This week’s CIF-SS girls volleyball rankings. Four of the top 7 in Division 3A are from the Ambassador League:
Many of the top girls volleyball teams in the CIF Southern Section will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the 64-team Durango Fall Classic, which will be held at four high schools.
TX Body: And several of the top teams from San Bernardino County will be there, including preseason Sun Top 10 teams Redlands East Valley, Chino Hills and Rim of the World. Los Osos is a fourth county team in the tournament.
“I’m interested to see how we compete against bigger schools.” Rim coach Linda Pattison said.
All three of the county ranked teams, could end up facing each other if the seedings hold.
All three are seeded third in their four-team pool, so if they all went 1-2 in their pools on Friday they’d have a chance to play each other in Classic qualifying round Saturday morning or in the Classic Division Bracket or Contenter Division Bracket later on Saturday.
Rim is the highest seeded of the four county teams, seeded 40th overall, followed by REV (43rd), Chino Hills (47th) and Los Osos (57th). Los Osos is seeded fourth in its pool.
Pattison said Rim’s 14-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12 win last week over REV improved the Scots’ seeding for the tournament.
“It moved us up more than it moved them down,” she said.
Rim’s win also did a lot for her team beyond tournament seeding.
“REV’s a good team and it shows we’re capable of beating a team like that,” she said.
In the match, Pattison said middle blocker Tia MacGuire, who Pattison did not expect to play due to an ankle injury, provided a big lift by playing in Sets 3, 4 and 5. They also had regular standouts Maddie Newcombe and Chloe Castillo (17 kills).
Rim usually schedules a tough preseason, so beating REV could help Rim in this tournament, in REV’s tournament Oct. 17 or in the CIF-SS playoffs.
Rim will play Honolulu ‘Iolani, Vista Murrieta and Los Osos in pool play on Friday.
I just spoke with the new Aquinas girls volleyball coach, Victoria Cachapero. I didn’t know until recently that former coaches Sara Rice and Jessica Granados left the school to coach at Beaumont. Cachapero is a Redlands High grad who in recent years coached at Eisenhower and Grand Terrace.
She told me that the team is currently displaced as the gym undergoes renovations. The team plays on the road to start the season and won’t be back in the until “early October” according to athletic director Chris Ybarra. The Falcons have been having to practice at other gyms, including Loma Linda Academy, to prepare for the season.
“It’s going to be much more modern with team rooms,: Ybarra said. Ybarra said there will be an expansion of the gym later this year.
They won’t be at home until October, so the volleyball team’s Ambassador League schedule will be backloaded with home games. It will be interesting to see how that affects Aquinas in the playoff race. Last year, Aquinas finished second behind Woodcrest Christian, and just ahead of Loma Linda Academy. LLA is No. 6 in my preseason poll, while Aquinas is unranked. Aquinas could find its way into the top 10, led by sejnior MBs Indira Page and Michaella Elad and senior OH Kristen Goggin as well as promising freshman OH Eliana Chavira.
For better or for worse, here’s my Sun Preseason Girls Volleyball Top 10
A more detailed list is here: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20150901/the-suns-high-school-volleyball-preseason-top-10
1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (22-9 last year)
2. CHINO HILLS (27-7)
3. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (26-4)
4. YUCAIPA (18-11)
5. CITRUS VALLEY (20-7)
6. LOMA LINDA ACADEMY (20-5)
7. SERRANO (23-4)
8. RIM OF THE WORLD (18-10)
9. ALTA LOMA (33-3)
10. SUMMIT (15-7)
Others receiving consideration: Aquinas (18-5), Fontana (19-4).
From Michelle Gardner:
Rancho Cucamonga High School girls volleyball standout Maegan Casillas has made a verbal commitment to UC Riverside.
The 6-foot middle blocker was also considering Cal Baptist, La Sierra and San Diego Christian. She preferred to stay in the area but was also familiar with the school.
“I went to a summer camp there and I learned a lot from the coaches,” she said. “I felt at home and really liked the atmosphere there.”
Casillas, a three-year varsity player for the Cougars, managed 43 blocks in helping her team to a second-place finish in the Baseline League.
From Michelle Gardner:
Alta Loma girls volleyball coach Tishanna Pope is among the 2014 Southern Section Fall Coaches of the Year honored by the California Coaches’ Association.
These winners will be submitted to the state as finalists for the California Coaches’ Association State Coaches of the Year announced in June of 2015.
Pope, a graduate of Alta Loma, has been at the school since 2003, the last nine years as the head coach. As the head coach, her teams have gone 148-119.
The Braves are coming off the best season in school history, having gone 36-3, winning the Southern Section title and advancing all the way to the Southern California finals in Division 4.
Pope already earned CIF-SS honors as Coach of Year in Division 4AA. She was also the Sun’s Coach of the Year.
TX Body: Also up for the overall award are Luis Flores (Montebello boys water polo), Tyree Cruz (Ventura boys cross country), Ken Sayles (Capistrano Valley girls cross country), Matt Logan (Corona Centennial football), Ann McClung (Notre Dame girls golf), Brian Ricker (Corona Del Mar girls tennis) and Jim Brumm (Santa Ana boys water polo).
All-Sunkist League girls volleyball 2014
JORDON WILSON- SUMMIT
JANE FALOU- FONTANA
ALYSSA BURKE- FONTANA
EMILY FABURRIETA- FONTANA
ARIAH MULLER- FONTANA
RYLIE STEWART- FONTANA
KIERA THOMAS- SUMMIT
MADELINE GARCIA- SUMMIT
LISA ARMS- SUMMIT
LORELLE KENNEDY- SUMMIT
SKYLER LEWIS- GRAND TERRACE
REGAN HOSKIN- GRAND TERRACE
RACHEL PENI- COLTON
HEAVEN MARIN- COLTON
BEATRIZ ARELLANO- FONTANA
HAILEY TANNER- FONTANA
JORDAN MIXON- SUMMIT
KEISHA SMITH- SUMMIT
LAUREN MASON- KAISER
SIERRA BECERRA- KAISER
ALLEAH ALLEN- BLOOMINGTON
INGRID LOPEZ- BLOOMINGTON
EMILY GALLEGOS- COLTON
SOFIA URIBE- COLTON
JESSI LEWIS- GRAND TERRACE
LINDSEY LEMOS- GRAND TERRACE
Aeryn Owens of Alta Loma hits shot against Sonora in state title game.
All CIF selections are out in volleyball and the area is heavily represented. Here are the list of San Bernardino County girls chosen:
Meghan Buzzerio, Chino Hills
Sascha Dominique, Redlands East Valley
Kylie Miller, Rancho Cucamonga
Madison Newcombe, Rim of the World
Kayla Redfield, Loma Linda
Player of the Year: Aeryn Owens, Alta Loma
Coach of Year: Tishanna Pope/Cindy Gurney, Alta Loma
Breanna Golsch, Alta Loma
Kristen Sanchez, Alta Loma
Jordon Wilson, Summit
Rachel Holmes, Upland Chr.
Brooke Madkin, Upland Chr.
Player of Year: Emily Curtin, Lake Arrowhead Chr.
Coach of Year: Steven Rutz, Lake Arrowhead Chr.