Chino Hills volleyball coach Andy Farrow wasn’t surprised his team got off to a slow start.
He was appointed late when the previous new coach hired had to back out of the job due to a full-time job commitment. And he only has about half a schedule, the first match coming about two weeks after most other teams played theirs.
But the Huskies have progressed, just in time for Baseline League play.
Chino Hills won the championship of the Ayala Tournament over the weekend despite playing without top player Kenzie Koerber who was making her official visit to the University of Utah to which she had already verbally committed.
The Huskies defeated Corona Santiago 25-20 in the one and only set of the title match. The final had to be limited to that so that the teams wouldn’t surpass the limit of playing 12 sets in a day.
Other big wins in that event came against Claremont, a team to whom they lost a non-league match to their second match of the season, as well as Riverside King.
“It’s a matter of getting to know each other,” Farrow said. “We played a solid six rotations and served well. It was just having more matches to get comfortable.”
Senior outside hitter Alexis Cardoza was named tournament most valuable player while junior setter Brooke Magill and junior libero Reva Blitz also earned All-Tournament honors.
Senior Taylor Johnson and sophomore Raeleen Saunders split time in the front row in place of Koerber while junior Kendra Lim played Koerber’s spot in the back row.
The Huskies, now 11-1, continue league play on Tuesday against Upland.