Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s wins rubber match, beats Chino Hills 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 to claim Division 2AA championship

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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
It wasn’t that Chino Hills didn’t push enough or want it enough during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA girls volleyball championship at Cypress College.
St. Lucy’s just pushed and wanted it a little more.
After splitting during the season and sharing the Sierra League title, the rubber match came down to the clutch points, St. Lucy’s winning just enough to pull out a come-from-behind 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 four-set victory to claim their first championship over a Huskies team that advanced to the finals in their first-ever trip to the playoffs. (to continue, click thread)

St. Lucy’s (30-9) ended the championship on a roll, winning its 14th consecutive while the fourth-seed Huskies (30-5) looked on in disappointment.
The season is not over, both are in the state playoffs that are announced today and start next week.
But that can wait, especially for the Regents.
“We’re not a scrappy team, that’s not our style but they made us play scrappy,” Regents coach Sean Douglas said. “They made us change the way we play, but this is the championship and you have to do whatever it takes, and sometimes that means willing yourself to the finish line and that’s what we did. I’m so proud of our girls.”
Heather Trueman was the anchor throughout for the Huskies, finishing
with 16 kills. Jordyn Siko, the team leader on her way to Cal State Bakersfield, and Shelley Anderson, each finished with 13 kills.
“We took the first one (set) and had a lead in the second and felt
like we were in control, but you knew neither side was going to give an
inch,” Huskies coach Dana Buzzerio said. “Someone has to win the big points
and that someone was them.
“It’s tough, someone has to be on this side (losing). You have to
give them a lot of credit, but I’m not disappointed with our effort, we left
it all on the floor.”
The first three sets were everything everyone expected it be, each
set tied 21-21, with the Huskies scoring the final three points of the first
set to take a 1-0 lead, only to watch the Regents level the match thanks to two huge Deanna Dalton plays, a dig that dropped in followed by a kill to squeeze out set two.
That set up a breathtaking third set, with Dalton coming up with a
huge kill to tie the score, 23-23.
The Huskies had a set-point after going up 24-23, but Megan Callen
tipped-home a winner to tie the score 24-24, then it was all Dalton again.
She smacked a kill down the line off a great set, then came up with a
set-clinching block that gave the Regents a 26-24 win, and they used that
momentum to close out the fourth.
“Nobody was going to blow each other out here, not with these two
teams,” Douglas said. “They (Chino Hills) competed phenomenally. They never
gave up and I never expected them too.”
Regents junior Jasmine Warmington finished with 14 kills and senior
Alissa Young finished with eight kills.
Freshman Sydney Blast and junior Jackie Macy played great too, but that it was Dalton that came up with the crunch-time shots didn’t surprise Douglas at all.
Dalton finished with a game-high 17 kills.
“That’s why she’s (Dalton) a senior captain, she’s been there and
done that before,” Douglas said. “In the big moments, you want your big
players to play big and she did.”
Dalton, of course, knows who butter’s her bread.
“This was about our team, everyone contributed to this,” Dalton said.
“I don’t make (shots) without being set-up. We don’t win without everyone
playing a role. That’s why it’s a team championship.”
Young, a senior the Regents rely on too, thanked the Huskies for
pushing them to the limit.
“No other team has pushed us like that before, it makes winning it
that much more special,” Young said. “It’s everything you expected and more.
This is what we worked so hard for, and to see it pay off … it’s just hard
to describe.”

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    WOW…..Chino Hills Huskies have never made the playoffs in Volleyball in the 10 year history of the school. This year they not only made the playoffs but the were league champs and now the CIF Finals…what a turnaround for the program..GOOD LUCK!

  • Go Regents!

    This is the first time in St. Lucy’s volleyball History that they made it to the CIF Finals.

    They are the three-peat Sierra League Champions and Hopefully the CIF Champions of Div. II-AA.

    Go Regents!!!!!!!!!! We are so proud of our girls.

  • Regents Fan

    Just to clarify something for “GO HUSKIES.” Chino Hills tied for championship with Lucy’s.

  • CHHuskies

    Also, for you Regent Fan, Chino Hills killed St. Lucy’s at home in three games, while St. Lucy’s beat Chino Hills in five. Just an FYI.

  • Top Seed

    To CHHuskey: You also got top seed and battled on your own home turf for the last two games. Where St. Lucy’s had the worse seed and came out on fire blowing everybody out.

    You guys are next!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve Ramirez

    Just got the news from Andrew Campa, who is covering boys water polo today: Nogales won the D7 boys water polo title, beating top seed Santa Ynez, 15-8.
    Congrats Nobles on bringing home the school’s first water polo title.

  • CHHusky

    That was a terrific way to capture two great teams playing for one championship. Thank you to the tribune for the excellent coverage all season. Hats off to an outstanding St Lucys team and school. We are so proud to have represented the Sierra League by playing for the finals together. Our girls have made history and can’t wait to play again Tuesday representing the southern section. Who knows maybe we’ll meet again to see who goes to San Jose! Congratulations Huskies on a remarkable season.

  • Clubber Lang

    No matter who won, it was a great day for Club West girls!

  • Go Regents!

    CH Huskies, you guys played a great match which could have easily gone the other way. Congrats on a fantastic season. So awesome to see two Sierra league teams go head to head for the championship.

