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Huntington Beach's 113th win in a row sets national record

STAFF WRITER

ANAHEIM - The Huntington Beach boys volleyball team reached another remarkable high Tuesday night.

After two-plus years of trying to put their name in the record book, the Oilers finally set the national mark for consecutive wins with a 26-28, 25-20, 25-13, 25-20 nonleague victory over Servite.

The victory was the 113th consecutive for the Oilers, topping the mark of 112 set by Salem High of New Hampshire (2004-09).

“I think we’re going to start playing a little better now that this is over,” Huntington Beach coach Craig Pazanti said. “ . . . This is a lot of pressure for these guys.

“Getting this match over will definitely help where we’re trying to go. I think it will take a huge weight off of these guys’ shoulders to where we can just worry about just getting better this season and playing one game at a time.”

The top-ranked Oilers (9-0) have ended the last three years with CIF-SS and Southern California Regional titles.

Their last loss came against San Clemente in the final of the Orange County Championships on March 18, 2013. The Oilers closed that season by winning 24 consecutive matches. They went 40-0 in 2014 and 2015.

“When we got to the end of last season, I thought we could at least make a run at it (national record),” Pazanti said, “and I knew the group coming in this season would give it a chance.

“I think it is just a result of the process. I don’t think we ever set out and said, 'hey, we want to break that record,’ it is just something that more and more people have talked about, so we have to react to it.”

In the previous two seasons, the Oilers had the luxury of leaning on established stars such as TJ DeFalco, who now plays for Long Beach State. DeFalco was in attendance for Tuesday’s match at Servite.

New stars have emerged for the Oilers. Senior Sean Morrissey recorded 17 kills in the victory over the Friars.

“It feels good to get it over with,” Morrissey said. “It is a huge relief, now we can focus on working together and getting better.”

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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