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SVC overpowers Cypress to earn shot at record-tying title

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team swept its way past visiting Cypress, 25-11, 25-16, 25-15, in a CIF-SS Division 4 semifinal Wednesday night.

The Warriors (34-3) were led by senior captain Noah Dyer, who had 17 kills and five aces.

“He was steady as usual,” Coach Ryan Van Rensselear said. “It’s no secret that he is the key to our offense and defense, and he performed well tonight.”

SVC will play Crean Lutheran in the championship game Saturday at Cerritos College. The Warriors are seeking their fourth consecutive CIF championship.

“It means a little bit more than the others because it’s senior year, but it’s not done yet,” Dyer said. “It’s a championship against a good team and we have to put in work and go hard.”

SVC jumped on Cypress (19-2) early. The Warriors went on an 8-2 run to begin the match and won the first set 25-11 with a Dyer block.

The Centurions made it tough on the Warriors in the second set. Facing set point, Cypress went on a 4-0 run before a SVC timeout. Setter Christopher Cons set up good shots for his teammates.

“They have a great setter who moved the ball very quickly and it created problems for us,” Van Rensselear said.

The Centurions fought hard in the third set but the Warriors’ defense made it tough for them to score. Three players had double-digit digs for SVC, led by Jon Minsberg who had a game-high 14.

Cypress had an 18-match win streak snapped.

“I’m really pleased with our performance this season,” Cypress coach Alex Griffiths said. “We are new to winning and new to the playoffs. Seeing their (SVC) ranking and record may have psyched us out a bit and definitely influenced how we played.”

SVC is vying to become just the fourth volleyball program to win four consecutive CIF-SS titles.

“This senior class is the catalyst for this program. They are amazing young men and will be irreplaceable,” Van Rensselear said.


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