    To all the Regent Players, congratulations on a fantasic finish. You guys finished on top and proved to everyone that you are the best. Congrats to the seniors as well. Megan, DeDe and Alysa, you guys did awesome! It was so great to see you finish a tremendous legacy that will be remembered forever by your banner that will hang in the St. Lucy’s gym for ever. No one will ever take that away from you guys!

  • Well wait a minute

    Clugger Lang, I don’t think you were talking about the CIF 2AA Champion team, because there were other GREAT volleyball clubs represented on the court last night. San Gabriel, PAC Jrs. Orange County Volleyball Club, to name a few. (I’m sorry if I left others out). Lets give credit to all the clubs & Coaches who helped produce wonderful volleyball players in the S.G. valley, past and present..
    CONGRATULATIONS to St. Lucy’s first ever, CIF 2AA Volleyball Championship & to Chino Hills for being a worthy opponent. Remember SL ‘Leave No Doubt’

  • socalfootball fan

    Congradulations to former sierra league(Diamond Bar) soccer star Alex Morgan for scoring the winning goal for team USA as they try to qualify for the women’s World Cup. Morgan the youngest player on the team(21) scored the game winner in injury time.

  • Well wait a minute

    Sorry, I meant Clubber Lang, it’s early in the morning 😀

  • VB Fan

    This match had nothing to do with clubs. Leave that b.s. out. This had everything to do with two high school teams that worked together and fought hard to get here. Nothing to do with individual players on eiher side.

  • Silly business

    Whay are there Club West shout outs? A lot of clubs were represented yesterday in talent.
    St. Lucy’s did a great job of never losing faith and doing their job. Fred and his team did a fantastic job covering the game and capturing the moments. One correction though, Callen was the one who got the game clinching block (please see SGV video below). With her one good hand at that. What happened to that kids hand anyway?
    It was great to come back and see the whole fan base and kids again. Very proud of all the girls. Especially Deedee, Alissa and Megan.

  • Well wait a minute

    Thank You VB fan, you said it well. It was about the “rubber match” between the Co-champs of the Sierra League. About going for the gold, in this case the BIG RED PATCH that reads CIF – ss 2010 Champions. Both teams played well, and Good Luck to all in the state competition!

  • SL Omega Mom

    To Silly Business: Yes, Megan Callen did get that block and thank you. But in the bigger scheme of things who cares…I mean, don’t get me wrong…no one was more excited than me (ok…Maybe Sean). But Megan has been doing this all season. It is one point in four sets and this is a team sport. Go Regents!!!!!

    Thank you SGV staff for the beautiful video and pictures online.

    To St. Lucy’s: What a journey… So proud of all of you. I just love these kids and coaches so much and more importantly they all really love each other too. I have never seen a dynamic like this. From the coaches (Thank you Sean, Mallory & Jeff), the players and the parents, this is a very special group of people that really do click. They have been a family for a longtime.

    Chino Hills: An awesome game. It could have been anyones game and congratulations on an incredible season. Good luck in state.

    Good luck in State Regents!!!!!!!!

  • Regents Fan

    btw, nice job Tom on the video. You did a great job putting that together and interviewing the girls.

  • St. Lucy’s Fan

    Congratulations St. Lucy’s Regents and Coach Sean Douglas.

    Sean Douglas came to us three years ago and we have won three Sierra League titles, two CIF quarter final apperances, One CIF Championship and now State Finals.

    Not to shabby Coach Douglas.

  • Coach of the Year?

    Coach Dana Buzzerio did an awesome job this year and a huge single season turn around. You deserve Coach of the Year recognition. Good job getting your players ready for all the pressures of CIF competition in their first ever appearance.

  • Coaches

    Buzzerio and the Huskeys had a great year. But this isn’t her first year. She came in the same time as Douglas. Douglas was handed a wildcard team when he came in. Buzzerio’s time will come but hands down it is Coach Douglas that deserves this moment.

  • State Finals

    Brackets are out and Chino Hills plays Palisades and St. Lucy’s plays Mt. Carmel.

    Good Luck Sierra League.

  • #1 seed

    Great job Regents! Earned #1 seed in CIF State. And a home game.

  • FredJ

    So sorry for incorrectly not giving Megan Callen her credit on the block. They play so darn fast, every time I finished writing something down, someone was celebrating again. Anyway, it was great to watch, volleyball more than any other high school sport is pure emotion, every point feels like a game winning shot.

  • Huge crowd

    It was great to see the huge turnout for the match. St. Lucy’s only has 800 students but their side of the gym was packed. Many got there late because of the multiple accidents on the rain slicked freeways. They had a mini “Damien Pit” going that was well behaved and loud.

  • speaking of coaching?

    Are the rumors true that the Ayala coach is stepping down?
    Ghigh are you available?

  • speaking of coaching?

    Are the rumors true that the Ayala coach is stepping down?
    Ghigh are you available?

  • GHigh

    Speaking of coaching?
    Thanks for the compliment, but I haven’t heard anything about Ayala’s coach stepping down and I would be very surprised if he did. He has definitely put in a lot of hard work over there and seems to be very well respected. I’m enjoying my little pond for now and hoping we can turn around all of our sports programs at Ganesha.
    Good luck to St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills in State-that has to be awesome for both teams. Did Upland Christian get in as well? Time to get ready for next season. Ganesha will be hosting a Varsity and JV summer league starting in mid-june and our annual summer tournament if anyone is interested. Hoping for 18 teams in each and slots are filling up fast, as usual.

  • Gary

    The future looks great for St. Lucy’s. I believe both the freshman and JV teams were undefeated this year.

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