HUNTINGTON BEACH - The banners commemorating Huntington Beach's 1993 and 1994 CIF-SS championship-winning boys volleyball teams will soon be joined by one for the 2013 team.
The Oilers won their first CIF-SS title since 1994 when they rallied to defeat Loyola of Los Angeles in five sets in last week's final.
Tonight, the Oilers (
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINALS
Saturday, May 25
HUNTINGTON BEACH (33-2) VS. LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES (32-4)
Where, when: Santiago Canyon College, 7:30 p.m.
How they got here: Huntington Beach, won CIF-SS Division 1 title: first round, def. Buchanan of Cl
Click through the slideshow to see photos from the CIF Southern California Regional boys volleyball semifinals and from the CIF-SS individual tennis qualifier matches played on Thursday (May 23, 2013).
The last match that the Huntington Beach boys volleyball failed to win was against San Clemente in March.
The teams' paths crossed again Thursday night, and this time in the Division 1 CIF Southern California Regional semifinal, the Oilers earned some revenge.
They took control of the match early and never let the Tritons get the
ANAHEIM – When the Esperanza boys volleyball team defeated Santa Barbara this past Saturday, the Aztecs accomplished their primary goal this season of winning the CIF-SS Division 2 championship.
Aztecs coach Isaac Owens and his players agreed that anything beyond that would be icing on the cake.
Esperanza rattled off
It had been more than a month since the San Clemente boys volleyball team had its entire lineup together, but Tuesday night the Tritons didn't miss a beat in getting back to the kind of dominant play that tethered the squad to the No. 1 county ranking for most of the season.
Still good enough to have reached the CIF-SS Division 1 semifin
Click through the slideshow to see photos from CIF Southern California Regional first-round volleyball matches and CIF USTA Southern California Regional first-round tennis matches played Tuesday (May 21, 2013.)
The Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team turned in another late comeback Tuesday night.
The Warriors dropped the first two sets of their CIF Southern California Division 3 Regional, but they never met the end of their season.
Saddleback Valley Christian won the final three sets to take the match, 18-25, 23-25, 25-19,
The season continues Tuesday for Huntington Beach, Esperanza, San Clemente, Saddleback Valley Christian and St. Margaret's boys volleyball teams.
The teams were selected for the Southern California Regional tournament. First-round matches are Tuesday, followed by regional semifinals on Thursday.
The regional finals are Saturday a
ORANGE – It had been nearly 20 years since the last CIF-SS finals appearance for the Huntington Beach boys volleyball program.
Saturday night, it might have felt that long for the Oilers to finally end the drought.
The fourth-seeded Oilers dropped two of the first three sets, the first two of the playoffs, but found enough
ORANGE – Jake Arnitz delivered again when his Esperanza teammates needed him.
Arnitz, a junior opposite hitter, tallied 44 kills on 72 attempts (.514) to carry the top-seeded Aztecs to the CIF-SS Division 2 title, defeating third-seeded Santa Barbara, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday at Santiago Canyon College.
ORANGE – At one point, the script didn't seem as if would have a perfect ending for the Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team.
The Warriors lost two of the first three sets and then one of their key components, freshman setter Noah Dyer, went down with a right ankle injury in the fourth set.
However, by the time
The members of the La Quinta boys volleyball team come from different parts of the campus.
The roster includes a former baseball player turned basketball player (Miguel Flores), a football star (Don Tran) and a water polo player (John Pham).
In all, 11 of the Aztecs' 14 players are part-time volleyball player
Saturday at Santiago Canyon College
No. 2 Loyola of Los Angeles (30-3) vs. No. 4 Huntington Beach (30-2), 7:30 p.m.
How they got here: Loyola: first round, def. Capistrano Valley, 25-23, 25-19, 25-5; second, def. Edison, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 18-16; quarterfinals, def. Redondo,
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Huntington Beach senior Matt Butler set the tone before the start of Wednesday's CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach.
"I took everybody outside, and we all agreed that we were willing to fight," Butler said. "The one word we used was willing ... if there was a fight, we were prepare
GARDEN GROVE — The fans of top-ranked Saddleback Valley Christian rose in unison, extended their arms in the air with one finger pointed toward the ceiling of the Garden Grove High gym.
The number signified the one point that SVC needed to close out its match with Garden Grove, but it also symbolized the chance for this SVC team to
LOS ANGELES – The dominant storyline surrounding the San Clemente boys volleyball team this postseason is how it has survived without star player, Lucas Yoder.
The Tritons survived a scare from Newport Harbor in the second round, and advanced to CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals by defeating Mater Dei in four sets on Satur
ANAHEIM - Outside hitter Jake Arnitz recorded 26 kills to lead Esperanza to a dominating victory over San Marcos of Santa Barbara, 25-21, 25-15, 25-15, in a CIF-SS Division 2 boys volleyball semifinal at Esperanza on Wednesday evening.
No 1 seeded Esperanza (28-4) advances to its first CIF volleyball final since 2007 and will try to earn
CIF-SS BOYS VOLLEYBALL SEMIFINALS
All matches Wednesday, 7 p.m. unless noted
No. 1 Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach (32-2) at No. 4 Huntington Beach (29-2)
Outlook: The top-seeded Mustangs took over that spot after San Clemente was defeated by Dana Hills late in the regul
Click through the slideshow to see photos from Division 1 and 4 boys tennis quarterfinals, the Southern Individual Regional Tournament in boys golf, and the Division 2 boys volleyball quarterfinal between Esperanza and Dos Pueblos played on Monday (May 13, 2013).
ANAHEIM - Late in the fourth set, the momentum had taken another unfortunate turn for the Esperanza boys volleyball team.
Esperanza, leading 2-1 in sets, had a three-point lead in the fourth set, before visiting Dos Pueblos of Goleta rallied to make things interesting and forced the Aztecs into a timeout.
During the break, a simp
Weedon (Springfield College) led the Knights in a big five-set upset of second-seeded Laguna Beach in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals, with his 20 kills (.357 percentage) and eight aces Saturday night. He also has 20 kills and four digs in a second-round victory over Claremont and nine kill