CIF-SS girls volleyball pairings released

The CIF-SS girls volleyball playoff pairings came out on Saturday.
Rim of the World is the only county team to get a seed, nabbing the No. 1 seed for 3A, while Citrus Belt League champion Yucaipa got a draw worthy of its No. 6 ranking in 1A.
Here is a list of matchups involving county teams:
All matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Monday’s Matches
Division 1A Wild Card

Fontana at Great Oak.
Tuesday’s First-round matches

Fontana/Great Oak winner at No. 1 Marymount
Rancho Cucamonga at San Luis Obispo
Redlands East Valley at Anaheim Canyon
Notre Dame Academy at Los Osos
Villa Park at Yucaipa
Redlands at Upland
Oak Hills at Corona Santiago
South Hills at Serrano
Chino Hills at Paloma Valley
Apple Valley at San Marino
Granite Hills at No. 1 Chadwick
San Bernardino at Mayfair
Eastside at Cajon
Victor Valley at Arroyo Valley
San Gorgonio at Cypress
Webb at Silverado
Highland at Cerritos
Morro Bay at No. 2 Pasadena Poly
Pomona at No. 1 Rim of the World
Alhambra at Ontario Christian
Arrowhead Christian at Valley View
Brentwood at Citrus Valley
Aquinas at Campbell Hall
Thacher at Colony
Summit at Desert Hot Springs
Chino at No. 4 Sage Hill
Don Lugo at Cate
Big Bear at Patriot
Yucca Valley, bye
Segerstrom at Ontario.
[Upland Christian at La Puente
Eastside Christian at Excelsior Education Center
West Shores at Mesa Grande Academy
Boron at Lake Arrowhead Christian
Redlands Adventist at Vasquez
Hesperia Christian at Temecula Prep
Public Safety Academy at Victor Valley Christian
Baptist Christian at Silver Valley
Academy of Careers at Baker Valley

All-De Anza League volleyball team

Offensive Player of the Year: Lindsay Sullivan, Yucca Valley
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittany Candelaria, Twentynine Palms

First Team
Shannen Bruinsma, L, Big Bear
Carolan McCollough, S, Big Bear
Vanessa Burgos, OPP, Desert Hot Springs
Sarah DeLao, DS, Desert Mirage
Daisy Gomez, S, Shadow Hills
Naomi Leutu, OH, Twentynine Palms
Sierra Peterson, L, Twentynine Palms
Taylor Adair, MH, Yucca Valley
Liz Slaughter, L, Yucca Valley
Kaitlyn Wooling, S, Yucca Valley

Second Team
Carly Jo Reeves, OH, Big Bear
Brianna Moore, MH, Desert Hot Springs
Francis Vargas, MB, Desert Mirage
Emily Gregory, OPP, Shadow Hills
Alex Herrerra, M, Twentynine Palms
Catherine Mount, OH, Twentynine Palms
Courtney Del Guidice, DS, Yucca Valley
Allesa Peterson, OH, Yucca Valley
Whitney Rodriguez, OPP, Yucca Valley

Honorable Mention
Kelsey Davis, OPP, Big Bear
Savannah Seltzer, OH, Desert Hot Springs
Rosa Gutierrez, OH, Desert Mirage
Brooke Greenup, OH, Shadow Hills
Johnette Brown, MB, Twentynine Palms
Sarah Terreri, OH, Yucca Valley

Summit, Patriot to face off for Sunkist League volleyball crown

Many of the county volleyball leagues have already been decided, but the Sunkist League has a big match today at 4:30 p.m., as Summit travels to Riverside Patriot to play for the Sunkist League title.

Both the SkyHawks (15-7 overall) and the Warriors (16-9-2) have identical 8-1 records in league, with Patriot winning four matches in a row since a four-game loss to Summit Oct. 19. The Warriors were ranked No. 12 in the latest CIF-SS Division 4-AA poll. The SkyHawks come in having won three in a row, with their lone loss in league coming in a five-game setback to Jurupa Valley Oct. 21.

Roenicke gets gold in Turkey

Los Osos graduate Tara Roenicke, along with partner Summer Ross, took home the gold medal at the Under-21 Beach Volleyball World Championships earlier today in Alanya, Turkey. The duo took out the Italian team of Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth in three games – 19-21, 26-24 and 15-13 – in a 74-minute match to win the title.

The gold marks the second for Roenicke in international play, as she combined with Ross to win the gold for the United States at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival in January 2009. The article highlighting her most recent achievement can be read here.

Live from CIF volleyball

Just made it to Cypress College for the CIF volleyball championships. I’ll be trying to do three things at once – cover two volleyball championship games (DIII-AA between Bonita and Los Altos and DII-AA between Redlands East Valley and Corona del Mar), live blog at them and still watch parts of the Michigan-Ohio State football game online.

The third is looking to be tough, as they have us in some bird’s nest atop the gym where internet access is spotty. Only a few minutes away from Bonita-Los Altos.

Roenicke named U.S. flag bearer

Los Osos senior volleyball player Tara Roenicke was chosen to be the flag bearer for the United States at the opening ceremonies of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, which starts Wednesday in Sydney, Australia. The Youth Olympic Festival will host 1,500 athletes from 25 other countries.

This is the second international beach volleyball event for Roenicke, a 5-foot-11 senior who has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Houston, since July and the third of her illustrious career. She is partnered with Summer Ross of Carlsbad and will begin play at the Youth Olympic Festival next Thursday, Jan. 15. The beach volleyball event runs until Sunday, Jan. 18.

In her career, Roenicke has represented the United States at the 2007 Under-19 World Beach Volleyball championships in Poland and at the 2008 U-19 World Championships in the Netherlands this past summer. In the most recent trip, Roenicke and Serrano graduate Caitlin Ledoux took fifth place, the best finish for an American girls team.

We’ll have updates on Roenicke’s progress at the event, but for information, the website for the Youth Olympic Festival is