Redlands’ 6-foot-11 senior water polo/volleyball player, Cal Mende, has signed his National Letter of Intent for volleyball, to Penn State. Above, he talks about playing water polo.
From the Penn State media release:
“Mende is a two-sport athlete, playing both volleyball and water polo. Coached by Mark Mina, Mende plays club volleyball for Oasis VBC and serves as the goalie on the water polo squad at Redlands. Mende was recently honored as one of four recipients of the Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) Outstanding Student Athlete awards.
Coach Pavlik on Mende: “Cal gives us a blend of size, skill and intelligence. As a left handed opposite, I think he’ll be able to elevate his game in order to provide what’s needed at this level of play. Coming in as a multi-sport athlete will also serve him well during his career here.”
As far as San Bernardino County teams go, here is what we have left for Tuesday and Wednesday CIF-SS semifinals in girls volleyball and boys water polo
Matches 7 p.m. except where indicated
No. 1 Alta Loma at No. 4 Garden Grove
No. 4 Summit at No. 1 Cate, 6 p.m.
unseeded Upland Christian at No. 3 Faith Baptist
Unseeded University Prep at winner of Monday’s match between Lake Arrowhead Christian and Tarbut V’Torah
No. 3 Excelsior at unseeded AAE
Boys water polo
No. 3 Los Osos vs. No. 2 Dana Hills at Woollett Aquatic Center, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Claremont vs. No. 4 Redlands at Diamond Bar HS, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Rowland vs. No. 2 Don Lugo at Mt. San Antonio College, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills’ Janessa Thropay spikes against St. Lucy’s last Month
Saturday’s games involving San Bernardino County teams
All matches 7 p.m. except where indicated
Chino Hills at Villa Park, 6 p.m.
Sage Hill at Rim of the World
Hemet at Loma Linda Academy
Alta Loma at St. Anthony
Katella at Summit
Buckley at Upland Christian
West Shores at University Prep
Tarbut V’Torah at Lake Arrowhead Christian, Monday 5:30 p.m.
Excelsior at Hesperia Christian
Immanuel Christian at AAE
Boys Water polo
Dos Pueblos at Los Osos, noon
Riverside Poly vs. Redlands at Citrus Valley HS, 2 p.m.
La Serna at Ayala, 11:45 a.m.
Don Lugo at Oxnard, 11 a.m.
Girls volleyball and boys water polo will be playing CIF-SS quarterfinals on Saturday.
In all, 11 girls volleyball teams from San Bernardino County have advanced to the quarterfinals, with five of them in Division 5A.
Seeded county teams remaining include No. 3 Chino Hills in 1A, No. 1 Alta Loma in 4AA, No. 4 Summit in 4A, and No. 4 Lake Arrowhead Christian, No. 3 Excelsior and No. 2 AAE in 5A. Also advancing were Rim of the World (3AA), Loma Linda Academy (3A), Upland Christian (5AA) and University Prep and Hesperia Christian (5A)
Lake Arrowhead Christian is the lone area team not playing Saturday, and instead will play Irvine Tarbut V’Torah on Monday. Teams are vying for a chance to advance to Tuesday’s CIF-SS semifinals.
In water polo, there are four county teams remaining: Los Osos (No. 3 seed in Division 2), No. 4 Redlands and unseeded Ayala (Division 5) and Don Lugo NO. 2 in Division 7).