Huntington Beach, SVC look to make history in volleyball playoffs


The goals are similar for the Huntington Beach and Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball teams.

Both teams are aiming for a fourth consecutive CIF-SS title, but both will have different starting points on their journey this season.

There have been just three boys volleyball programs to win four consecutive CIF-SS titles: Loyola (1985-88), Santa Ynez (1999-2002) and Viewpoint (2005-08).

Huntington Beach, co-champs of the Sunset League, is the fourth seed in the Division 1 bracket, which was released Friday.

The Oilers (26-1) will open at home against Yorba Linda. They have a potential second-round match against Trinity League champion Mater Dei in the second round.

All first-round matches are Tuesday.

SVC (30-3) is the top seed in Division 4 and the overwhelming favorite to secure a spot in the history books.

“To win four (titles) in a row, you have to find what motivates you, (what gives you) the desire and hunger to do something great,” SVC coach Ryan Van Rensselaer said. “It is going to take humility, hunger and heart.”

SVC loaded its schedule with matches against some of the area’s top teams. It recently placed second in the Redondo Varsity Tournament.

“We have great ball control, and we do a great job of getting back into system quickly,” Van Rensselaer said.

SVC will start the playoffs Tuesday against the winner of today’s wild-card match between Sage Hill and Mayfair of Lakewood.

Crean Lutheran, the Academy League champion, is the second seed in Division 4 .

Laguna Beach is the second seed in Division 2

Second-round matches are Thursday, the quarterfinals are Saturday, the semifinals on May 18 and the finals on May 21.

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