 11. Pomona Catholic 267.