The St. Lucy’s Priory and Chino Hills girls volleyball teams, who fought it out for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA title on Saturday, with the Regents winning in four sets, appear to be on another collision course after both swept their first round matches in the CIF State Southern California Regionals.
St. Lucy’s, the top seed in Division II, swept No. 8 Mt. Carmel, 25-21, 25-16, 25-12 at Damien High School. The No. 3 Huskies, forced to take to the road, took down No. 6 Palisades, 25-17, 25-19, 25-10.
The Regents will host Downey, which defeated Edison, of Fresno, while Chino Hills will host Troy, who defeated Scripps Ranch, on Saturday. If both win, they will meet for the regional final next Tuesday, with St. Lucy’s hosting.
St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas, despite his team’s easy win, wasn’t pleased with the Regents’ effort.
“The whole problem is that your whole goal all year is to win (a Southern Section title),” Douglas said. “You don’t talk about going to state, don’t talk about anything else, you just want to win (the section). And we came in here still thinking about winning the championship.
“We didn’t play well tonight at all. Luckily, we were able to get through. It was kind of a hangover match. We have to step it up for the next rounds.”
Said junior Jasmine Warmington, who had a team-high nine kills: “I just think we need to focus a little more,” Warmington said. “We know what it takes to win and we know we have it, but we have to execute better. We have to play every game like it’s the championship.”