Girls Volleyball Playoffs: St. Lucy’s ready to chase third straight CIF title after to moving to Division 1A

By Keith Lair, SGVN

There is a familiarity among the top high school volleyball teams in the San Gabriel Valley area.

Those teams have scored a lot of 3-0 victories this season, they have won a lot of matches and league titles. The pay off is one of the top seeds for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Four area teams scored top seeds on Saturday, when the CIF-SS announced its brackets for the 10-division playoffs, and three other area teams were granted seeded positions.

In all, 45 area teams earned playoff berths. The wild-card round is Monday night and the first round on Tuesday night. The second round is scheduled for Thursday with championship matches set for Nov. 17 at Santiago Canyon or Cypress colleges.

St. Lucy’s, Whittier Christian, Alverno and St. Monica Academy all earned top seeds. La Salle earned a No. 2 slot and San Gabriel and La Puente each earned No. 4 seeds.

The most compelling tournament for valley volleyball fans may be in Division 1AA. St. Lucy’s, which has won the last two Division 2AA titles, could meet La Salle at Santiago Canyon for the title. The teams played for the title last year, the Regents winning in three games.

“That would be awesome,” La Salle coach Tiare Tuitama said of the possibility of facing St. Lucy’s. “There’s that whole rivalry. It will be over the top with emotions.”

Earlier this season, St. Lucy’s defeated La Salle in five games. It was the last time the Lancers (29-2) lost a match. The Del Rey League champions have won 12 in a row. The Sierra League champion Regents (22-6) have not lost a scheduled five-game match this season.

That September showdown was the only five-game match that either team has played this season.

“We haven’t played very many five-gamers and we’ve been practicing really tough in practices because we know these games will be harder,” Tuitama said.

St. Lucy’s will play either Bishop Amat or Notre Dame on Tuesday.

La Salle faces either Simi Valley or Saugus on Tuesday.

Whittier Christian earned the 2A top seed. The Olympic League champion Heralds (30-3) lost to Downey in the division’s final in five games last year. The Heralds lost in the semifinals to Troy a year earlier and won the division title in 2009.

Troy is in the No. 7 spot and can only play Whittier Christian in the final. Division 3AA champion Chadwick has moved into the division.

“It’s more of an unknown,” Whittier Christian coach Shawn Hunter said. “Teams went up and dropped down. We’ve had some newcomers in the polls. It’s made it a new twist.”

The Heralds will play either Tustin or Pasadena. The Bulldogs took fourth in the Pacific League and won the coin flip. They play Monday night.

Alverno and St. Monica Academy drew the top seeds in the two Division 5s.

Both stepped up throughout the season to play tougher competition to get to the top spot and drew byes in the first round. Alverno (16-3), the Horizon League champion, will face the Lone Pine-San Gabriel Academy winner on Thursday in 5AA and St. Monica (21-4-1), the International League titlist, will face the University Prep-San Fernando Valley winner on Thursday in 5A.

Almont League champion San Gabriel (27-3-2) is seeded fourth in the 3A and will play host to Whitney Academy. Montview League champ La Puente (17-10) is seeded fourth in the 4A and will host to Providence.

Other area league champions with home games on Tuesday include La Canada (16-11, Rio Hondo) against Paramount and Los Altos (21-8, Hacienda) against Grace Brethren in 2AA; Arcadia (22-6, Pacific) against Rio Mesa in 2A; La Serna (24-8, Del Rio) against Campbell Hall in 3AA; San Dimas (18-6, Valle Vista) against Ramona and Rosemead (16-3, Mission Valley) against San Bernardino in 3A; and St. Paul (13-13, Camino Real) has a first-round bye in 4AA.

There are two definite valley matchups on Tuesday. Pasadena Poly will be at Maranatha in the 2A and Schurr will be at Northview in the 3A.

Other Monday wild-card games include Chino Hills at Agoura in 1A, Sonora at Westridge in 2A and Loma Linda Academy at Montebello in 3A.

First round, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Top Half
Winner wild-card A at No. 1 St. Lucy’s
Laguna Hills at Westlake
Moorpark at Hart
Cajon at El Dorado
Esperanza at Capistrano Valley
Redlands at Lakewood St. Joseph
West Ranch at Louisville
Winner wild-card B at No. 4 Laguna Beach
Bottom Half
Winner wild-card C at No. 3 Thousand Oaks
Bishop Montgomery at Estancia
Anaheim Canyon at Ayala
Flintridge-Sacred Heart at Valencia
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Harvard Westlake
San Juan Hills at Foothill
Claremont at Redlands East Valley
Winner wild-card D at No. 2 La Salle
Wild-card matches, Monday, 7 p.m.
A–Bishop Amat at Notre Dame/SO
B–Chino Hills at Agoura
C–El Toro at Villa Park
D–Simi Valley at Saugus

First round, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Top Half
West Covina at No. 1 North Torrance
La Reina at Gahr
San Marino at King
Righetti at Rancho Cucamonga
Arroyo Grande, bye
Paramount at La Canada
Norco at Diamond Bar
No. 4 Oaks Christian, bye
Bottom Half
Monrovia at No. 3 Downey
El Segundo at San Luis Obispo
Grace Brethren at Los Altos
Eastvale Roosevelt at Los Osos
Atascadero at Corona Santiago
Warren at St. Bonaventure
Alta Loma at South Pasadena
Bonita at No. 2 South Torrance

First round, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Top Half
Wild-card winner at No. 1 St. Margaret’s
Westminster La Quinta at Gabrielino
Ramona vs. San Dimas at Life Pacific College (San Dimas)
Arrowhead Christian at Templeton
Garden Grove at Aquinas
Santa Ynez at Carter
Covina at Jurupa Valley
Whitney at No. 4 San Gabriel
Bottom Half
Western Christian at #3 Sage Hill
San Bernardino at Rosemead
Schurr at Northview
Lompoc Cabrillo at La Sierra
Crean Lutheran at San Gorgonio
El Monte at Nipomo
Bell Gardens at Bolsa Grande
Nogales at No. 2 Ontario Christian

First round, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Top Half
Duarte at No. 1 Pacifica Christian
Cate at Carpinteria
Desert Chr Acad vs. Vistamar at Dana MS (Hawthorne)
Bishop at Archer
New Roads at St. Anthony
Downey Calvary Chapel at Mesa Grande Academy
Dunn at Desert
Providence at No. 4 La Puente
Bottom Half
Kern Valley at No. 3 Bell-Jeff
Buckley at CAMS
Santa Clara at Laguna Blanca
Redlands Adventist at Gladstone
Milken at Nordhoff
Azusa at Rolling Hills Prep
St. Genevieve at Holy Martyrs
Joshua Springs at No. 2 Frazier Mountain

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