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No. 2 Los Alamitos sweeps league showdown
Neither team on the court for Wednesday's Sunset League girls volleyball match between second-ranked Los Alamitos and fifth-ranked Newport Harbor resembled the one their coaches expected at this time of the season.
The host Griffins were without outside hitter Christina Maietta (broken finger), but were able to compensate for her absence to sweep the Sailors, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15 to conclude the first half of league play.
Los Alamitos (23-3, 5-0) wasn't alone in missing players. The Sailors (14-6, 4-1), who were already without top outside hitter Tristen Thompson (knee), also didn't have the services of setter Torey Thompson, middle blocker Carolyn Bockrath, outside hitter Sierra Brown and middle blocker Kaelin Davis. All of those players, according to Coach Dan Glenn, were suspended for the week for violating team rules.
All four will return next week, he said.
"We knew their one outside (Tristen Thompson) was out with an injury," Los Alamitos coach Dave Huber said. "We talked about it today. You know when you play Newport that they're going to do some things and they're going to do them really well. It doesn't really matter if you know anybody on the team.
"They're going to be discipline and they're going to do their job, pretty much. We just had to make sure we were discipline on our side."
In the second set, the Sailors led, 14-12. The Griffins scored five consecutive points to regain control. Eventually, setter Justine Wong-Orantes ended the set with an ace.
Annie Hale led Los Alamitos with seven kills and Crissy Jones added six.
Gabby Shelley led Newport Harbor with nine kills. Remy Wilson, Leah Castillo and Mary Lyon had four kills apiece. Setter Logan Grove had 23 assists.
"You have to play well to beat them (Los Alamitos) and we didn't play well," Glenn said. "We would have had to play very well to have a chance to compete and we didn't that.
The teams will meet again Oct. 30.
Also in the Sunset League
Huntington Beach 3, Edison 1: Megan Gibbs had 20 kills and seven blocks to lead the visiting Oilers (11-7, 3-2) in the 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-11 victory.
Amanda Linzmeyer added 11 kills for the Oilers, who are in third place.
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