CIF State girls volleyball playoffs: St. Monica advances, La Salle, Alverno come up short

Alverno’s Ali Peterson (3) covers her face as Jessica Hamilton (C) (23) walks away as Calvin Christian scores late in the third game of a CIF State volleyball playoff match at Pasadena High School on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. Calvin Christian won 25-23, 26-24, 25-14. (Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Calvin Christian def. Alverno, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14
There will be no CIF State girls volleyball championship for Alverno High School.
But two days removed from making history with the school’s first CIF-Southern Section title, the host Jaguars weren’t exactly fretting after dropping a 25-23, 26-24, 25-14 setback to Calvin Christian, of Escondido, in a Southern California Regional Division V first-round match Tuesday at Pasadena High School.
Christina DenBoer had 15 kills and Brooke Bell added nine to lead the Crusaders, who improved to 25-7 and advanced to Saturday’s second round against St. Monica Academy.
Alverno, getting 14 kills from Jessica Hamilton and 17 assists from Asia Chapa, finished 20-4. The Jaguars, who beat Pomona Catholic for the 5AA Division title on Saturday, lost their first sets of the postseason.
Alverno coach Brent Fabbri: “I just finished telling my girls to forget about this (match). We had one goal this year, and it was to win (a CIF-SS title). I’m proud of my girls. I give it to (Calvin). They are young and they’re good. But we had them in (the first two sets). I’m not disappointed at all. We came into this (match) not nervous, because we accomplished what we set out to. We’re a proud school.”
St. Monica def. Minarets, 25-16, 26-24, 26-28, 25-22
Solid defense propelled St. Monica Academy to the second round of the CIF State Division V playoffs.
The Crusaders rallied from two game-point deficits in the second game and also had two match points in the third game, but could not close it out.
The Crusaders travel to Escondido to play Calvin Christian on Saturday.
Caitlin Hall had close to 30 kills for St. Monica, which lost in the CIF-SS Division 5A title match.
Clovis West def. La Salle, 19-25, 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 15-11
The Lancers ended their season with a loss to Central Section champion Clovis West. La Salle, getting 16 kills from Haley DeSailes, finished 34-3. Riley Spriestersbach had 12 kills, Katrina Palffy seven, Alyssa Tavera 40 assists and Caroline Knop 40 digs for the Lancers, who won the school’s first CIF-SS volleyball title on Saturday, defeating El Dorado for the 1A championship.

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