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Santa Margarita's Meghan McClure, left, and Hannah Dolan will try to lead the Eagles to the championship in Division 1AA. The Eagles are the No. 4 seed in the division.

O.C. teams enter volleyball playoffs with high hopes

STAFF WRITER

Winning consecutive titles in the CIF-SS Division 1AA girls volleyball playoffs hasn’t happened since 1998-99.

Redondo Union will attempt to accomplish the feat this year, but as has been proved all year long, the field chasing the champions, is as capable of making a run to the final as well.

Pairings for the CIF-SS championships were released Friday.

“I think it will be interesting,” Santa Margarita coach Katy Daly said. “I don’t think there is a team this year that’s 100 percent going to win it.

“Every team has lost to teams. I think every team in the (CIF) top 10 has a chance to take home that ring. In the second round, you’re still going to see teams that can fire up and knock off someone. I think it is going to be really exciting to see this year.”

Great Oak of Temecula is the second seed, followed by Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach and Santa Margarita.

One of those teams in the hunt is Mater Dei. The Monarchs have advanced to second consecutive CIF finals, but have come up short both times, losing to Los Alamitos in 2013 and Redondo Union last year.

Northwood (Pacific Coast League) and Orange Lutheran (Trinity League) received at-large berths into the Division 1AA playoffs. Both teams finished fourth in their respective leagues, but had an overall record above .500.

Trabuco Hills and Aliso Niguel finished tied for the Sea View League title. The Mustangs are the third overall seed in Division 1A with the Wolverines receiving the No. 4 seed. Both have first-round home matches Tuesday.

Esperanza is the third seed in Division 2AA. St. Margaret’s is the second seed in Division 3AA and has a first-round bye. Sage Hill is the fourth seed.

Saddleback Valley Christian (Division 3A) is the only county school ranked No. 1 in a division. SVC is in search of its third consecutive CIF title, having won the 4AA title in 2013 and the 3A title last year. The Warriors will begin the playoffs at home against Ramona of Riverside.

Express League champion Tarbut V’Torah is the top seed in Division 5A.

There are two wild-card matches set for tonight, but no county teams are involved.

Second-round matches are set for Thursday, followed by quarterfinals Saturday and semifinals, Nov. 17. The finals are set for Nov. 20-21.

Aliso Niguel (1A) and Sage Hill (3AA) also earned CIF titles last year.

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CIF-SS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS

All matches 7 p.m. unless noted

Division 1AA

First round, Tuesday

La Salle at Redondo; Beckman at Long Beach Poly; JSerra at Chaparral; Dana Hills at Marymount; Temecula Valley at Huntington Beach; Harvard-Westlake at St. Joseph/Lakewood; Northwood at San Juan Hills; Millikan at Santa Margarita; Woodbridge at Mira Costa; Los Alamitos at Lakewood; San Clemente at Flintridge/SH; Murrieta Valley at Mater Dei; Long Beach Wilson at Corona del Mar; Peninsula at Edison; Lutheran/Orange at Bishop Montgomery; Notre Dame/SO at Great Oak

Division 1A

First round, Tuesday

Canyon/Anaheim at Redlands East Vly; Saugus at Westlake; ML King at Ventura; Calabasas at Valencia/Valencia; Upland at Villa Park; Santa Barbara at Norco; Citrus Valley at Aliso Niguel; Roosevelt at Trabuco Hills; West Ranch at Thousand Oaks; St. Lucy’s at Yucaipa; Agoura at San Marcos; Redlands at Chino Hills; Newbury Park at Hart; El Toro at El Dorado

Division 2AA

First round, Tuesday

Estancia at Warren; Paso Robles at South Pasadena; Westridge at West Torrance; Valley Chr./Cerritos; Moorpark at Arroyo Grande; Downey at Yorba Linda; San Marino at Mayfield; Paramount at Esperanza; Mission College Prep at Royal; Whittier Chr at Calvary Chapel/SA; Pasadena Poly at South Torrance; Camarillo at San Luis Obispo; Gahr at Maranatha; North Torrance at Monrovia

Division 2A

Wild-card round, Saturday

Burbank at Palm Springs

First round, Tuesday

Glendale at Louisville; Crossroads at Oxnard; Claremont at Apple Valley; Walnut at Palm Desert; La Quinta/La Quinta at Glendora; Sonora at Los Altos; Notre Dame Academy at Cypress; Arcadia at Viewpoint; Winner A at Sierra Canyon; Rio Mesa at Alemany; Sultana at Diamond Ranch; Pacifica at Troy; Pacifica/Oxnard at Burroughs/Burbank; Sunny Hills at Bonita; Valencia at Xavier Prep; Brentwood at Serrano

Division 3AA

First round, Tuesday

Culver City at Granite Hills; Eastside at Valley View; Crean Lutheran at Cerritos; La Mirada at La Serna; Rialto at El Segundo; Victor Valley at Quartz Hill; Paloma Valley at Sage Hill; Oxford Academy at Rim of the World; Norwalk at Pioneer; Silverado at JW North; Lancaster at Santa Monica; Jurupa Hills at Highland; Poly/Riverside at Heritage

Division 3A

First round, Tuesday

Ramona at Saddleback Valley Christian; Covina at El Monte; Morro Bay at San Gabriel; Notre Dame/Riverside at Beaumont; Patriot at Loma Linda Academy; Montebello at Northview; Connelly at Vista Del Lago; Mountain View at Santa Ynez; Western Christian at Templeton; Moreno Valley at Webb; West Valley at Bell Gardens; South El Monte at La Sierra; Hillcrest at Hemet; Aquinas at Gabrielino; Nipomo at Wilson/Hacienda Heights; Banning at Woodcrest Christian

Division 4AA

First round, Tuesday

CAMS at La Reina; La Quinta/W at Ocean View; Dunn at St. Paul; Yucca Valley at Archer; Pomona Catholic at Shadow Hills; Santiago/GG at Don Lugo; Grace Brethren at Rolling Hills Prep; Milken Community at Laguna Blanca; Providence/Burbank at Vistamar; Ontario at Segerstrom; St. Monica Catholic at Desert Mirage; Providence/SB at St. Bonaventure; Hawthorne MSA at St. Anthony; Twentynine Palms at Pacifica Chr./SM; Nordhoff at Garden Grove; Loara at Alta Loma

Division 4A

First round, Tuesday

Edgewood at San Gabriel Mission; Lone Pine at St. Genevieve; Savanna at Duarte; St. Bernard at Mammoth; Ramona Convent at Katella; Azusa at Pomona; Santa Clara at Summit; Boron at Bish Conaty-Loretto; Santa Paula at Mary Star; La Puente at Fontana; Vasquez at Century; Grand Terrance at Foothill Tech

Division 5A

Wild-card round, Saturday

A: Westmark at Mesrobian

First round, Tuesday

Winner A at Tarbut V’Torah; Big Pine at Da Vinci Design; San Fernando Valley at San Jacinto Valley; Apple Valley Chr at Lake Arrowhead Chr; New Harvest Chr at Hillcrest Chr/TO; Hesperia Chr at Immanuel Chr.; Eastside Chr. at Le Lycee; Calvary Chapel/MV at Academy/Acad Exc; Newbury Park Advent at St. Monica Acad; Southlands Chr. at Crossroads Chr.; Noli Indian at Baker Valley; Shalhevet at University Prep; Waverly at Einstein Acad.; Cornerstone Chr./W at Lucerne Valley; Riverside Prep at Public Safety Acad.; Ambassador at Avalon

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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