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No delaying Edison sweep in regional opener

STAFF WRITER

The Edison girls volleyball team had an extended break since its last match and then encountered a delay to start Wednesday’s CIF SoCal Regional Division I match.

It didn’t seem to matter as the second-seeded Chargers swept visiting Granada Hills Charter, 25-13, 25-21, 25-14, in the opening round.

“It was our first state playoff game since 2004, definitely glad to get a victory,” Edison coach Matt Skolnik said.

Edison (32-8) was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on Nov. 5, losing in four sets to Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. After that, they reconvened the middle of last week to start prepping for the regional tournament.

“It was disappointing to not achieve one of the goals you talked about,” Skolnik said. “You hardly get a second chance at winning something, so we have another chance to win a CIF championship and that’s where we will put our focus on.”

The start of Wednesday’s match was delayed more than 30 minutes as the bus for Granada Hills Charter got stuck in traffic and the team didn’t arrive until it was nearly 7 p.m.

Cassidy Dennison and Hannah Phair led Edison with eight kills apiece. Jordan Gass added six. Dani Dennison had 10 digs and Lindsey Sparks had 30 assists.

Edison will host Clovis West in the second round Saturday night. Clovis West defeated Beckman, 27-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-25, 16-14, in a first-round game.

“With the new format, all the teams are good,” Skolnik said. “Clovis West is going to be another tough challenge on Saturday.”

Also in Division I:

Huntington Beach 3, Palisades 0: The top-seeded Oilers (30-4) opened the regional playoffs with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-18 home victory. Camryn Sanchez led Huntington Beach with 10 kills. Maggie Baker and Julia Jackson had eight apiece. The Oilers will host Eastlake of Chula Vista on Saturday.

In Division III

Claremont 3, Sage Hill 2: The sixth-seeded Lightning’s rallied from losing the first two sets, but dropped the fifth set, 17-15 to the visiting Wolfpack.

The complete scores were 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 17-15.

In Division V

Tarbut V’Torah 3, University Prep of Victorville 1: The fourth-seeded Lions (16-8) overcame a slow start to win 22-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21.

TVT will host fifth-seeded Immanuel of Reedley in the next round, Saturday.

Capistrano Valley Christian 3, Chula Vista Learning Center 0: Keara Rutz led the Eagles with 25 kills in the 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 home victory.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@scng.com


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